With this phrase Bishop Nazir Ali as skewered the central problem in the pysche of Islam in Europe. In a Sunday Times interview the Pakistan born Anglican cleric has spoken for the vast majority of Europeans in a way that their own leaders would never dare.
“Their complaint often boils down to the position that it is always right to intervene when Muslims are victims, as in Bosnia or Kosovo, and always wrong when the Muslims are the oppressors or terrorists, as with the Taliban or in Iraq,”
It is a simple anlysis, and one that is unanswerable. Indeed an attempt to answ this central point is amde by Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, who has decided that the truth is not “very helpful for community relationships”.
The Bishop went on to defend his adopted country and its values, again in a way rarely heard elsewhere,
“Characteristic British values have developed from the Christian faith and its vision of personal and common good. After they were clarified by the enlightenment they became the bedrock of our modern political life. These values need to be recovered to help us to inculcate the virtues of generosity, loyalty, moderation and love.”
Well, well, who would have thought it an Anglican bishop prepred to go out on a limb to defend British values. Next they might start believing in God and seeing an increase in those sitting in their pews. Stranger things have happened.