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British Reporter says the UK could become a Muslim nation

Friday, July 3, 2009

British Reporter says the UK could become a Muslim nation

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

LONDON, UK (ANS) -- A broadcaster and journalist has been telling London's Premier Radio that the United Kingdom 'could soon become a Muslim country.'

Peter Hitchens, who is an Anglican, says it's because Christianity is too feeble in Great Britain.

According to a broadcast story by the radio station, Hitchens is concerned the Christian religion that British society is based on is 'constantly trashed' and he predicts eventually Islam will become the dominant religion in Britain.

He said: "The problem is that it will happen not because Muslims are working or conspiring for it to happen, I don't believe for a moment that only but a tiny few would think in those terms. It will happen because Christianity in this country is too feeble."

Hitchens added: "Islam has the strength and will eventually also have the numbers to become dominant. That will change Britain in many, many different ways and people who want to drive Christianity out should work out now which one of those they prefer because if they don't get one they will get the other."

Premier Radio said his comments echo those of Alison Ruoff who last year suggested the Church of England was 'sleepwalking' into an Islamic state.

Ruoff is an evangelical lay member of the Synod and a former magistrate who says that under an Archbishop of Canterbury, who said it is inevitable that elements of Sharia Law will be introduced in the UK, the Church has not done enough to put its message across.

Ruoff says she believes the Government -- in an attempt to be politically correct -- is not preventing the growth of Muslim communities.

She told Premier Radio: "Christians are now being persecuted for wearing a Christian symbol. You can wear the veil as a Muslim but you can't wear a cross. The whole thing is ludicrous and needs turning on its head. The Church needs to say, 'no, we are Christians and this is a Christian society'."

Premier Radio says Pastor David Devenish -- the author of 'What on Earth is the Church for? -- disagrees and suggests the popularity at Alpha courses across Britain shows Christianity is growing.

He said: "I am more optimistic about the future of the Church in this country and see many signs of life. So I do not think Islam will become the major religion in the UK in the future."

Premier Radio says the rise of Islam in the UK has been fuelled by the growth of Muslims. The Muslim population has multiplied 10 times faster than the rest of society, the research by the Office for National Statistics reveals.

In an e-mail story, Premier says that in the same period, the number of Christians in the country fell by more than two million. Experts said the increase was attributable to immigration, a higher birthrate and conversions to Islam during the period of 2004-2008, when the data was gathered.

In its story, Premier Radio also says Ibrahim Mogra from the Muslim Council of Great Britain said Muslims are not trying to impose Islam on society and that the growth of Muslims should not be perceived as a threat to the rest of society.

He said: "I believe that the best future for Britain comes from a combination of religions and non-religious communities and societies. If you speak to an overwhelming majority of Muslims in our country they have no problem with Christianity being the main religion of our country."

The comments by Hitchens come in the same week the Assistant Bishop of Newscastle, The Rt Rev Paul Richardson, said declining church attendance and the rise in multiculturalism meant that "Christian Britain is dead."

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