“We thought they would gradually blend in to our culture – they won’t. We failed to spot the warning signs.”
Breitbart reports that the man who coined the term “Islamophobia” has admitted he got it all wrong. Trevor Phillips, the former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), will present a report about Muslim immigration titled, “What British Muslims Really Think” on Wednesday.
“Twenty years ago… I published the report titled ‘Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All,’ we thought that the real risk of the arrival of new communities was discrimination against Muslims. Our 1996 survey of recent incidents showed that there was plenty of it around. But we got almost everything else wrong,” Phillips says.
He wrote in the Times: “For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape. I should have known better.” “It’s not as though we couldn’t have seen this coming. But we’ve repeatedly failed to spot the warning signs,” he admits.
Phillips also said he had underestimated how fast the Muslim population would grow in the UK – they expected it to be about 2 million by 2020, but says it will actually be closer to 3 million – and they completely failed to foresee the urban conflicts as well as the Islamic terrorist attacks. Perhaps the most frightening reveal from his new report: “The younger the Muslim, the more likely they are to hold hard-line views.”
Phillips blames the elite political and media classes for refusing to acknowledge the truth. “Any undesirable behaviors are attributed to poverty and alienation. Backing for violent extremism must be the fault of the Americans. Oppression of women must be a cultural trait that will fade with time, nothing to do with the true face of Islam.”
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