I’m not a fan of Christopher Hitchens, but his article on British Islamic extremism in the most recent Vanity Fair makes some good points.
Hitchens mentions a documentary called “Undercover mosque” (below) which is also worth a look, though if you make it past 23 minutes you will have done better than me.
I stopped at that point because the accent of a young Muslim cleric reminded me of some of my Muslim mates at university 30 years ago. The midlands accent is about the only thing they have in common though; the contrast between my happy-go-lucky friends and these guys couldn’t be more stark. Somehow I can’t imagine the people I used to hang out with saying:
And if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her.
Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain.
It’s a shame I’ve lost contact that with that group of friends, because I’d be fascinated to know what they make of the current swing of the pendulum in the UK. Perhaps they even have children who are caught up the mosques depicted in the movie.
It’s strange, of all the possible futures for Britain in the 21st century, I never would have predicted this.