Unquotable Quotes

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Salaam blogger’s own Islamophobia watch: quotations by ‘leaders of society’ about Muslims in Britain – statements that serve to promote misunderstandings and prejudices…Muslims should choose between the “British way” of political dialogue and non-violence and the “way of terrorists” and asked Muslims to use clearer and stronger language against terrorism
Dennis McShane, November 2003

Terror does not necessarily come to a society from outside. The virus can be incubated from within. Nor does it come from the unemployed, the disaffected, people with a reason to feel resentful. We now know, as a result of many research studies, that there is no specific sociological background or psychological profile that would allow us to identify in advance a potential suicide bomber. Terror gives no warning before it strikes.
Jonathan Sacks, July 2005


…there can be no negotiation about the re-creation of the Caliphate; there can be no negotiation about the imposition of Sharia law; there can be no negotiation about the suppression of equality between the sexes; there can be no negotiation about the ending of free speech. These values are fundamental to our civilization and are simply not up for negotiation
Charles Clarke, October 2005

Muslims who wish to live under a system of sharia law should leave Britain…We have one set of laws … and that’s the end of the story. If you want to have laws decided in another way, you have to live somewhere else” Trevor Phillips, February 2006

There is evidence of serious, but not widespread, Islamist extremist activity in higher education.
Bill Rammell, May 2006

Muslims had ‘a completely false sense of grievance against the West’ Tony Blair, July 2006

Government had to “stamp out” Muslim schools which sought to change British society to fit Islamic principles
Ruth Kelly, August 2006

I think we are in a battle and I think the western world, a large part of it, is in a complete state of denial about it. Now I feel so strongly about it that I can’t back away from that.
Tony Blair, September 2006.

Look for the telltale signs now in your children and talk to them before their hatred grows and you risk losing them forever. In protecting our families, we are protecting our community. John Reid, September 2006

There are, and there will be, no “no-go areas” in our country for any of our people, whatever our background, colour or creed. We will go where we please, we will discuss what we like and we will never be brow-beaten by bullies. That’s what it means to be British. John Reid, October 2006

The defensiveness of some in the Muslim communities has hardened into a sensitivity that turns the most neutral of comments into yet another act of persecution. This is not what anyone intended and it is the last thing Britain needs. This could be the trigger for the grim spiral that produced riots in the north of England five years ago. Only this time the conflict would be much worse. Trevor Phillips, October 2006

Muslims suffered from a victim complex: 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 Taleban or in Iraq. Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, November 2006

Margaret Beckett, today called for those who reject violence to “stand up and be counted” in the fight against global terrorism. Margaret Becket, November 2007

Alongside these developments, there has been a worldwide resurgence of the ideology of Islamic extremism. One of the results of this has been to further alienate the young from the nation in which they were growing up and also to turn already separate communities into “no-go” areas where adherence to this ideology has become a mark of acceptability. Ö It is now less possible for Christianity to be the public faith in Britain..the existence of chapels and chaplaincies in places such as hospitals, prisons and institutions of further and higher education is in jeopardy either because of financial cuts or because the authorities want “multifaith” provision, without regard to the distinctively Christian character of the nation’s laws, values, customs and culture.
Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, January 2008

English law is rooted in the Judaeo-Christian tradition and our notions of human freedoms derive from that tradition. It would be impossible to introduce a tradition like Sharia into this corpus without fundamentally affecting its integrity.
Bishop Michael Nazir Ali , 8th Feb 2008

There can be no exceptions to the laws of our land which have been so painfully honed by the struggle for democracy and human rights. His [Archbishop Rowan Williams] acceptance of some Muslim laws within British law would be disastrous for the nation.
Former Archbishop Lord Carey, 8th Feb 2008

A government minister has warned that inbreeding among immigrants is causing a surge in birth defects – comments likely to spark a new row over the place of Muslims in British society.
Sunday Times coverage of statement by Minister Phil Woolas, 10th Feb 2008

By concentrating on defining the various cultures that have come to call Britain home, we have forgotten to define the most important one: our own. So we now have a situation where the children of first-generation immigrants – children, let us remember, who have been born and raised here – feel more divorced from life in Britain than their parents. In America, 47 percent of Muslims think of themselves of Muslim first, American second. In Britain, it’s nearly twice that – with 81 percent of Muslims thinking of themselves as Muslim first and British second…. The reality is that the introduction of Sharia law for Muslims is actually the logical endpoint of the now discredited doctrine of state multiculturalism – seeing people merely as followers of certain religions rather than individuals in their own right within a common community – instituting, quite literally, a legal apartheid to entrench what is the cultural apartheid in too many parts of our country – a cultural apartheid enhanced by multiculturalism. David Cameron,26th Feb 2008