Muslimer i Storbritannia som har konvertert til kristendommen har dannet et undergrunnsnettverk, akkurat som dissidentene i det tidligere Sovjetunionen. De får liten eller ingen beskyttelse fra politi og myndigheter. Flere har vanskelig for å forstå at de lever i et vestlig land.
Det er vanskelig å forene deres versjon med norske eksperter som onsdag forsikret at æresdrap ikke hadde noe med islam å gjøre. Unni Wikan understreket at man finner æresdrap i nesten alle andre religioner. Vel, jeg har hørt om drap på ektefelle i India, når familien hennes ikke greier å betale medgiften. Men hvilken annen religion er det som praktiserer æresdrap på sine medlemmer midt i det sekulære Vesten? Ingen såvidt jeg vet. Vi snakker ikke om skrullinger som Knutby-pastoren i Sverige.
Anne Sofie Roald, som slapp boka «Er muslimske kvinner undertrykt?» onsdag, snakket om en liten minoritet. Begge virker totalt ute av kontakt med den virkeligheten the Times beskriver. Her er historien til Hassan i Bradford:
THE first brick was thrown through the sitting room window at one in the morning, waking Nissar Hussein, his wife and five children with a terrifying start. The second brick went through his car window.
It was a shock, but hardly a surprise. The week before, another brick had been thrown through the window as the family were preparing for bed in their Bradford home. The victim of a three-year campaign of religious hatred, Mr Hussein’s car has also been rammed and torched, and the steps to his home have been strewn with rubbish.
He and his family have been regularly jostled, abused, attacked, shouted at to move out of the area, and given death threats in the street. His wife has been held hostage inside their home for two hours by a mob. His car, walls and windows have been daubed in graffiti: «Christian bastard».
The problem isn’t so much what Mr Hussein, whose parents came from Pakistan, believes, but what he doesn’t believe. Born into Islam, he converted eight years ago to Christianity, and his wife, also from Pakistan, followed suit.
Mr Hussein told The Times: «It’s been absolutely appalling. This is England — where I was born and raised. You would never imagine Christians would suffer in such a way.»
The police have not charged anyone, but told him to leave the area. «We feel completely isolated, utterly helpless. I have been utterly failed by the authorities. If it was white racists attacking an Asian guy, there would be an absolute outcry,» he said. «They are trying to ethnically cleanse me out of my home. I feel I have to make a stand as an Asian Christian.»
Yasmin, who was raised in the North of England, has been forced out of her town once, and is now trying to resist being chased out again. Brought up in a Muslim family, she converted after having a vision of Jesus when she gave birth to her youngest son, and was baptised in her thirties.. «My family completely disowned me. They thought I had committed the biggest sin — I was born a Muslim, and so I must die a Muslim. When my husband found out, he totally disowned my sons. One friend tried to strangle me when I told him I was converting,» she said.
«We had bricks though our windows, I was spat at in the street because they thought I was dishonouring Islam. We had to call the police so many times. I had to go to court to get an injunction against my husband because he was inciting others to attack me.»