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En Storbritannias mest fremtredende biskoper, biskopen av Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali, advarer mot no-go soner for ikke-muslimer på de britiske øyer. Han hevder at mennesker av annen etnisitet og tro blir truet av fysisk overlast hvis de bor eller arbeider i områder av Storbritannia som domineres av fundamentalistisk islam.

Biskopens advarsel kommer samtidig med en undersøkelse som viser at senior-ledere og biskoper i den engelske kirkens parlament mener at Storbritannia blir ødelagt av masseinnvandring.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he compares the threat to the use of intimidation by the far-Right, and says that it is becoming increasingly difficult for Christianity to be the nation’s public religion in a multifaith, multicultural society.

His comments come as a poll of the General Synod – the Church’s parliament – shows that its senior leaders, including bishops, also believe that Britain is being damaged by large-scale immigration

Den pakistanskfødte biskopen advarer også mot forsøkene på å gi Storbritannia en økt islamsk karakter ved å introdusere offentlige bønnerop og en økende bruk av sharialover. I et angrep på Labour-regjeringen, sier biskopen at regjeringens multikulturalisme har ført til at landet er blitt dypt splittet:

In an attack on the Government’s response to immigration and the influx of «people of other faiths to these shores», he blames its «novel philosophy of multiculturalism» for allowing society to become deeply divided, and accuses ministers of lacking a «moral and spiritual vision».

Echoing Trevor Phillips, the chairman of the Commission for Equalities and Human Rights, who has said that the country is «sleepwalking into segregation», the bishop argues that multiculturalism has led to deep divisions.

David Davis, the shadow home secretary, has accused Muslims of promoting a kind of «voluntary apartheid» by shutting themselves in closed societies and demanding immunity from criticism.

Den omtalte undersøkelsen vil bli offentliggjort i sin helhet i løpet av uken, og viser at mer enn 1 av 3 innen den engelske kirken mener at et stadig mer multireligiøst samfunn truer landets kristne arv, og at regjeringen har skylden for splittelsen i befolkningen fordi den ikke har lyktes med å integrere innvandrere.

It found that more than one in three believe that a mass influx of people of other faiths is diluting the Christian nature of Britain and only a quarter feel that they have been integrated into society.

The overwhelming majority – 80 per cent – said that the Government has not upheld the place of religion in public life and up to 63 per cent fear that the Church will be disestablished within a generation, breaking a bond that has existed between the Church and State since the Reformation.

Calls for disestablishment have grown following research showing that attendance at Mass has overtaken the number of worshippers at Church of England Sunday services.

Katolske biskop Nazir-Ali blir sterkt kritisert av Ibrahim Mogra fra Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), som mener det er uansvarlig for en i Nazir-Alis posisjon å komme med slike kommentarer:

«He should accept that Britain is a multicultural society in which we are free to follow our religion at the same time as being extremely proud to be British. We wouldn’t allow ‘no-go’ areas to happen. I smell extreme intolerance when people criticise multiculturalism without proper evidence of what has gone wrong.»

Men biskopens syn deles av flere medlemmer av kirken. Nicholas Reade, biskopen av Blackburn, som har mange muslimer i soknet, sier at det blir stadig vanskeligere for kristne å utøve sin tro i områder der det er store konsentrasjoner av innvandrere med en annen religion.

He believes that increasing pressure will be put on the Government to begin the process of disestablishment and end the preferential status given to the Church of England. «The writing is on the wall,» he said.

Gordon Brown relinquished Downing Street’s involvement in appointing bishops in one of his first facts as Prime Minister – a move viewed by some as a significant step towards disestablishment.

Last night, Mr Davis said: «Bishop Nazir-Ali has drawn attention to a deeply serious problem. The Government’s confused and counter-productive approach risks creating a number of closed societies instead of one open, cohesive one. It generates the risk of encouraging radicalisation and creating home-grown terrorism.»

The Telegraph: Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims