Islam is an intolerant religion which should be “challenged and confronted” at every level of society, according to an explosive article published by a Christian lobby group.
Tim Dieppe, director of Islamic Affairs at Christian Concern, has penned an investigation into ‘The Challenge of Islam in the UK’ which covers demographics, segregation, cultural influence, jihadists, sharia law, problems in society and the attraction of Islam.
Dieppe argues that Islam has a disproportionate influence on British culture given that it represents just five per cent of the population, referencing the increase in Halal meat in supermarkets, Islamic dress sold in high street retailers and excessive funding seeping into all levels of education.
“So far as religious influence goes, this is most symbolically demonstrated with the fact that many church buildings have been converted to Mosques. Indeed, the Mosque attended by the Manchester Arena attacker was previously a Methodist church. Perhaps even more shockingly, the Muslim call to prayer was chanted in Gloucester Cathedral earlier this year and in St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, the Qur’an was recited during a Communion service,” he states.
The report recognises a failure in Britain “morally and spiritually”, citing family breakdown and a loss of national identity among the reasons for this. It also admits that Christianity is seen as “weak and in decline”, adding: “Christians lack confidence in their beliefs and cannot define or defend their faith well.”
And with just five to seven per cent of Britons regularly attending church, alongside the backdrop of Islam being the fastest growing religion, the report author claims that the Muslim mindset is that Britain and the British people should accept Islam as the foundation for society.
The conclusion of the essay titled ‘How can the church respond?’ outlines ‘five pillars’ for reversing the current trajectory.
It states: “The church needs to build up resources for Christians to confidently challenge and confront Islam in our society at every level. Whether it is with friends or neighbours, or in the public square and in the media.
“There are aspects of Islam that need to be exposed. Islam is an intolerant religion. That does not mean that all Muslims are intolerant people. Rather, it means the ideology presented in the Qur’an and in the example of Muhammad is intolerant. It is also discriminatory against women and non-Muslims. It advocates violence and cruel punishments. It seeks political power. These things need to be exposed. The influence of Islam in our society needs to be resisted in law and in politics.”
Christian Concern, founded in 2004, then boldly argues that only “radical Christianity” can halt the Islamisation of Britain.
“In the end, the only effective response to radical Islam is radical Christianity. If more of us were radical, bold and unashamed about our faith, confident in confrontation and challenging Islam’s claims, then many more Muslims would turn to Christianity,” Dieppe adds.
“As it is, there are reports of churches baptising Muslim believers on a regular basis in some cases. God appears to have chosen Islam to awaken the church. The question is will we respond to this call?”
To read the full report, please visit this page.
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