I have lived in this country all my life and have lived and worked in many different places. The many immigrants I have come to know as colleagues and friends have enhanced my life with their friendship, camaraderie and fellowship. Most of those have, whilst retaining their own culture and identity, integrated well into our society showing respect for my culture and beliefs as I have done theirs. They have learnt the language, as any migrant would do, and got to know the ins and outs of British culture. With some migrants, as in all cultures, there are a few who choose not to integrate or speak the language, and they have to cope as best they can. However, there are some migrants who neither want to, or will integrate, who disrespect our culture and get offended at the slightest opportunity and who expect everyone else around them to change to suit their issues, language and culture. In my view, the main culture or religion that dominates this section of our society are Muslims.
So as a long time citizen of this Great United Kingdom which champions diversity, freedom of speech and democracy I feel it is time to TELL IT LIKE IT IS. To all the Muslims in our country, and anyone else who supports their beliefs, what I am about to say is what many people, irrespective of colour class and Religion, would say to you if they had the chance, opportunity or courage.
Muslims must understand that they have to adapt to the UK/British way of life; its customs, its traditions, it’s religions, because that is where THEY CHOSE to migrate. They must understand that it is for them to integrate and learn to live here, and that it is for them to change their lifestyle, not the British who so generously welcomed them.
They must understand that the British are neither institutionally racist nor xenophobic, they have accepted many immigrants before Muslims (whereas the reverse is that Muslims do not accept non-Muslim foreigners on their soil!), and that no more or less than other nations the British are not willing to give up their identity, traditions or their culture.
If Britain is a land of welcome, which it must be for so many migrants to choose to come here, it is the British People as a whole that has welcomed them.
So, it is for Muslims to adapt to the British culture not for Britains to adapt to Muslim culture.
The reason many Muslims face hostility in this country is because we are fed up worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Our culture has developed over several centuries, as has the Muslim culture, and the sacrifices of many millions of men and women through the ages have paid the ultimate price to retain the freedom and democracy that we enjoy.
So, if you wish to be accepted in our country, and for us to respect you and your culture, you must first respect ours, and this is what YOU must do to achieve that respect.
Our main language is ENGLISH, not Arabic, therefore if you wish to become part of our society, learn our language.
This is predominantly a Christian country, our Queen is the Defender of the Faith, a religion that teaches tolerance and forgiveness. This country is founded on Christian principles, and this is clearly documented in our literature and is part of our laws and culture, so it is right that we teach our children our Christian beliefs in schools which should be clear for all to see. We celebrate our God by our traditions of Christmas, Easter and other Christian festivals and if these traditions offend you then you should consider if Britain is the right place for you. We will respect your traditions and culture but the pupils in our schools will be mainly Christian so our tradition of the Nativity and other such christian events must be a part of that culture, and must be respected too. All we want from you is that you respect ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.
All Muslims must understand that in Great Britain with its Christian roots, Christmas trees, churches, flags and religious festivals, that religion must remain in the public domain, and there should be NO concessions to Islam and Sharia in our churches, schools or legal system.
For those of you that disagree with our way of life and culture and do not feel comfortable in Great Britain, there are 57 beautiful Muslim countries in the world, most of them under-populated and ready to receive you with open arms in accordance with Shariah.
If you left your country for Great Britain and not for another Muslim country then it must be because you have considered that life is better in Great Britain than elsewhere. So, ask yourself this question, just once: why is it better here in Great Britain than where you come from, and why is it better than a Muslim country?
This country of ours has freedom, democracy, free speech and many other benefits and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. However, if you aren’t happy here I would suggest you consider another advantage of living here, the right to leave. You chose to come here, we didn’t force you, so accept this country as it is, the country that accepted YOU.