Trevor Phillips is helping to present the study as a way of making up for having gotten “almost everything wrong” during his tenure in government. While heading the commission he led the formation of an official report that created and popularized the term “Islamophobia” as a way of stigmatizing any criticism of Islam or of mass Muslim immigration. Now, he admits he was wrong about everything.
His comments ought to improve the debate over mass immigration, at least. Since the 1997 report he commissioned, concern about large-scale Muslim immigration has been treated as if it were literally a psychological disorder. A “phobia” is a groundless, irrational fear that ought to be trained out of a person by aversion therapy or some other treatment. It is not in any way a concern to be taken seriously. It is simply a disorder that must be corrected.
Now we learn that those who were raising these concerns were right all along. The fear that the massive importation of Muslims would create significant changes in British culture turns out to be perfectly well-grounded. The suggestion that it would create a growing bloc of voters who wanted to repeal the unwritten British constitution in favor of sharia law was not a part of a ‘phobia’ at all. It was simply true.
Phillips is now attempting to make amends, in part by working to ensure practical steps are enacted to combat the Islamization of the U.K.
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