‘Bishop of Rochester leads the way’ says Torygraph

“There is a fair chance that the sort of comments that attract criticism, not only from the political establishment but also from the self-appointed spokesmen of the Muslim community are worth hearing. So it is with the weekend’s unvarnished warning from the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, of the perils of multiculturalism….

“By focusing on the way the adhan, or call to prayer, is delivered through amplified loudspeakers in an attempt to ‘impose an Islamic character on certain areas’ and by questioning whether non-Muslims ‘wish to be told the creed of a particular faith five times a day on the loudspeaker’, the bishop was raising an issue of genuine concern in many communities. As a tolerant, Christian country we resent it if any group seeks to take advantage of that tolerance by trying to impose its own views.

“Yet Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems have responded with knee-jerk predictability, desperate as ever not to offend Muslim sensibilities. It shows once again how difficult it is to engage in a mature debate about the damaging impact of multiculturalism in this country in general, and the threat posed by Islamic radicalism to our way of life in particular.”

Daily Telegraph, 8 January 2008