‘Could a robust Christian response be the answer to Muslim extremism?’

Dominic Lawson interviews the Bishop of Rochester:

“Dr Nazir-Ali does not simply blame the Saudis, or other foreign governments who might have been funding militant Islam in the mosques of Great Britain, for the rise in Muslim chauvinism in this country. He blames the British people themselves, arguing that there has been a catastrophic collapse in Christian-based morality and spirituality in this country over the past 40 or so years and that this has created a ‘moral vacuum’ in society as a whole, which has been increasingly filled – at least in the minds of impressionable youth – by fundamentalist Islam…. Dr Nazir-Ali is deeply critical of the way in which New Labour, supposedly packed with devout Christians, has indulged men such as Yusuf al-Qaradawi.”

Independent, 7 December 2007