UN reports bias against Muslims in UK

The United Nations says Britain’s war on terror has left Muslims feeling alienated in a nation that is no longer predominantly Christian.

The UN is questioning the treatment of Muslims living in Britain, 80 percent of whom feel discriminated against, especially with police having permission to search people without having to show reasonable suspicion. From 2004 to 2006, there has been an 84 percent increase in searches of people with ‘Asian appearance’, compared to an increase of 24 percent for white people. This has left Britons from Asian backgrounds feeling alienated in a country consisting of a large non-white population, considering themselves essentially British and entitled to equal treatment from authority figures.

Also under question is the role and privileges of the Church of England. A 23-page UN report shows two-thirds of the British people admit to no religious affiliation, unlike the UK’s 2001 National Census which claimed nearly 72 percent of the population to be Christian. Based on this report, the UN is calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England, stating it no longer reflected “the religious demography of the country and the rising proportion of other Christian denominations”.

Press TV, 24 February 2008