Facing Muslim realities

I argued in an article over a year ago that Europe was not about to be engulfed by Muslims, nor was our way of life under threat, though many people may find Muslim customs and practice alien: for example, the wearing of the hijab by women, the ultra-conservative treatment of women and sharia law.

But in a secular society, religious freedom, I maintained, was one of the fundamental pillars of all western democracies. In a free society we sometimes had to accept that other people’s choices would be different from our own. But this should not be a cause for fear or hatred. Muslims in general were not “the enemy within,” as some viewed them.

I have had cause to change my mind.