Maajid Nawaz is probably my favourite Muslim. He is clever, articulate, civilised, brave and believes that all reasonable points of view should be tolerated. He is essentially a western liberal who just happens to be a Muslim. Maajid is trying to win over Muslims to his interpretation of Islam and good luck to him. His interpretation of Islam strikes me as lying somewhere between well-intentioned wishful thinking and straightforward delusion. He claims that you can interpret any text in an almost infinite number of ways and his interpretation is that Islam teaches peace and tolerance. In this he will be cherred on by all moral relativists worldwide though I personally find such shikanery dishonest. I don’t believe that Mein Kampf can be viewed as a love letter to the Jews, no matter how you cock your head or squint. Equally, I don’t think the Koran advocates love and tolerance to non-Muslims. But whatever. If Maajid succeeds in convincing other Muslims that their religion really is peaceful and tolerant perhaps Britain will in future be blessed with a fairly peaceable Muslim population rather than the increasingly radicalised one of today that never stops moaning about being victimised.
However, even if he manages to win over British Muslims to his rather untraditional reading of his religion some things won’t change. Regardless of how Muslims interpret the Koran, Britain will still be on track to become a majority Muslim country, probably some time this century. Birmingham already has more Muslim than Christian children and other cities aren’t far behind. There will almost certainly be more burqas in the streets, even in the fishing villages of Cornwall and in the Highlands of Scotland. More mosques will be needed for the burgeoning Muslim population which will change the landscape completely. I suppose they could just knock down most of the churches that by then will be practically empty of Christians. New mosques can then be erected from the rubble.
There will be little point in the BBC spending millions of pounds on serialisations of Jane Austen or Thomas Hardy novels since most of the country would prefer a brand new dramatisation of something more relevant, say, Return to the Protocols of Zion.
This is the best case scenario. The worst is if Maajid fails and Britain is populated by a large group of hostile Muslims who despise Britain, as many already do. Then there will be nothing left for the natives to do but sell their houses at knock-down prices and hope Australia or New Zealand will take them in. Alternatively native Britons might finally decide to try and take back their country, which would probably mean a full-scale civil war. God knows which side the government and the army would be on.
Either way, politicians like Tony Blair and his crew who allowed this to happen, as well as the media, especially the Guardian and the BBC who vilified anyone who dared question the sanity of importing large numbers of poorly educated people from alien cultures, have a lot to answer for. It seems to me that only Enoch Powell, UKIP members and the Daily Mail come out of this with any honour at all.