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Muslims 'right about decadent UK'
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The MPs say lawlessness in UK society is plain to see
Muslims who criticise the 'decadent' nature of British society are right, a group of Conservative MPs has said.

In a letter to The Spectator, the six newly-elected MPs support criticism of the UK's "lawlessness, family breakdown ... binge drinking" and "brutishness".

Brian Binley, Peter Bone, David Burrows, Philip Davies, Robert Goodwill and Mark Harper represent a "new generation" of Tory MPs, they say.

They blame "woolly-minded" liberal thinking for society's sliding values.

In the article, the MPs endorse the views of John Hayes, who wrote previously in the magazine that many moderate Muslims believe much of Britain is decadent.

'Order and decency'

The six say liberal thinking among MPs "including some who curiously wear the badge of Conservatism" snubs traditional values.

Many Muslim parents are concerned at how to protect their children
Inayat Bunglawala, Muslim Council of Great Britain

"Some liberals remain in denial, unwilling to face the decadent consequences of years of their ideas being put into practice, " they write.

"But whether it is lawlessness, family breakdown, the menace of drugs, binge-drinking, teenage pregnancies or merely the coarse brutishness which, as Mr Hayes suggests, has infested popular culture, the results of years of woolly-minded liberal thinking (with the licentiousness it has created) are plain to see."

'Concern'

Inayat Bunglawala, media representative for the Muslim Council of Britain, said there are many Muslim parents worried about "some of the values and traditions in Britain".

"It is true that many Muslim parents are worried for their children by a culture which often seems to justify instant gratification, such as binge-drinking and promiscuity," he said.

He added: "The discipline that Islam seeks to inculcate in its followers is warmly welcomed by Muslim parents."

Mr Bunglawala stressed that this did not mean a total rejection of British society and all its values, but he said issues such as more liberal gambling laws, soon to be introduced, caused concern.

"Many Muslim parents are concerned at how to protect their children .... they feel that their offspring can be affected by the impact of some aspects of the culture," he said.

In their letter, the six MPs also issue a warning to their own party, claiming the key to future success is answering "the people's plea for certainty, order and decency", rather than propping up "failed ideas of the liberal elite".




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