Muslims as punching bags

Muslims, like Eastern European immigrants and teenagers, are the latest in a long line of convenient punching bags for issues such as:

– immigration and asylum seekers
– multiculturalism and ‘political correctness’
– the ‘Britishness’ (English) question
– dislike or hatred for the New Labour project
– the European Union

It wouldn’t surprise me if the above could be observed during the sharia furore. I haven’t done any sort of rigorous scientific survey of the data available, but an example which I clearly remember was a BBC vox pop with a member of the Church, who said he was unhappy with Rowan Williams’ comments as they were ‘another example of the country selling out’.

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