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Riddle me this, Catallarchy readers: why do so many Islamic fundamentalists reside in Britain?

Let me tell you what I already know/surmise. I am aware that many of them are from lands formerly in the British Empire. They were exposed to British institutions and now they're part of the larger family that Britain heads. They go for the modern conveniences like education, clean water, and being able to walk down the street mostly bomb-free. But for those who really, really believe that the West is evil, what process goes on in their heads that justifies continuing to live there? For instance, what's up with this guy? (Both the subject of the article and the subject of the photograph.)

Is it delusions of grandeur? Do they think they will convert the masses of Britain to Wahhabism? We can probably dismiss some of them as hypocrites, but what about the true believers?

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Great Britian, love it or

Great Britian, love it or leave it?

Haven't we been wondering

Haven't we been wondering the same thing about Europe's marxists? How about its "ecologists" and neo-nazists?

The answer is that they don't see a connection between the political system and the wealth and comforts they enjoy.

Riddle me this - why do so

Riddle me this - why do so many Christian fundamentalists reside in the US?

For instance, what's up with this guy?

Christian fundies are native

Christian fundies are native to this area. Muslim fundies generally aren't of British ancestry--they or their parents specifically had to decide to move to Britain. Christian fundies don't just decide to move to San Francisco.

The older generation knows

The older generation knows about the squalor they left: parts of the younger generation has never really internalised that. The key thing is that they - those parts - don't seem to have any inkling of Western notions of nation, patriotism etc. For them, only Islam matters. So they call Arabs in Iraq, who have no kinship ties with Muslims from the Punjab, "brothers" but have no respect for the christians/atheists/hindus/sikhs etc among whom they live. What proportion of the younger generation? I don't know.

So, it is quite valid to

So, it is quite valid to judge some one third of the world's population on the words of one man. Well OK, I can accept that there might be 10,000 others perhaps.

How many versions of Robertson and Falwell are there floating around the world... preaching murder and hatred to their congregations. I can add possibly another two here in NZ starting with the very reverend bishop Brian Tamaki. He might not reach the extremes of Robertson and co but he is of the same ilk...

So, it is quite valid to

So, it is quite valid to judge some one third of the world’s population on the words of one man. Well OK, I can accept that there might be 10,000 others perhaps.

I'm not sure where you're think the post judges "one third of the world's population", but it quite clearly does not. It starts with the succinct question, "why do so many Islamic fundamentalists reside in Britain?"

(bold mine, for emphasis as to the specific nature of the query)

(also note the phrase "those who really, really believe that the West is evil" and the use of the word "Wahhabism")

Nor does it mention anything about Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson, which might be great fodder for another post, but in this post, they're off topic.

Can't say I ever remember

Can't say I ever remember either Falwell or Robertson preaching *murder* or even hatred to their congregations.