The Great Debate UK

Coalition government alarms British Muslims

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-Javaid Rehman is a professor of law at Brunel University. The opinions expressed are his own.-

For British Muslims, the new coalition government of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats represents an alliance of strange and awkward bedfellows.

Muslim communities – historically supportive of the Labour party – are sceptical of the claims of Prime Minster David Cameron, to protect the interests of ethnic and religious minorities.

Admittedly, there was considerable disillusionment of the Labour government under former Prime Minister Tony Blair: British Muslims strongly disapproved of Blair’s decision to side with U.S. President George W. Bush in the so-called ‘war on terror’.

from Afghan Journal:

British army shoots itself in row over Afghan “mosque” models ?

Members of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland  at the Black Watch Memorial at Aberfeldy in Scotland following the end of their deployment in Afghanistan. By Russell Cheyne

Members of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland at the Black Watch Memorial at Aberfeldy in Scotland following the end of their deployment in Afghanistan. By Russell Cheyne

The British Ministry of Defence has apologised after Muslims complained that it was using replicas of mosques at a firing range  in northern England to train soldiers ahead of deployment in Afghanistan.

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