02 December 2016

UK Muslims show worrying belief in conspiracy theories, claims thinktank

Britain’s Muslim communities have “separatist” tendencies and a “deeply worrying” belief in conspiracy theories, according to one of the government’s favourite centre-right thinktanks.

The controversial Policy Exchange report however does acknowledge that 93% of British Muslims have a strong attachment to Britain and their attitudes to many issues such as the NHS, unemployment and immigration are broadly in line with the rest of the population.

The report published on Friday comes out before the findings of a government-commissioned review, chaired by Dame Louise Casey, into integration and community cohesion in Britain are due to be published early next week.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) strongly criticised the thinktank’s report, saying it seemed to pursue an agenda to cast British Muslims as separate, dangerous and in need of saving, while the thinktank had “provided ample fodder to countless headlines demonising Muslims”. [The Guardian] Read more