London , UK, October 21 – A government study has found that white youths are more likely to believe they are superior to those from other races and that their attitudes are more of a barrier to integration than those of Muslims, reports the Guardian newspaper.
The study was undertaken by the University of Lancaster and its results were sent to the Government in September. The study is yet further evidence that the Government has been falsely alleging that the Muslim community is the main problem and stands in complete contrast with the comments by a succession of Cabinet ministers that Muslims must do more to fit in and integrate. The study, commissioned by the Home Office, found that nearly a third of pupils at a predominantly white school believed one race was superior to another, compared with a tenth from a majority Asian Muslim school and fewer than a fifth at a mixed school. The study concludes: "It might be reasonable…to suggest that it is the Asian-Muslim students in both the mixed and monocultural schools of Burnley and Blackburn who are in fact the most tolerant of all." The author of the study, Dr Andrew Holden, said, "We have discovered a lot of findings that challenge those assumptions that Muslims are a problem. It does fly in the face of what ministers have been saying."
Commenting on the study's findings, Dr Imran Waheed, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "This is further evidence that the recent barrage of attacks on the Muslim community was a diversion from the huge internal leadership crisis facing the Labour Party and the disastrous occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. In recent weeks we have seen Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Phil Woolas, Harriet Harman, John Reid and Ruth Kelly attack the Muslim community. This was despite their own report telling them that the Muslim community were not the problem."
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain