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Faith Matters Report On Conversion To Islam In UK Becomes A Media Scare Story

by | 6th, January 2011

THOSE 100,000 new Muslim converts in the UK are  causing excitement at the Daily Mail and some questionable maths . The Mail and managed to link all Muslims to terror. Before we go all Muslim, Richard Bartholomew has an update :

A NEW report published by the think-tank Faith Matters, entitled A Minority within a Minority: A Report on Converts to Islam in the United Kingdom , has garnered some media attention for its claim that there may be 100,000 converts to Islam in the UK. Although this is higher than expected, the author, M.A. Kevin Brice, explains that this is an estimate only, and as such should not be given a high level of confidence ”.

Further, “it is not claimed that this figure represents the number of current practising converts to Islam in the United Kingdom Brice notes that some will have lapsed or since converted to other religions. Brice also makes clear that, at most, converts make up 4% of the Muslim population and 0.2 per cent of the British population:

There is no evidence of a mass conversion of the population and this is hardly the beginning of the “Islamification” of the United Kingdom as is suggested by some groups (both pro- and anti-Islam).

which is why the  Independent decided to unleash its inner tabloid with  this headline about the report:

The Islamification of Britain: record numbers embrace Muslim faith

Brice also has a section on how female converts have modified their dress:

Of females who change the way they dressed, 25% wore more ‘modest’ clothing (covering arms and legs), 55% immediately wore more ‘modest’ clothing and later adopted the hijab (covering the head and neck), 15% immediately wore more ‘modest’ clothing and adopted hijab and 5% adopted the burqa (although later stopped wearing it and wore ‘modest’ clothing).

The  Mail chose to illustrate the fact that 95% of women converts never took the burqa and that

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