Anorak | Muslims care more about their children than Christians do, says Lancashire expert

Muslims care more about their children than Christians do, says Lancashire expert

by | 22nd, February 2012

THE Lancashire Telegraph says Asian children are less likely to end up in care because of the strong support network in the community “.

Well, according to a religious leader” they are.

Jon Livesy has facts:

Latest figures show that of the 385 children in care in Blackburn with Darwen in December, the vast majority – 316 – were white British.

The current population of Blackburn with Darwen is about 140,000. The proportion of Muslim population (19.4% or 26,674 people).

The number of Asian children was just 29, which is less than half their proportion in the local population.

The figures prove the headline claim.

But why is it? Is it a sing that Asian families don’t trust the State? That white families lack, well, family to rely on? That Asian woman are not allowed to fail to call for help? Statistics alone don’t tell us all that much.

Salim Mulla, chairman of Lancashire Council of Mosques and a borough councillor in Blackburn with Darwen, said he was not surprised by the statistics.


“In our community the majority of people tend to have a large extended family.”

By ‘our community’ he is, presumably, wearing his Lancashire Council of Mosques hat and not that of the borough residents that voted for him?

“So within the community, extended family members often take on the additional responsibility of looking after their relatives’ children without even thinking about it.”

Got to like that part “without even thinking about it “. Do we know why families take in other people’s children? Do we know what happens to the parents who give them up?

“That is the mentality of the Muslim community, to support one another in their hour of need, and that message is always given in sermons in mosques.”

Community is pretty much the sermon in every House of God, in every religion. What we need to know is that an “hour of need” is? If you go to the State, there are records and reports. If you go to extended family there is not.

Last week 13-year-old Mohammed Alam Naseem was found dead in his bed at specialist children’s home Woodside House, in Tockholes Road, Darwen. The Haslingden High School pupil’s death came after an adoption placement with a muslim family broke down.

Are the two things linked? Do

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