WHITE Brits could learn a lot about creating a better community from Muslims, a Tory MP has said.
Brexit rebel Anna Soubry said Muslims could “teach white British people many a good thing”.
And she said that Islamophobia and other forms of hate crime had risen because so many people in Britain had lost their faith.
The staunch Remainer told an audience at an Eid-ul-Adha reception held by Human Appeal in Parliament yesterday that for her “very white” constituency of Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, to have a Muslim, Conservative mayor – councillor Halimah Khaled MBE – is “not a problem”.
“She is British through and through and she happens to be a Muslim, and she is proud of her faith, and rightly so,” she told the reception.
“She and members of her community could teach many white British people many a good thing,” the new chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims added.
“And if my community, such as as it is, learned more from your community, this country would be a better country.”
She said that young people today need to be better taught the values of faith, even if they were not religious themselves.
A fresh report out this week found just one in five Muslims are in work because they are held back by racism.
The Social Mobility Commission said that discrimination was harming Muslim’s job prospects.
Ms Soubry added said that the “vast majority of people in Britain have lost their faith” and much hate crime comes from people who “don’t understand what it is” to have one.
A study in May showed that half of us have no religion – as faith continued to decline in Britain.
And many Brits who were raised as Christians now identify as non-believers, the research said.