It Isn’t an Easy Time to Be a British Muslim. Cricket Helps.

Source: The New York Times

By Sameer Rahim

Mr. Rahim is a writer and editor at Prospect magazine.

England’s Moeen Ali celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of Australia’s D’Arcy Short, in June in Cardiff, Wales.CreditAndrew Boyers/Reuters
England’s Moeen Ali celebrates with his team mates after taking the wicket of Australia’s D’Arcy Short, in June in Cardiff, Wales.CreditCreditAndrew Boyers/Reuters

The threat of anti-Muslim bigotry in Britain has been growing, and some politicians from the governing Conservative Party have been encouraging it.

In a newspaper column in August, Boris Johnson, the former Conservative foreign secretary — who is chummy with Steve Bannon and fancies himself an upper-class English version of President Trump — compared Muslim women who wear face veils to “bank robbers” and “letter boxes.”

Shaun Bailey, a politician from the Conservative Party, who has been chosen as its candidate for London’s mayoral election, took 13 years to offer a conditional apology for writing in a 2005 pamphlet that the effect of celebrating Muslim and Hindu festivals is to “rob Britain of its community” without which “we slip into a crime-riddled cesspool.”

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