… here is one saying:
Despite my disagreements with the political views of the government, I am enamoured of the fact that I can protest about their loathsome views. I won’t get arrested for lobbying, demonstrating, writing about my views or speaking out. Whether we Brits always live up to our values of fair play and justice is one thing, but I’m proud that as a nation we at least aspire to them.
The very best of British however, is being able to challenge stereotypes and having the opportunity to make Britain a better place. When Britain closes its eyes and its heart as it seems to be doing in understanding the issues of Muslims and of women, it is a disappointing and dark place to be. But being British means I have hope that we can make this a great nation. Being in a country where I can have the good fight, and be proud that I am doing my duty as a citizen is why I love being here.
That’s from Shelina’s article on her blog. She’s a columnist for Muslim News, where this will be published. If anyone is still confused as to how people can combine multiple identities – religion and nationality – in a way they feel comfortable, then it’s worth reading the whole thing. All very obvious stuff for most of our readers, I know, but it needs to be said sometimes. She even puts the Scottish to shame!
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