Brit Muslim MP calls for new single equality law to end religious discrimination

September 16th, 2008 - 3:57 pm ICT by ANI  

London , Sept 16 (ANI): A Muslim MP in the UK has reportedly called for a new religious equality legislation that would prevent Muslims from being treated as second grade citizens. He also called for eradicating the rampant Islamophobia in the workplace.

On the other hand, he wants UK Muslims to bring about a change and give their women more freedom and use their charities to help white poor people. He called for imams to stress the importance of parental participation in schools and that everyone should learn English.

Sadiq Khan, one of the four Labour Muslim MPs, said that the new religious discrimination law would require public bodies to have a legal duty to promote equality between faiths. The Single Equality Bill would aim at stamping out discrimination on grounds of sex, race, gender and disability to include religion, The Independent quoted the MP as saying.

Under his proposal, public bodies would have to be proactive in tackling religious discrimination. This would not apply exclusively to British Muslims, but it would make a significant difference to the experience of members of this community who, because of socio-economic status, are particularly reliant on public services, Khan said.

He said a proactive approach to prevent religious discrimination would balance harder edged measures such as clampdowns on immigration and security and undercut attempts by Muslim extremists to exploit social disadvantage.

Advocating for British history to be made mandatory in schools, he said: Nowadays, how many people let alone schoolchildren know that numerous Asians, including Muslims, fought and died in the First World War defending all we stand for today? Or that 2.5 million men from the Indian army fought in the Second World War for a nation they had never visited?

All of us in the Muslim communities must unequivocally agree that honour killings are murder and forced marriages are kidnapping. These traditions have no place here or anywhere, he added. (ANI)

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