UK: Law against religious discrimination needed, says Muslim minister

Telegraph – Law against religious discrimination needed, says Muslim minister

Sadiq Khan, a Government whip, said that the forthcoming Single Equality Act, which could force public bodies to actively promote equality on grounds of gender, race and disability, must also tackle religion and end “Islamophobia in the workplace”.

Mr Khan, who is one of four Muslim Labour MPs, said a “laissez faire approach to Britishness” had led to Muslims feeling like “second-class citizens” and being denied good jobs. He said this was fuelling alienation and the rise of extremism.

…He said that all immigrants should learn to speak English and that Labour must take on “much of the liberal left”, who say that requiring them to do so “breaches the boundaries of personal autonomy.”

“The requirement to learn English is not colonial,” said Mr Khan. “English is a passport to participation in mainstream society – jobs, education and even being able to use health services.”

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