In an article in The Sunday Telegraph, Dr Nazir-Ali said that multiculturalism had turned some communities into “no go” areas. “Those of a different faith or race may find it difficult to live or work there because of hostility to them,” he wrote.

The Right Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali would do well to distinguish between cultural ‘no-go zones’ and religious.   Having travelled up and down the so-called ‘muslim’ areas in the country, I can attest to the fact that they are not ‘no-go’ zones for those of other faiths.  If anything, they may be ‘no-go’ zones on racial or ethnic grounds, but they are in no way created by Muslims, or by adherents of any other religious group.

Click here to read a profound  rebuttal to the Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali…

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he said there had been a worldwide resurgence of the ideology of Islamic extremism.” One of the results of this has been to further alienate the young from the nation in which they were growing up and also to turn already separate communities into ‘no-go’ areas where adherence to this ideology has become a mark of acceptability.”

He also said it was becoming increasingly difficult for Christianity to be the nation’s public religion in a multifaith multicultural society.

He said:

“If it had not been for the black majority churches and the recent arrival of people from central and eastern Europe, the Christian cause in many of our cities would have looked a lost one.

“At last it seems the Government may be waking up to the situation; to the importance of English as a means of communication, to greater integration in housing, schools and leisure pursuits and in citizenship education.”

A friend of mine has written a profound rebuttal to the Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, published in The Times:

“Sir, I was waiting to hear where these no-go zones that the Bishop of Rochester talks about actually are (report, Jan 7). I am unaware of such areas, whereas there are definitely no-go areas across Britain for myself as a bearded Asian in his twenties.

As the Church’s only Asian bishop the Right Rev Michael Nazir-Ali should be calling for a better understanding between cultures and religions, rather than providing material to the fascist Right.

Blaming Muslims for the decreasing influence of Christianity is also a strange position to take. The issues with Christianity in the UK run very deep, with surveys by Christian Research showing that even the clergy are departing from key Christian beliefs.

As a Londoner I see the success of multiculturalism every day. The bishop should contribute to the many successful interfaith forums and discussions held throughout the UK that try to remove the very prejudices his comments have implicitly supported.

Arif Khan
New Malden, Surrey”