Church leader calls for building of mosques to be banned because of risk 'Britain will become an 'Islamic state'
By STEVE DOUGHTY - 2nd April 2008
Warning: Many mosques are funded by money from abroad
A senior Church of England member called yesterday for the building of mosques to be banned.
Alison Ruoff said more construction would lead to Islamic no go areas dominated by exclusively Muslim populations living under sharia law.
Mrs Ruoff, a member of the General Synod, the Church's parliament, added: "If we don't watch out we will become an Islamic state. It's that serious."
Leading clerics have been divided over how the Church should respond to Islam. The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams caused controversy by calling for sharia law to be given full legal status.
He later told the Synod he took the blame for "distress and misunderstanding" that swept through the Church in the wake of the speech.
But Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Pakistani-born Bishop of Rochester, has warned against the spread of Islamic no-go areas and said amplified calls to prayer at mosques impose an Islamic character on nearby areas.
Mrs Ruoff, a former nurse and magistrate, is a conservative evangelical regarded as one of the more outspoken Synod members. She responded to Dr William's sharia lecture by calling for the Archbishop's resignation.
Speaking on Premier Christian Radio, she said: "We are constantly building new mosques, which are paid for by the oil states.
"There are enough mosques for Muslims in this country.
"You build a mosque and then what happens? You have Muslim people moving into that area, all the shops become Islamic, all the housing will become Islamic and that will be a no-go area for anyone else.
"They will bring in Islamic law. We cannot allow that to happen.
"We are still a Christian country, we need to hold on to that."
Inayat Bunglawala, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "These are very narrow-minded and bigoted remarks.
"As a Christian, she surely ought to be working to build good ties between different communities."