Firstly, I make no apologies for stating such a thread. Contentious as it is, I seek to provide a central focus to capture all of the issues surrounding the Islamic threat in the UK. I have bolded the word 'in' to best describe the point of the thread. There are many other threads on this website that debate the threat of Islamic fundamentalism to the UK from factions overseas. Indeed, the majority of arrse members will have experienced / witnessed this threat first hand during various recent operational tours. The purpose of this thread is to discuss the Islamic threat that the UK faces from within its own borders. Being no different to the majority of UK citizens, I am instantly shocked when I hear of the latest terrorist atrocity to hit our cities. This is particularly compounded when cited alongside the daily Sun or Mirror style stories surrounding the UK's Islamic community. Although I consider myself to be reasonably well educated and therefore have a zero respect or trust for the national media, I still find my shock continually degenerating to anger, frustration and finally, bitter resentment. I am a British citizen raised on British values by a British family who have lived in this country for generations. Many of them, including myself have personally risked life to protect the British way of life against those that have sought to change or destroy it. I do not want to have to worry every time I walk through UK airport security and see a person of Asian descent getting on the same flight as me. I do not want to be labelled a bigot or racist if I complain when the UK airport security staff does not ask the guy's wife to remove her face veil in order to verify her identity. Finally, I want to be able to send my children to school safe in the knowledge that they will be taught about according to the British way of life, where they can be proud of their heritage and not be shunned because of these beliefs. There are two fundamental questions which I hope my fellow arrsers can help me answer. Firstly, how do we define the Islamic threat in the UK and secondly, how can we counter it? Without wishing to suppress the notion of free speech, I only wish to caveat potential posters with one prerequisite. In order to prevent the proliferation of racist drivel which will ultimately undermine the thread, please consider your comments before posting rather than going with 'gut instinct' if you see something you don't like. Ladies and Gentlemen, 'the Islamic threat in the UK'.......discuss.