We should be all scared and prepared.
I live in a fairly affluent town in the UK with about 75,000 people. About a decade ago there were hardly any muslim women wearing hijabs, bringing us to about 8yrs ago when an islamic preacher visited town and very quickly about half were wearing hijabs. About 2yrs ago this shifted to most muslim women wearing hijabs, and about a year ago shifted once again to the tiny minority not
wearing a hijab.
There were never any burqas worn up until a few weeks ago when a flurry of women began wearing full, black coverings. It's become quite the spectacle for some of our residents who are looking on in disbelief! Most doctors, pharmacists, shop-assistants and taxi drivers are clearly muslims and people are increasingly feeling overrun. Once the local council opted to cease displaying the St George's Cross on national holidays (purely to avoid offending the local muslim population) people felt largely disgusted!
Many of our national, fast-food outlets (kfs/subway etc) are now shifting to halal meat when only a small percentage of customers are muslims; our culture, choices and heritage are changing.
In our town alone
over the past 4yrs, sIx taxi drivers have been convicted of raping or sexually assaulting their white, female passengers. This is not normal or a random occurrence, but is a national / continental issue and has not been seen in our history of immigration.
In this country there is an ever-growing anti-muslim sentiment not because the far right are particularly good at what they shout over a megaphone while pissed-up on watered-down lager and football-induced adrenaline, but because people are beginning to stand up to an overly-aggressive PC brigade and are finding the courage to speak up about what they really feel is happening to the indigenous culture here.
There's an ever-increasing grass-roots uprising of people feeling hopeless for the future of British culture, and it's unprecedented, and it's often anger-fueled, but mostly it is a fear that isn't irrational or 'islamophobic'.
I've lived here most of my life and was married to an islamic apostate for 13yrs, but if I had the money I'd emigrate without hesitation. This doesn't feel like the UK to me anymore.
I don't advocate a hysteric fear of the average muslim as an individual, but I certainly have fears for the future of the culture I was born into. I've seen many cultures integrate here, but with the islamic culture there seems to be little integration and a clear, overt desire to infiltrate and takeover the country with a view to implementing sharia law (or should I say more
sharia law than already exists).
If one lives here, that is, lives outside of privileged suburban utopias, it isn't a debate that's early in its' proceedings, it's a cultural shift occurring at an alarming rate for most of the population, and there is a more-frequently spoken fear of 'islamic' violence, aggression, sexual assault, discrimination, sexism, mysoginy, homophobia, child-abuse, grooming, intolerance, zealotry, no-go zones, entire towns being ghettoised and non-muslims being targeted for the aforementioned by islamic gangs.
These are the mainsream concerns of the majority, not of a fringe-group of radical right-wingers or 'racists' (not anymore, at least) and it's a sentiment shared far more vehemently across most of the European nations (especially Germany, Sweden & the Netherlands).
Generally-speaking, people are scared of islamisation in an unprecedented manner, more for their children's futures than their own!
Personally, I've already given up on the UK as I see no way this can be reversed, so I'll soon be renouncing my citizenship / passport and adopting my birthright to Irish nationality.
Edited: Shameful typos!