Muslims have duty ‘as a community’ to beat extremism

The Muslim community in Britain should abandon its retreat into a victim culture, a leading Conservative Muslim peer said yesterday. Baroness Warsi, the Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, attacked hardliners and hotheads who claimed that it was un-Islamic to vote or for women to have access to schools and jobs. She said that Muslims had a particular responsibility to defeat extremism in Britain as the extremists claimed to be acting in the name of Islam. British Muslims should not allow misunderstandings about their religious duties and obligations to cut them off from wider society. Philip Webster reports.