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Photodcbirm12007_2 David Cameron went to Balsall Heath, a surburb of Birmingham, to spend a night with Abdullah and Shahida and their three children. On his first day David Cameron went to the local mosque where he had a conversation he describes as "really fascinating (and in some respects extremely worrying)." He reiterates the point that the easy shorthand "Islamic terrorist" makes Muslim’s feel "they mean us" but he also worries about the denail he found:

"In some parts of the community, yes. In the mosque and elsewhere I got the familiar depressing questions about who was really responsible for 9/11 and even 7/7. Dig a bit deeper and it all comes out. “CIA plot…Jews told to leave the twin towers” – even when it comes to 7/7 “how do we know the suicide bomber videos are real and not fakes?” Even if this is a view held by 5 or 10 per cent of British muslims – and I suspect it is at least that – this is a real problem which we have all got to get to grips with".

Photodcbirm122007_2 Abdullah and Shahdida’s children go to the local Jewish primary school. When David Cameron questioned Abdullah he responded that he welcomed the school’s faith and strong ethos. David Cameron writes:

"To those who think that faith schools are part of the problem and prevent us from building a more cohesive society this tale has a powerful message – far from being part of the problem, schools like King David’s are actually part of the solution.  They can promote integration and cohesion, instil discipline, teach the basics, inspire young minds and raise their aspirations – all at the same time."

You can read David’s blog posts fom his time in Birmingham here and here.

Below is a video of David Cameron’s visit to the mosque.

Andrew Burkinshaw

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