(Original post by EccentricDiamond)
I cannot understand why Muslims who live in Britain choose to follow this repugnant religion
while some of Islam's beliefs and rules may seem completely repugnant to us (in particular, physical punishments, treatment of women, homosexuals, apostates, non-Muslims, confusion between religion and State), what counts most is practice, more than abstract ideas. Muslims have been in actual fact integrating into British society more or less normally.
The present tensions (post 7/7, ISIS etc) are probably just an episode in the ongoing process. As I see it, for Muslims Islam is, most and foremost, an identity. It gives them a sense of personal value, and a feeling of belonging that general society does not give them
There may even be a sense of consolatory re-balancing to it. Muslims may feel discriminated, but they will tell themselves : I know the truth, and those people, who act so superior, don't. They are just stupid "kuffar".
So, it is a complex issue, and extremely interesting, from a social point of view. What is sure, in my view, is that a British Islam is already there : and of course we need it. With time, it will evolve, very much like all religions have : religions don't exist in a void. They reflect the lives of the people who belong to them.