Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects they have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word explanation: Islam.
The resurgence of these birth defects is due to the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community, particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the practice virtually vanished. (First cousin marriages, which are not specifically banned in Scripture, are illegal in about half the states in the U.S., which is the only country in which such marriages are prohibited anywhere.)
An article in the London Telegraph (which doesn’t use the word “Islam” anywhere in the article, and waits til the 12th paragraph to mention the word “Pakistani”) opens this way (emphasis mine):
Bradford coroner Mark Hinchliffe spoke out after being told how two-year-old Hamza Rehman died as a result of a brain disorder.
An inquest heard how the child suffered from daily fits and vomiting as a result of a condition probably arising from his parents being too closely related.
The boy’s father, Abdul, broke down and wept as the court heard that if he had lived he would have suffered severe learning difficulties.
Through a translator, Mr Rehman, from Bradford, West Yorks, explained that he and his wife, Rozina, were first cousins.
“We were very anxious whether to have more children,” he told the court. “We have recently had another baby with the same problems again.”
After expressing his “profound sympathy to the family” Mr Hinchliffe said the cause of death “arose as a direct consequence of the neurological developmental disorder.”
He said the family had lost another child through a similar disorder and a third child born had now “presented with difficulties.”
Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, Mr Hinchliffe added: “On the face of it this case highlights a cultural and religious issue relating to first cousin marriages and the potential risk of medical difficulty that some medical experts say can result from such unions.
Pakistani parents in Britain are responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for 30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.
Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford’s population, Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St. Luke’s Hospital in Bradford.)
According to The Guardian, intermarriage between first cousins doubles the risk that children will be born with birth defects. The difficulty of purging this harmful practice will be especially difficult because it is an established religious as well as cultural practice in the Muslim community.
In Norway, the incidence of first-cousin Pakistani unions is slowly declining, but this is due only to a concerted campaign to inform Muslims of the risk.
There are no quick fixes, which means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to come. With Britain’s socialized medicine, the excessive costs of providing lifetime care for patients with birth defects will fall entirely on British taxpayers. And this doesn’t account for the enormous social costs associated with providing education and employment opportunities for this demographic group.
In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe and 0.2% in the U.S. With unrestrained Muslim immigration the trend du jour, Europe is about to be hit with a medical tsunami which would be entirely avoidable with sensible immigration policies. Alas, the Western world is likely to awaken only after it is too late.
Winston Churchill presciently said 120 years ago, “[T]he influence of the religion (i.e., Islam) paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.” (Emphasis mine.)
Islam is pulling British society in a backwards direction. Apart from a spirited revival of the Christian faith and some severe, Donald-Trump style restrictions on Muslim immigration, the United States will be next.
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