Everyone's two favourite voices of reason - the Sun newspaper and Nigel Farage - have simultaneously offered up their thoughts on the world's problem of religious extremism in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Both have claimed that British Muslims have not done enough to denounce the horrific acts of violence perpetrated by extremists under the banner of Islam.

Farage said in a speech that Muslims have a "tremendous conflict and a split of loyalties" when it comes to choosing between the British way of life and that promoted by the more conservative strains of their religion.

While appearing to gloss over the fact that France is an assimilationist society, as opposed to Britain's preference for multiculturalism, the Ukip leader added:

I think we’ve reached a point where we have to admit to ourselves, in Britain and France and much of the rest of Europe, that mass immigration and multicultural division has for now been a failure.

Separately, an editorial in the Sun (with helpful illustrations - see below) on Tuesday called on British Muslims to "march through London" holding banners saying "not in our name".

Despite somanyordinaryMuslimscondemning the attacks in Paris, the Sun continued:

Muslims have been quick to protest if their faith has come under attack.

Yet they have done too little in public to express solidarity with the victims in Paris and the civilised, tolerant democracies in which they live and which [Isis] want to destroy...

Accepting that [Isis] ARE inspired by Islam, and are a greater problem than perceptions of Islamophobia, is a start.

Further, they must turn all those who promote or support the genocidal cult into the pariahs they deserve to be.

It has been widely claimed that one of Isis' main strategies is to create division and suspicion between Muslim communities in the West and societies at large in order to alienate young Muslims and thus provide themselves with more recruits. In fact, the terror group has explicitly explained that in its monthly propaganda magazine Dabiq.

So, good job guys.

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