As Britain continues to wrestle with the challenge of radical Islam and its product, terrorism, on March 2, 2014, London Mayor Boris Johnson contributed a column to one of Britain's leading journals, The Sunday Telegraph, "The children taught at home about murder and bombings."
Johnson's commentary correctly placed radical Islamist ideology in the same category with pedophilia and female genital mutilation (FGM) as moral abominations with which the British political class has failed adequately to contend, and continued, "I worry that their work is being hampered by what I am obliged to call political correctness. ... There is built in to the British system a reluctance to be judgmental about someone else's culture, even if that reluctance places children at risk" – a decision, Johnson said, that led to abusers being "emboldened." Johnson continued:
We have thousands of victims [of FGM] in Britain, thousands of girls being cut every year, and yet we have managed not a single prosecution -- let alone a conviction. Again, there is that fatal squeamishness about intervening in the behavior of a 'protected group'. ... We need to be stronger and clearer in asserting our understanding of British values. That is nowhere more apparent [than] in the daily job of those who protect us all from terror -- and who are engaged in tackling the spread of extremist and radical Islam.