Fear of Muslims has stirred up division between neighbours in Britain in a way not seen in living memory, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said tensions had "seeped into our society" threatening to fracture multiculturalism by widening "cracks" between different communities into seemingly insurmountable barriers.

Britain, he said, is now "living in a time of time of tension and fear" in which extremists try to marginalise the mainstream while secularists wish to turn religion itself into an activity like sex, which should be "between consenting adults in private".

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