Soyinka made his claims in an interview less than a month after a young Nigerian man – educated in the UK – attempted to blow up a plane in Detroit last Christmas.
He blames Britian’s colonial past for this and argues that the country takes an overly tolerant stance to religions preaching openly.
His words exactly:
“England is a cesspit. England is the breeding ground of fundamentalist Muslims. Its social logic is to allow all religions to preach openly. But this is illogic, because none of the other religions preach apocalyptic violence.”
There are many in Britain who would agree with those comments while others would see this country’s religous tolerance as one of it’s proudest achievements.
Here’s what one poster wrote on the Daily Beast site :
“how much more clear does someone have to put it? “none of the other religions preach apocalyptic violence.” Therein lies the difference between modern-day Islam and the world’s other faiths. “
Mr Soyinka goes on to say…
“Colonialism bred an innate arrogance, but when you undertake that sort of imperial adventure, that arrogance gives way to a feeling of accommodativeness. You take pride in your openness.”
On WHYS- as on many other programmes , we’ve asked questions you’ve wanted to ask about various countries being a “problem” when it comes to terrorism : Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and most recently Yemen spring to mind, but should the UK be looking a little closer to home ?
And does Britain’s colonial past play any part in what happened in Detroit last month?