A few highly interesting lines from telegraph.co.uk:
This morning the BBC published details of a major poll of the attitudes of Britain’s Muslims. The headline on the front of the BBC website linking to the research states: “Muslims ‘oppose cartoon reprisals’”. This of course relates to attitudes within the Muslim community towards the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks.
It’s a reassuring headline. It’s also wrong. Many Muslims – a majority – do indeed utterly oppose the murderous killings in Paris. But a very, very large number of Muslims don’t.
Some 27 per cent of British Muslims said they have “some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks” on the Paris magazine, according to polling by ComRes for the BBC.
A further 32 per cent said they were not surprised by the attacks. Some 11 per cent said that magazines which publish images of the Prophet Mohammed “deserve to be attacked.”
It is indeed what caught my eye too. Whilst the poll done by the BBC can be made to look positive, actually an impressive amount of Muslims are perfectly happy to admit supporting violence and terrorism. This does not mean that those who do not admit it, don’t think the same. These numbers are just the perfect example to me that the statement “only a minority of Muslims are extremist terrorists” simply isn’t true. And may I just say, if any other group, religion or community would make statements like this, hell would be lose.
20% of British Muslims think Islam is incompatible with the Western society…so what the heck are you doing here then? We ain’t going to change, this is our place.
By Samantha Herron