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28 January 2015

Readers' Comments - Contents

Surveys and analysis of readers' comments on articles and news stories (mainly in the quality media) about Islam and Muslims.

Readers' Comments - What People Think of Islam
A survey of reader's comments on articles dealing with Islam and Muslims published over nine months.

What Guardian Readers Think of the Muslim Veil
The Guardian published [a] stream of articles all with more or less the same message. "The veil isn't a problem. We can change our rules to suit Muslims if they think their religion requires it." Guardian readers didn't agree!

Baroness Warsi: Is anybody paying attention? Not to her views but what the British public think of them
Baroness Warsi thinks the Media is fuelling Anti-Muslim hatred. She has given a speech. The British public don’t agree. They think the Media is doing its job, reporting the world as it is. They blame Muslims themselves.

Why Has the Number of Muslims in the UK Risen So Much? - What Huffington Post Readers Think
In a recent Huffington Post article Dr Leon Moosavi, expert on Muslims in Britain, Islamophobia and conversion to Islam, asks the question “Why Has the Number of Muslims in the UK Risen So Much?”

Bad language, racism and dodgy votes at the Guardian
Guardian Cif had a field day the other week running several articles highlighting the BTL abuse thrown at Muslim writers and journalists. The first was by Mehdi Hasan who asked “who will stand with me” against this unwarranted hatred.

This brutality is not Islam

Workers' jihad at Islamic website

Islamism: why the west gets it wrong

Watch out: democratic Muslims about

11 January 2015

Too controversial for the Telegraph?

Here’s my comment again (previously deleted). .... all I’m doing is citing legitimate statistics, from legitimate sources (including this newspaper), as well as citing actual events which have, you know, actually happened. Check the sources, they are all legitimate.

60% of Muslims would reject homosexuals as friends.

66% of Muslims believe that religious law is more important than the law of the land in which they live.

45% of Muslims think Jews can’t be trusted.

75% of Muslims believe there’s only one legitimate interpretation of the Koran.

45% of Muslims believe Western Civilisation is out to destroy Islam.

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The survey was conducted across six European countries and solicited responses from 9,000 Muslims.

35% of young Muslims in Britain believe suicide bombings are justified.

42% of young Muslims in France believe suicide bombings are justified.

22% of young Muslims in Germany believe suicide bombings are justified.

29% of young Muslims in Spain believe suicide bombings are justified.

Muslim Americans - Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream

40% of Muslims want Sharia Law introduced in the UK.

20% of British Muslims (520,000 people) sympathise with 7/7 bombers.

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An alternative survey suggests as many as 25% of British Muslims sympathise with the 7/7 bombers.

28% of British Muslims hope the UK will become a religious fundamentalist Islamic state.

78% of British Muslims support punishment for those who publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

62% of British Muslims believe free speech shouldn’t be protected when it offends religious groups.

68% of British Muslims support the arrest and prosecution of British people who insult Islam.

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[The Citizen Act]

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10 January 2015

Half of Austrians believe Islam a 'threat'

.... How do Austrians perceive Islam? What are their concerns, and how will this perception shape future policies? The survey polled more than 400 respondents in Austria to find out their views.

Generally, according to the survey, Austrians have a limited understanding of the world's second largest religion, consisting of 23 percent of the world's population.

The survey found that 51 percent of Austrians consider Islam a threat to Austrian society, while only 34 percent believe that it represents no threat. Additionally, 50 percent think that Islam is attempting to change Austrian society, with 25 percent thinking that's not the case.

40 percent of Austrians see Islam as a backward religion, as opposed to 27 percent who disagree. [The Local] Read more

08 January 2015

57 percent of Germans feel Islam is a threat: poll

The survey was carried out in November - before the massacre of journalists in Paris by Islamist gunmen - but as the numbers attending anti-Muslim rallies in Dresden and other cities began to escalate.

The Bertelsman Foundation think tank survey looked at the perception of Islam in Germany from the eyes of Muslims and non-Muslims. Of the non-Muslims surveyed, 57 percent thought that Islam was threatening or very threatening to German society.

TNS Emnid, which conducted the survey for the Bertelsman Foundation think tank, said it's a rise of four percent since 2012 when the study was last conducted. The research institute surveyed 937 non-Muslim Germans for the survey in November 2014. [The Local] Read more

01 January 2015

Survey finds one in three Germans supports PEGIDA 'anti-Islamization' marches

An opinion poll has found that one in eight Germans would join a march against "Islamization" if one were held in their hometown. A series of rallies in the city of Dresden have drawn growing numbers, with more planned.

The poll of 1,006 people by German newsmagazine Stern found that 13 percent would attend an "anti-Islamization" march if it were held near their home.

The survey, while small, does show a level of support for the weekly rallies being held in the eastern city of Dresden, one of which attracted more than 17,000 people in the days before Christmas.

It also found that 29 percent of people thought the marches by the group PEGIDA, which translates to "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West," were justified because of the degree of influence that Islam was having on life in Germany. [Deutsche Welle] Read more