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Islam Incompatible with Europe, Say Dutch

Angus Reid Global Scan, USA
June 7, 2006
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ReligionNewsBlog.com • Wednesday June 7, 2006

(Angus Reid Global Scan) Many adults in the Netherlands hold strong views on the way Muslims adapt to the European continent, according to a poll by Motivaction released by GPD. 63 per cent of respondents believe think Islam is incompatible with modern European life.

In September 2004, Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders quit the liberal Peoples Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). Wilders criticized Muslims in the Netherlands for failing to properly integrate to society, and openly opposed Turkeys accession to the European Union (EU).

In November 2004, controversial filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was murdered. Van Gogh directed a short motion picture that depicts a husbands abuse on a Muslim woman. Death threats to Wilders and other former VVD members were left at the crime scene.

On May 15, Dutch officials revealed that Somali-born VVD lawmaker Hirsi Ali provided false information when she applied for refugee status, and then when she sought citizenship. The next day, the lawmaker announced that she would leave the Second Chamber immediately. Hirsi Ali confirmed that she intends to move to the United States and work at the American Enterprise Institute.

In the January 2003 election, the Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA) elected 44 lawmakers to the 150-seat Second Chamber. CDA member Jan Peter Balkenende has acted as minister president since July 2002. In early 2003, Balkenende established his second coalition government with the VVD and Democrats 66 (D66).

The next legislative ballot is tentatively scheduled for January 2007.

Polling Data

Do you think Islam is compatible with modern European life?

Yes: 37%
No: 63%

Source: Motivaction / GPD
Methodology: Interviews with 1,200 Dutch adults, conducted in May 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

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