Killing in the name of Islam is acceptable… the view of one third of British Muslim students
Just the other day, Britain was told “by a United Nations committee to take firm action to combat ‘negative public attitudes’ towards Muslims. The nine-member human rights committee also criticised some of the UK’s antiterror measures.”
But while it is a worthwhile to combat discrimination of any kind, one also has to be realistic. In this case that means recognizing and actively combatting the very real threat formed by radical Muslims bent on spreading their hateful, violent version of Islam among those who want no part of it.
News from around the around the world shows that the so-called ‘purest’ forms of Islam — various extremist groups do not quite agree on which form that is — is incompatible with democracy, human rights — and indeed, modern life.
When angry Muslims engage in hateful and often violent protests throughout the world against cartoons, teddy bears, and whatever else they feel is an insult to Islam, no one — no person, no committee, and no government — will be able to change ‘negative public attitudes’ toward Muslims.
The following news article illustrates the very real dangers the Western world faces from the rise in Islamic fundamentalism:
Almost one third of British Muslim students think it is acceptable to kill in the name of Islam, results of a poll show.
The findings shed light on the extent of campus radicalism and will raise concerns about extremism across British Universities.
The YouGov poll for the Centre for Social Cohesion also found that two in five Muslims at university support the idea of Islamic sharia codes being enshrined in British law, the Sunday Times has reported.
She said: ‘Significant numbers appear to hold beliefs which contravene democratic values.
‘These results are deeply embarrassing for those who have said there is no extremism in British universities.’
Fosis, the country’s largest Muslim student body criticised the report.
But Anthony Glees, professor of security and intelligence studies at Buckingham University, said: ‘The finding that a large number of students think it is okay to kill in the name of religion is alarming.
‘There is a wide cultural divide between Muslim and non-Muslim students.
‘The solution is to stop talking about celebrating diversity and focus on integration and assimilation.’
The research saw 1,400 Muslim and non-Muslim students questioned and more than 20 universities were visited .
It was discovered that extremist preachers regularly gave speeches that were inflammatory, homophobic or bordering on antisemitic.
The research found that 55 per cent of Muslim students thought Islam was incompatible with democracy and nearly one in 10 had ‘little respect’ for Muslims.
The report also found that 40 per cent of recipients said it was unacceptable for Muslim men and women to associate freely; 25 per cent said they had little or no respect for gays.This figure was higher (32%) for male Muslim students. Among nonMuslims, the figure was only 4%.
A third of Muslim students interviewed supported the creation of a world-wide caliphate or Islamic state.
A number of terrorists have been radicalised at British universities. Kafeel Ahmed, who drove a flaming jeep into a building at Glasgow airport last year and died of his burns, is believed to have been radicalised while studying at Anglia Ruskin university, Cambridge.
Wes Streeting, president of the National Union of Students, branded the study as ‘disgusting’ saying the results only served as a ‘reflection of the biases and prejudices of a right-wing think tank – not the views of Muslim students across Britain.’
He added: ‘Only 632 Muslim students were asked vague and misleading questions, and their answers were wilfully misinterpreted.’
Some of the findings support previous research. A report by Policy Exchange last year found that 37 per cent of all Muslims aged 16-24 would prefer to live under a sharia system.
UK poll reveals worrying statistics on religious violence
The Centre for Social Cohesion, which commissioned the study, said it had revealed “broad and varied” opinions among Muslim students.
But co-author Hannah Stuart said the findings on extremist views – twice as high among Isoc members – were “deeply alarming”.
“Students in higher education are the future leaders of their communities yet significant numbers of them appear to hold beliefs which contravene liberal, democratic values,” she said.
The poll found that most Muslim students (54%) would like to see the formation of an Islamic party to represent their views at Westminster.
Some 40% backed the incorporation of Sharia law into British law but Muslim students were fairly evenly split over whether controversial aspects such as punishment or stoning should be included – 32% deeming them sacred and inviolable and 34% agreeing Sharia could be modernised.
The results of this poll do not come as a suprise. After all, we have had similar warnings — about Muslims supporting the use of terrorism — before:
Almost a quarter of British Muslims say the July 7 attacks can be justified because of the Government’s support for the ‘war on terror’.
The shocking 23 per cent figure is the equivalent of 370,000 of the 1.6m Muslims living in the UK.
And it is almost double previous opinion polls suggesting 13 per cent believe the atrocity, which claimed 52 innocent lives, could be justified.
It will re-ignite the debate over whether the Government and Muslim leaders are doing enough to tackle extremism.
Report: Islam on Campus: A survey of UK student opinions
Islam on Campus is the most comprehensive survey ever undertaken of Muslim student opinion in the UK, based on a specially commissioned YouGov poll of 1400 students, fieldwork and interviews. The report examines students’ attitudes on key issues including killing in the name of religion, establishing a worldwide Caliphate, introducing Sharia law to the UK, setting up an Islamic political party in the UK, gender equality, the treatment of apostates and homosexuals and the compatibility of Islam with secularism and democracy.
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