Islam in UK, USA; FLDS chickens; Marty Rathbun

Islam in the UK

UK Survey Muslims

  • Sky News commissioned an opinion poll by Survation into what Muslims and non-Muslims think about a range of issues including radicalisation, security concerns, political uncertainty, a rise in hate crimes and growing prejudice.
  • 71% of Muslims in the UK say that the values of British society are compatible with those of Islam; 52% of non-Muslims disagree
  • 65% of Muslims say they are doing enough to integrate; 18% of non-Muslims agree
  • 28% of Muslims and 13% of non-Muslims have sympathy with young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria
  • 33% of Muslims feel under more suspicion in the last few years; 44% of non-Muslims feel suspicious of Muslims; proportion rises to 33% and 30% respectively among 18-34 year-olds in both groups
  • 39% of Muslims say the actions of the police and MI5 are contributing to the radicalisation of young Muslims; 16% of non-Muslims agree

And then there’s this: More Than Half Of Americans Have Unfavorable View Of Islam, Poll Finds, Huffington Post, April 10, 2015:

Younger Americans are the most likely to have positive views on Islam, be interested in learning about the religion and have Muslim friends.

The findings, detailed in a HuffPost/YouGov poll on Americans’ views of Muslims released Friday as part of HuffPost Religion’s week-long Muslim Life in America series, show a nation of fractured opinions and experiences when it comes to Islam, with stark differences among age groups and political affiliations.

Former FLDS Follower Has Standoff With Cult Members

Having won sole, full custody, former FLDS cult member Sabrina Tetzner tried to retrieve her four children from the FLDS community of Colorado City, Arizona, last Friday.

But a crowd of the cult followers swarmed her van and tried to delay the reunion. The standoff lasted for hours until law enforcement arrived and intervened.

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a fundamentalist sect of the Mormon Church, believes that children belong to the church.

When people leave or are excommunicated, their children are reassigned to other families. Wives are similarly redistributed among members in good standing.

VICE Meets the Former Senior Executive of the Church of Scientology

Mark C. “Marty” Rathbun is a former senior executive of the Church of Scientology, who last held the post of Inspector General of the Religious Technology Center (RTC), the organization that is responsible for the protection and enforcement of all Dianetics and Scientology copyrights and trademarks,” Wikipedia says. “Rathbun left the Church of Scientology in 2004 and became an independent Scientologist, but now considers himself non-religious.”

Rathbun is a key subject of Alex Gibney’s devastating documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which was released March 29 through HBO Documentary Films.

VICE discuss his past in the Church of Scientology, auditing, and the harassment techniques ‘allegedly’ used by the church.

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