recent polls on europe & islam
Is the following Islamophobia?
The Express states that,
Sixty percent of Germans in one survey say that there is no place for Islam in German politics. "In January, 37 per cent of people said Islam did have a place in Germany, but this has dropped to just 22 per cent, according to figures released by tabloid Bild. Attitudes toward the religion appear to reflect fear of so-called Islamisation - with 46 per cent of Germans saying they were concerned their country would be taken over by proponents of political Islam."
[Graeme: There is an interesting little video clip in that article on the AfD - Immigration wary - party, which is surging in popularity among Germans].
Next, Breitbart reports on a French poll:
"An Ifop poll for Le Figaro measuring perceptions of Islam has found that people have a growing sense of unease about its role in France.
What’s notable about the results is that where once such sentiments were perceived as the preserve of the “extreme right”, they are now felt across the political spectrum. Back in 2010, 39 per cent of Socialist Party voters felt Islam was too prominent within French society — a majority of 52 per cent feel this to be the case six years on.
Le Figaro says the poll confirms a “total rejection” of the religion in France.... The poll also found that 47 per cent of people consider the presence of Muslim communities a threat to France’s identity, up five points from 2010. However, 19 per cent believe Muslims culturally enrich the country.
In 1989 33 per cent of French people responded that they were “in favour” of building mosques, while the figure today is just 13 per cent . That year, 31 per cent were opposed to wearing the veil in general, a number that in 2016 has risen to 63 per cent.
Anouar Kbibech, Chairman of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, responded to the survey’s results saying that negative perceptions of Islam cause distress to Muslims living in France.
The French, he comments, must look upon Muslims as full citizens. He noting that in the past Muslims demanded a right to “difference”, Le Figaro quips that now the Muslims in France will demand a right to “indifference”.
Does the above represent an upswell of "Islamophobia"? Or does the change come as a response to things like the following?
DENMARK: The Myth Of Integration: Muslims In Europe Getting More Radical With Time, Not Less
Whereas 10 years ago Muslims in Denmark could have been considered to be comparatively moderate, today a poll by newspaper Jyllands-Posten finds attitudes have hardened – and the younger the Muslim, the more likely they are to hold hard-line views.
In a series of polls released by the paper over the course of this week, it has been revealed that Muslims are now more likely to take the word of the Quran literally, and that the teaching of the Islamic holy book should be implemented directly. In 2006 the number of people who agreed with the statement “the Quran’s instructions should be followed completely” was 62 per cent – today it has grown to 77 per cent; a strong majority.
While many have argued that the more violent verses of the Quran, which includes commandments to slay the enemies of the religion, have been taken out of context and are not to be interpreted literally, the view of three quarters of Muslims living in Denmark seems to contradict this view.
As well as taking the faith more literally, Muslims in Denmark also practice it with greater devotion, with more than half now praying at least five times a day, and a similar proportion rejecting the notions of any form of modernisation or reformation.
Jyllands-Posten reports this attitude towards a possible Islamic reformation came as a great disappointment to the small, elite group of Muslims that exist within the fashionable and powerful neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, such as Conservative member of parliament Naser Khader, who campaigns for such a reformation.
The paper reports the comments of one left-wing campaigner of Syrian Muslim heritage, who said in response to the poll’s findings that the fact Danish Muslims weren’t on board with their modernising mission was because the message had been mis-worded, and a rebranding of the concept of reformation would bring them up to date and in line with her metropolitan ideals. Contradicting this conceit, the paper also printed the remarks of Imam Fatih Alev of the Danish Islamic Centre, who said: “You can not change what is in the Quran and what the prophet has told us we need to do. Then you are not a Muslim any-more”.
Sociologist Brian Arly Jacobsen of the University of Copenhagen expressed surprise at the finding.
He told the paper: “It seems that Danish Muslims have become more religious in all dimensions, both in terms of faith and practice. Generally, we would expect that the opposite would happen, and that they would eventually come to resemble the rest of the Danes, who are not particularly religious activity”.
He said the opening of 30 new mosques in the past decade was likely the main cause of the radicalisation, a key warning to other European nations presently planning to allow the construction of mosques to serve their own booming Muslim populations. Perhaps most telling of all are the comments of Free Press Society chairman Katrine Winkel Holm, who said of the findings that they were a sign of Islamist forces within Denmark “unfolding at full speed”.
That Danish Muslims are now more hardline today than they were ten years ago should concern freedom of the press campaigners in the nation. It was back in 2005, a mere decade ago that cartoonists working with the Jyllands-Posten were threatened with execution, and massive protests spread from the nation worldwide after the paper published depictions of Mohammed.
The news reflects a trend also observed in Britain.
In 2007 it was revealed that a staggering 36 per cent of young Muslims believe the act of leaving Islam deserves death. [Graeme: that was nearly a decade ago]
Additionally, 2/3 of British Muslims would not give the government any information if they knew about a terror plot.
So, our question now is:
Is the fact that Indigenous European populations are hardening themselves against Islam due entirely to unthinking, racist, nativistic, knee-jerk "Islamophobia"? Can it be absolutely ALL the problem of the host culture? Or is it mostly a normal response from ordinary people about a genuine and measurably expanding problem?
It seems to me that there are enough reasons to prefer the latter explanation.