“Muslims face rising suspicion in Europe,” says the Times Online (thanks to Ixnay). The Times is worried that “Europe’s reputation as a tolerant haven for people of all religions may be under threat”: it’s all about racism and “Islamophobia,” you see. The Swedes are suffering from both; the British are faring better. No one, of course, has anything to say about Sharia, or the general intentions of many Muslims in Europe to subvert the states in which they are living. That wouldn’t fit the Chomskyit/Saidist paradigm: it all has to be the Europeans’ fault, you see.
EUROPE”S reputation as a tolerant haven for people of all religions may be under threat. Muslims are apparently being viewed with high levels of disapproval, a survey has revealed.
Sweden emerges as the most pessimistic west European nation; 75% of Swedes questioned said there is “definitely a lot” or “rather a lot” of disapproval of Muslims.
Britain is relatively tolerant. Just 39% of respondents said they believed that a significant number of people were opposed to Muslims.
The survey was conducted in the wake of the September 11 attacks and the Madrid train bombings to examine religious attitudes. Researchers asked 1,000 people in 19 European countries: “Do you think nowadays there is a lot of, a little of, or no disapproval of Muslims living in European society”.
In Holland, 72% said there was a lot of disapproval of Muslims and in Denmark the figure was 67%. On average, 52% of people interviewed across western Europe believed that there was large-scale unhappiness about Muslims….
Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, deputy director of the Islamic Foundation, a Leicester-based centre that promotes understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, said the study “reflects the general perception now prevalent in our society”.
He added: “Anyone who has the wellbeing of society uppermost in his mind cannot but feel deeply concerned at these findings. Being a Muslim I am worried that Europe is replacing its anti-semitism with yet another cancer “” Islamophobia. There is nothing worse than the feeling that you are not trusted or are viewed with suspicion by your neighbours and fellow citizens.”
He added that Muslims viewed Britain more positively than other countries in Europe: “We feel we are much better treated here than anywhere else “” the society as a whole is much fairer than the other European countries.
“In France for example (Muslim girls) are denied wearing the hijab in schools and in Germany, while the Turkish population have been living there for more than 30 years, they are still treated as guest workers and not allowed to be part of mainstream society.”
Azher Basharat, 35, a shop worker and devout Muslim from Forest Gate, east London, said: “Things have got a little worse since September 11, but in the main things are fine. People in Britain are very tolerant.
“What has changed, though, is that some people look at us with greater suspicion. You can see it in their faces “” they look a little uneasy. I”ve not been attacked or anything, though “” and I can’t remember anyone saying anything racist or Islamophobic to me.”