Monday, June 26, 2006

Poll shows Muslims in Britain are the most anti-western in Europe

Julian Borger:

Public opinion in Britain is mostly favourable towards Muslims, but the feeling is not requited by British Muslims, who are among the most embittered in the western world, according to a global poll published yesterday.

The poll, by the Washington-based Pew Global Attitudes Project, asked Muslims and non-Muslims about each other in 13 countries. In most, it found suspicion and contempt to be mostly mutual, but uncovered a significant mismatch in Britain.

The poll found that 63% of all Britons had a favourable opinion of Muslims, down slightly from 67% in 2004, suggesting last year's London bombings did not trigger a significant rise in prejudice. Attitudes in Britain were more positive than in the US, Germany and Spain (where the popularity of Muslims has plummeted to 29%), and about the same as in France.

Less than a third of British non-Muslims said they viewed Muslims as violent, significantly fewer than non-Muslims in Spain (60%), Germany (52%), the US (45%) and France (41%).

By contrast, the poll found that British Muslims represented a "notable exception" in Europe, with far more negative views of westerners than Islamic minorities elsewhere on the continent. A significant majority viewed western populations as selfish, arrogant, greedy and immoral. Just over half said westerners were violent. While the overwhelming majority of European Muslims said westerners were respectful of women, fewer than half British Muslims agreed. Another startling result found that only 32% of Muslims in Britain had a favourable opinion of Jews, compared with 71% of French Muslims.

Across the board, Muslim attitudes in Britain more resembled public opinion in Islamic countries in the Middle East and Asia than elsewhere in Europe. And on the whole, British Muslims were more pessimistic than those in Germany, France and Spain about the feasibility of living in a modern society while remaining devout.

The Pew poll found that British Muslims are far more likely than their European counterparts to harbour conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks. Only 17% believed that Arabs were involved, compared with 48% in France.

There was general agreement that relations are bad, but Britons as a whole were much less likely than other Europeans to blame Muslims. More Britons faulted westerners (27%) than Muslims (25%), with a third saying both are equally responsible. British Muslims were less ambivalent. Nearly half blamed westerners. By comparison, in Germany and France both communities blamed each other in roughly equal measure.

Unlike the rest of Europe, a majority of Britons declared themselves sympathetic to Muslims offended by the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published in the European press last year. But most Britons said the outbreak of violence was the result of Muslim intolerance for western freedom of expression. Only 9% of British Muslims agreed with that view. Nearly three-quarters blamed the controversy on western disrespect of Islam.

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At 8:38 AM, Anonymous big bill said...

Mexicans feel the same hatred and contempt toward white people in the USA. For Mexicans, like Muslims, it is the only fig leaf they can hold on to.

They abandoned their homelands, those murderous hellholes of corruption and exploitation, to come live among white people.

They know in their heart of hearts that their own countries and cultures are ignorant, evil and exploitative.

They cannot consciously admit it, however, for it taints them too.

As I like to explain to them, "we cannot accept any more of you into our lands, because you would happily recreate on our soil the sick cultures your people happily created for over 500 years and which you are desperately trying to escape."

But Mexican denial, like Muslim denial, is almost impossible to cut through.

It is most wonderfully apparent in that Mexican movie, "A Day Without Mexicans" in which whimpering American white folks are unable to tie their shoes, get a drink of water, prepare a meal or mow their laws without Mexican help.

The movie is hysterical, and what really makes it funny is that Mexicans really believe this stuff.

From their perspective, THEY are rescuing US. The new Christ figures of the American continent, they are sacrificing themselves for us.

This complete mental inversion of reality is what keeps them from losing all respect for themselves.


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