Says a YouGov survey conducted by the Telegraph. Read the article.
They fear Islam mind you, not Islamic Fundamentalism!
I was discussing this with a brother and he said: "Is that all?"
I guess an optimistic way of looking at it would be that despite of all the propaganda and disinformation from misguided Muslims and the sensationalist media 47% still do not look at Islam as a threat.
Still, to me 53% is a way to a scarily high number. Now the government is questioning the whole "multicultural experiment." Since when did it become an experiment?
I thought it was a quintessential park of what makes this country what it is.
I thought it was all part of true democracy? Respect for minorities and all that.
Now its and experiment that isn't working and can be done away with. Nice move!
What shocked me the most were the postings on a blog on AOL. I spend virtually the whole night reading the 1000 comments posted. If you had any doubts about the hatred out there, this should jolt you out of your complacency. It did me!
Be warned, it contains some seriously offensive material!
Reading this has made me realise how very desperately we Muslims need to reach out and make ourselves and our religion understood by ordinary people. Londoners live in a multicultural bubble. Most people "experience" of Muslim is basically not to experience them at all. They just see and hear them from afar in their ghettos. The biggest challenge in my opinion is changing the attitude of those ghettoized Muslim communities who no only exasperate the problem, but arguably are the problem. We all know that plenty of those who label themselves Muslims are more racist, xenophobic, ignorant and ill educated than their detractors in the BNP.
It was being explained to me that when "our people" came here they saw the white man with his drinking, gambling and girlfriends and were shocked. They isolated themselves to protect themselves from the objectionable behaviour they saw.
Hmmm....but we still happy to send our kids to their schools for some free education/indoctrination, and to open shops that sell booz 'bacco and porn.
I just wonder what chance we have while there are some Muslims who imagine its OK extradite their to get their 13 year old daughters forcefully married. Talk about extraordinary rendition!
Just look at what a hard time the Prophet Mohammed (swas) had trying to convince the Arabs, and he was the best possible example! So what if those who are supposed to represent the deen are the opposite! May Allah guide us!
All of this just increases my determination to make more effort to get the true message of Islam out and counter this misguided hatred of this most perfect way of life. It really is, and must be our no. 1 priority!
May Allah forgive our shortcomings and save us from laziness and a mean and base life. Ameen