Map of the day: Islamophobia in Europe


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From the Pew Research Center, which reports:

In spring 2016, we asked residents of 10 European counties for their impression of how many Muslims in their country support extremist groups, such as ISIS. In most cases, the prevailing view is that “just some” or “very few” Muslims support ISIS, but in Italy, 46% say “many” or “most” do.

The same survey asked Europeans whether they viewed Muslims favorably or unfavorably. Perceptions varied across European nations: Majorities in Hungary, Italy, Poland and Greece say they view Muslims unfavorably, while negative attitudes toward Muslims are much less common in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Northern and Western Europe. People who place themselves on the right side of the ideological scale are much more likely than those on the left to see Muslims negatively.

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3 responses to “Map of the day: Islamophobia in Europe

  1. When Muslims assimilate in their new country, then they will be more accepted just as others have in the past. Wasn’t that part of the idea as to why they came to European countries as well as into America? Certainly we shouldn’t be the ones to assimilate to their ideologies when it goes against ours! Who are/is being the problem here?

    • But we don’t make that same demand, say, of Orthodox Jews, whose customs and social practices are similar to those of conservative Muslims in many ways. Nor do we make that demand of countless other religious groups, many of them Christian, whose beliefs and practices deviate to a significant degree from cultural norms.

      Now can we forget that radical Islam is a direct response to American military intervention in countries which displayed no hostile military intent toward the U.S. The U.S. energized and armed the radicals for decades, even providing them with secure communications systems.

      And if you look at what many Republicans want, it’s to control women’s bodies in much the same manner as the Islamists would.

      It’s a quandary, but expecting others to perform according to our norms isn’t the solution. That can only happen when people talk to rather than at each other.

  2. Good to know at least someone was paying attention! (Richard Brenneman) 🙂

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