Sunday, July 27, 2008

Poll Says Many British Muslim College Students Hold Islamist Views

Today's London Telegraph and London Times Online report that a YouGov poll for the Centre for Social Cohesion shows a wide cultural gap between Muslim and non-Muslim students at British universities. 40% of Muslim students say Shariah should be introduced into British law for Muslims. 57% agreed that Muslim members of the armed forces should be allowed to opt out of operations in Muslim countries. While 53% of Muslim students say that killing in the name of religion is never justified, 28% said it was acceptable if religion was under attack and 4% said it could be justified to promote or preserve religion. One-third of Muslim students supported the establishment of a world-wide caliphate. Among non-Muslim students, 55% thought that Islam was incompatible with democracy. 40% of Muslim students opposed Muslim men and women associating freely, and 25% of Muslim students said they had little respect for gays. The report titled "Islam on Campus" says the group Hizb ut-Tahrir is responsible for much of the radicalization of Muslim students on British campuses.