Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Shooting at Fort Hood raises fresh questions about Muslims: Part 2

Disclaimer to protect myself from Human Rights Commissions (normal people need not read this paragraph):  I hereby solemnly declare that I do not harbour any hatred or anger towards any religion or religious group, especially not Islam or Muslims.  I do not advocate any form of violence, hatred or discrimination against Muslims.  I am simply concerned by the statements made by Muslims themselves to the effect that they support terrorist acts.  I am therefore exploring the implications of their position on the public good of Canadians and the world.

In part 1 of this series, I presented the result of an opinion survey conducted among Muslims living in the U.S.  The results showed that 13% of Muslims living in America, or approximately 305,500 people, support the use of suicide bombings and other violence against civilians.  Among those under 30 years old, support for such attacks on civilians was 26%.  That's very disturbing.  I'm sure it causes many a sleepless night for law-enforcement officials in the U.S.

Today I will be presenting further survey results conducted in other countries.  They are even scarier. 

You may be aware that Muslims represent a larger share of the populatoin in European countries than here in North America.  The Pew Research Center, the same group that did the aforementioned study for the U.S., also conducted surveys in major four European nations in a report published in June 2006. They asked the same quesiton as in the U.S. study, i.e. whether it was ever justified to conduct suicide bombings or other attacks against civilian targets. 

  • In Germany, 13% of Muslims approved of such attacks, the same rate as in the U.S.
  • In Great Britain, 24% of Muslims approved.
  • In Spain, 25% approved.
  • In France, a whopping 35% of Muslims approved of terrorist attacks.  That's more than one out of three.
As in the U.S., the percentages are higher when you consider people under 30 years old:
  • Germany:      22% approval.
  • Spain:           29% approval
  • Great Britain: 35% approval. 
  • France:         42% approval.  That's close to half of young Muslims.
Using the number of Muslims in each country, we can extrapolate the approximate number of potential terrorists:
  • Spain:            250,000 potential terrorists.
  • Germany:       430,000 potential terrorists.
  • Great Britain:  440,000 potential terrorists.
  • France:          1 million potential terrorists.
Please keep in mind that the birth rate among Muslims in these countries is much higher than in the rest of the population.  Moreover, immigrants into these countries are largely composed of Muslims.  As a result, these numbers are expected to rise rapidly over time.

Also keep in mind that Great Britain and France have nuclear weapons.

Do these facts disturb you?  They should.  It is a disturbing reality.  I'll have more to write on this topic in the future.  For now, let me repeat the statement I made in my previous post:  This is not stereotyping, prejudice or discrimination.  This is science.  This is a rigorous statistical survey conducted by a reputable organization.  The researchers didn't put words in the respondents' mouths.  The respondents incriminated themselves by asserting that they support suicide bombing.  We got the info straight from the horse's mouth.  Don't be afraid to admit the truth.

To be continued...