Fundamentalist Islam "Incompatible With Democracy"
By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
July 28, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A study released today which calls into question some of the most basic and prevalent attitudes in the West regarding the possibility of reaching accommodation with fundamentalist Muslims Executive Summary, Islam on Campus: A survey of UK student opinions] shows that 60% of students active in university based Islamic societies believe that, "killing in the name of religion can be justified," 40% support the introduction of shari'a into the legal framework and 33% favor the establishment of the Caliphate, a world-wide Islamic theocracy.
The report was commissioned by the Centre for Social Cohesion and conducted by YouGov.
Given the extreme nature of the Muslim students views, non-Muslim students have developed negative attitudes regarding them, with half stating that Islam was, "very or fairly incompatible with democracy."
Regarding the findings, the report's co-author, Hannah Stuart said, "These findings are deeply alarming...Students in higher education are the future leaders of their communities. Yet significant numbers of them appear to hold beliefs which contravene liberal democratic values." [source, UK Guardian, Radical Islam gains ground on campuses, http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/27/islam.highereducation]
Realizing the damage such a study could do to the prevailing liberal attitude supportive of extreme cultural accommodation, apologists have stepped into the breach with Wes Streeting, president of the National Union of Students [NUS] claiming, "This is just another report by a biased, right-wing think-tank...a willful misrepresentation of the views of Muslim students," however Mr. Streeting failed to demonstrate the alleged defects in the polling methodology. He also failed to note that the poll [involving a sample universe of 1,400 - 600 Muslims and 800 non-Muslims] was not conducted by the Center for Social Cohesion, but only commissioned by them and conducted by a respected UK research company.
The ferocious response to this study is understandable since it challenges the twin hallowed post-modernist Western paradigms of moral equivalency and secular humanism, because it demonstrates that the strategy of obtaining "social inclusion" via policies of cultural appeasement and faith outreach to militant Muslims has failed.
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