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Majority of Europe's Muslims Favor Sharia Over Democracy

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The majority of Muslims in Europe believe Islamic Sharia law should take precedence over secular constitutions and laws of their European host countries, according to a new study, which warns that Islamic fundamentalism is widespread and rising sharply


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Beth S (330)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 5:15 pm
The majority of Muslims in Europe believe Islamic Sharia law should take precedence over the secular constitutions and laws of their European host countries, according to a new study, which warns that Islamic fundamentalism is widespread and rising sharply in Western Europe.

The "Six Country Immigrant Integration Comparative Survey"—a five-year study of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Sweden—was published on December 11 by theWZB Berlin Social Science Center, one of the largest social science research institutes in Europe.

According to the study (German and English), which was funded by the German government, two thirds (65%) of the Muslims interviewed say Islamic Sharia law is more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.

Three quarters (75%) of the respondents hold the opinion that there is only one legitimate interpretation of the Koran, which should apply to all Muslims, and nearly 60% of Muslims believe their community should return to "Islamic roots."

The survey shows that 44% of the Moroccans and Turks interviewed agree with all three of the above statements, which makes them "consistent fundamentalists," and fundamentalist attitudes are just as widespread among younger Muslims as they are among older Muslims.

According to the study, Islamic fundamentalism is most pronounced in Austria, where 73% of Muslims interviewed say Sharia law is more important than the secular laws of the state; 79% say there is only one correct interpretation of the Koran that should apply to all, and 65% believe Muslims should return to their Islamic roots. In Austria, 55% of the Muslims surveyed say they agree with all three of the above statements.

The author of the study, the Dutch sociologist Ruud Koopmans, says that "comparisons with other German studies reveal remarkably similar patterns. For instance, in the 2007 Muslime in Deutschland study, 47% of German Muslims agreed with the statement that following the rules of one's religion is more important than democracy, almost identical to the 47% in our survey that finds the rules of the Koran more important than the laws of Germany."

The survey also shows considerable Muslim hostility towards so-called out-groups, which are viewed as threatening the religious in-group. For example, nearly 60% of the Muslims interviewed reject homosexuals as friends and 45% say Jews cannot be trusted.

Here too, Muslims in Austria appear to be more fundamentalist than in other European countries: 69% of Muslims in Austria say they reject homosexuals as friends, 63% say Jews cannot be trusted, and 66% believe the West seeks to destroy Islam.

By way of comparison, among European non-Muslim natives interviewed for the study in the six countries, 8% express mistrust against Jews, 10% against homosexuals, 21% against Muslims, and 1.4% against all three.

According to Koopmans, Muslim fundamentalism "is not an innocent form of strict religiosity…While about one in five native Europeans can be considered as Islamophobic, the level of phobia against the West among Muslims—for which oddly enough there is no word; one might call it 'Occidentophobia'—is much higher still, with 54% believing that the West is out to destroy Islam."

According to Koopmans:

"These findings clearly contradict the often-heard claim that Islamic religious fundamentalism is a marginal phenomenon in Western Europe or that it does not differ from the extent of fundamentalism among the Christian majority. Both claims are blatantly false, as almost half of European Muslims agree that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam, that there is only one interpretation of the Koran, and that the rules laid down in it are more important than secular laws. Among native Christians, less than one in 25 can be characterized as fundamentalist in this sense. Religious fundamentalism is moreover not an innocent form of strict religiosity, as its strong relationship—among both Christians and Muslims—to hostility towards out-groups demonstrates.

"Both the extent of Islamic religious fundamentalism and its correlates—homophobia, anti-Semitism and "Occidentophobia"—should be serious causes of concern for policy makers as well as Muslim community leaders. Of course, religious fundamentalism should not be equated with the willingness to support, or even to engage in religiously motivated violence. But given its strong relationship to out-group hostility, religious fundamentalism is very likely to provide a nourishing environment for radicalization."

In a commentary on the study, the German newspaper Die Welt says the findings cast serious doubt upon the unbridled optimism of European multiculturalists, who argue that Muslim citizens will eventually internalize the liberal democratic mindset of Western society.

"The data are not suitable for simple conclusions," the paper writes. "But it must be recognized: democracies must beware of those who believe a free society is something that needs to be vanquished."

Justin Vale (13)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 7:54 pm
nah. it's just like worshiper's of the christian faith favor prayer in school and all that in god we trust thing. wanting to live under sharia is not the same thing as qutbism. our problems are not with the sharia, it's with qutbism and the facist islam that comes from it.

Marie W (67)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 9:36 pm
Muslims are not happy:

They’re not happy in Gaza
They're not happy in Egypt
They're not happy in Libya
They're not happy in Morocco
They're not happy in Iran
They're not happy in Iraq
They're not happy in Yemen
They're not happy in Afghanistan
They're not happy in Pakistan
They're not happy in Syria
They're not happy in Lebanon

So, where are they happy?
They're happy in Australia
They're happy in England
They're happy in France
They're happy in Italy
They're happy in Germany
They're happy in Sweden
They're happy in the USA & Canada
They're happy in Norway
They're happy in almost every country that is not Islamic!

And who do they blame?
Not Islam...
Not their leadership...
Not themselves...

And they want to change the countries they're happy in,
to be like the countries they came from, where they were unhappy.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 9:41 pm
No surprise!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday January 20, 2014, 12:59 am
It appears that most Muslims are just not happy...period! So if they are not happy then WHY do they insist on trying to get everyone to conform to their wishes!?

. (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 1:04 am
𝖎 𝖆𝖌𝖗𝖊𝖊 𝖜𝖎𝖙𝖍 𝖒𝖆𝖗𝖎𝖊, 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖞 𝖇𝖑𝖆𝖒𝖊 𝖊𝖛𝖊𝖗𝖞𝖔𝖓𝖊 𝖇𝖚𝖙 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖒𝖘𝖊𝖑𝖛𝖊𝖘. 𝖎𝖋 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖆𝖗𝖊 𝖓𝖔𝖙 𝖍𝖆𝖕𝖕𝖞 𝖎𝖓 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖈𝖔𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖗𝖞 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖍𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖒𝖎𝖌𝖗𝖆𝖙𝖊𝖉 𝖙𝖔 𝖌𝖔 𝖇𝖆𝖈𝖐 𝖙𝖔 𝖞𝖔𝖚𝖗 𝖔𝖜𝖓 𝖈𝖔𝖚𝖓𝖙𝖗𝖞, 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖋𝖎𝖌𝖍𝖙 𝖞𝖔𝖚𝖗 𝖇𝖆𝖙𝖙𝖑𝖊𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖗𝖊, 𝖎𝖓𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖆𝖉 𝖔𝖋 𝖙𝖗𝖞𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖔 𝖈𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖌𝖊 𝖔𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖗𝖘. 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝖇𝖊𝖙𝖍!

Hilary S (65)
Monday January 20, 2014, 1:27 am
and no-one wonders what the big attraction of europe is for muslims? so many of them really want to have their cake and eat it too.

Roseann d (178)
Monday January 20, 2014, 2:43 am
Carol favors Tea Party fascism over democracy. The Tea Party way or no way. Isn't that right Carol???

paula eaton (30)
Monday January 20, 2014, 2:45 am
Yikes. Please educate yourselves on sharia law.

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:30 am
I can't say I'm too surprised. Ultra-conservative, anti-liberal, and anti-secular values seem to be just as common in second and third generation or possibly even more so. It's really an uphill battle.

. (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:53 am
If they are not happy in this or that country then perhaps they should return to their land of origin or that of their parents or grandparents. The rest of us are quite happy to obey the laws of the land. Round them up en masse and deport them.

. (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 9:57 am
Frankly Roseann, what does the Tea Party have to do with Muslim preference for Sharia law? If you wish to convert to Islam and under laws that offer no freedom whatsoever for women then be my guest.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 10:11 am

Qutbists have their thing they call Sharia. More often than not, fascists can organize themselves better than democratic forces and thus are able to impose their will.

Then their voice becomes the prevalent one, and messes up the whole country.


. (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 10:12 am
Marie W: brilliant response
P.S. Roseanne D., what are you talking about? I am as confued by your ridiculous reply as Michael is.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 10:44 am
Thanks. This is sensitive issues.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Monday January 20, 2014, 10:54 am
I am not surprised. Let's see if we can put them out into the desert without supplies (like the Jews) and see if they can survive. I guess that whoever put the Muslims on this earth (it obviously wasn't our God) forgot to tell them that the purpose is for mankind to get along, not to taken over and kill till they were satisfied that they had gotten rid of the heathens and pagans.

Hopefully, if this mass murder should come around, I won't be here to see it.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday January 20, 2014, 3:29 pm
Perhaps they would feel more at home in a desert of their choosing???

Stan B (123)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 2:01 am
If only they could learn to enjoy an Andre Rieu concert!!

Helen Porter (39)
Friday January 24, 2014, 12:06 am
Do they dare say otherwise?
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