2006 June 29 Thursday
Western Muslims Most Angry In Britain

Modern Tribalist links to a report about Muslim attitudes toward Western societies and Western attitudes toward Muslims.

The poll found that 63% of all Britons had a favourable opinion of Muslims, down slightly from 67% in 2004, suggesting last year's London bombings did not trigger a significant rise in prejudice. Attitudes in Britain were more positive than in the US, Germany and Spain (where the popularity of Muslims has plummeted to 29%), and about the same as in France.

Less than a third of British non-Muslims said they viewed Muslims as violent, significantly fewer than non-Muslims in Spain (60%), Germany (52%), the US (45%) and France (41%).

By contrast, the poll found that British Muslims represented a "notable exception" in Europe, with far more negative views of westerners than Islamic minorities elsewhere on the continent. A significant majority viewed western populations as selfish, arrogant, greedy and immoral. Just over half said westerners were violent. While the overwhelming majority of European Muslims said westerners were respectful of women, fewer than half British Muslims agreed. Another startling result found that only 32% of Muslims in Britain had a favourable opinion of Jews, compared with 71% of French Muslims.

Across the board, Muslim attitudes in Britain more resembled public opinion in Islamic countries in the Middle East and Asia than elsewhere in Europe. And on the whole, British Muslims were more pessimistic than those in Germany, France and Spain about the feasibility of living in a modern society while remaining devout.

The Pew poll found that British Muslims are far more likely than their European counterparts to harbour conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks. Only 17% believed that Arabs were involved, compared with 48% in France.

My theory to explain these results: If your society goes out of its way to show Muslims respect and approval then they will interpret this as appeasement by a timid and unconfident majority. They will respond by demanding more and telling each other they have every right to anger at the non-Muslims who are illegitimate as rulers.

By contrast, a society whose elites consider their own culture superior (and the French fit this bill) and who look down on other cultures sends a powerful message to Muslims: You are in a society that sees any demands you make for special treatment as illegitimate. To the extent that a society self confidently asserts the superiority of its values it provides itself some degree of protection from Muslim fundamentalists.

You can read the full Pew report: Islamic Extremism: Common Concern for Muslim and Western Publics.

There's an obvious lesson in the full report for pro-Open Borders Jews: The Muslims hate you. You really should oppose loose immigration laws that let Muslims move into Western countries.

Update: Also see The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 June 29 10:25 PM  Immigration Culture Clash


Comments
Stephen said at July 1, 2006 6:59 AM:

Randell said: My theory to explain these results: If your society goes out of its way to show Muslims respect and approval then they will interpret this as appeasement by a timid and unconfident majority.

Here's my theory: A population that is subject to negative indoctrination regarding a particular identifiable group will tend to adopt that indoctrination. As evidence, in the west people are told that muslims are inherently violent, and they therefore report what they've been told. In the middle east, people are told that jews are inherently violent, and they too report what they've been told.

Even the Pew poll forms part of the indoctrination: "Banning Muslim head scarves is a good idea..." is a question that is premised on a fundamental misrepresentation.

Dave said at July 1, 2006 4:01 PM:

Its multi-culturalism that causes the rubbing together of different races and cultures therefor causing the friction that doesn't exist where the cultures are separated. Since Britain is more multi-cultural than many countries the results are to be expected.
A year or 2 ago there was an incident in Britain of some 'white' people were attacked by a gang of Asian Brits but some newly arrived Asians immigrants helped them hide from the gang.

Bob Badour said at July 1, 2006 7:23 PM:

Dave,

If by 'multiculturalism' you mean cultural self-loathing, then I think you are right. If the brits despise themselves, why shouldn't everybody else?

Matt said at July 1, 2006 9:28 PM:

Stephen said:

As evidence, in the west people are told that muslims are inherently violent, and they therefore report what they've been told.

Saying "in the west people are told that muslims are inherently violent" is not evidence, its an unsupported assertion. I live in "the west", and I was told no such thing, quite the opposite, rather.

JennyVasquez said at July 8, 2006 5:45 PM:

Interesting. I saw another interesting article at www.saneworks.us titled, Zionism, Hamas, and Self-Destruction. You should ready it.


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