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“Aids i vækst i muslimske lande

Religiøs intolerance og forfølgelse får muslimske mænd til at skjule homoseksualitet, hvilket fører til manglende hjælp til hiv- og aids-smittede

Frygten for henrettelse, udstødelse og religiøs forfølgelse betyder, at homoseksuelle mænd i muslimske lande skjuler en eventuel aids-smitte.

Det konkluderer en gruppe forskere, tilknyttet Qatar-afdelingen af Weill Cornell Medical College.

Ifølge forskerne, der netop har offentliggjort deres resultatet i det medicinske tidsskrift PLoS Medicine, har to-tre procent af alle mænd i en række muslimske lande sex med andre mænd.

Dette svarer stort set til det globale gennemsnit, men frygten for religiøs forfølgelse og straf får mange muslimske mænd til at skjule deres homoseksualitet.

Samtidig er brugen af kondomer meget lav, især i Egypten og Pakistan, hvilket betyder en markant vækst i antallet af hiv-smittede, uden efterfølgende behandling og hjælp.

I Pakistan blev der eksempelvis konstateret 27 procent hiv-smittede i en gruppe homoseksuelle.

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http://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/artikel/428249:Kirke—tro-Aids-i-vaekst-i-muslimske-lande

“The overwhelming majority of American Muslims say they are not sympathetic with terror groups like al Qaeda, but they identify less strongly with the United States than other religious groups in the country, according to a new poll on Tuesday.

While 69 percent of American Muslims identify either very strongly or extremely strongly with the U.S., that compares with about 90 percent of Christians and Jews in the U.S. who hold those views, the Gallup survey found.

A full 91 percent of Protestants, 89 percent of Catholics, 86 percent of Jews and 92 percent of Mormons say that they identify either very strongly or extremely strongly with the U.S.

American Muslims and Mormons tend to identify with their faith and the U.S. equally, but Catholics, Protestants and Jews all said that they identified more with their country than with their religion, Gallup said.

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, American Muslims have been in the spotlight for a variety of reasons, many of them associated with prejudice toward Muslims as supporters of terrorism.

An overwhelming number – 92 percent – of American Muslims said that Muslims in this country are not sympathetic toward al Qaeda, but that number was significantly lower among other religious groups with 56 percent of Protestants, 63 percent of Catholics and 70 percent of Jews saying that American Muslims do sympathize with the organization.

And Tuesday’s poll echoed that experience, with nearly half of American Muslims saying they had experienced religious or racial discrimination within the past year. About one-third of Mormons said that they had faced discrimination, compared to only one-fifth of Jews, Catholics and Protestants.

American Muslims also overwhelmingly said that they opposed military attacks on civilians, with 78 percent saying that such attacks are never justified and 21 percent saying they are sometimes justified. In other religious groups – except Mormons – the proportion saying such attacks are sometimes justified is twice that.

The poll found that Muslim in the U.S. were broadly critical of American foreign policy, with 83 percent of American Muslims saying the war in Iraq was a mistake, which, except for Jews and atheists, was about twice as high a number than other religious groups.

Unlike other religious groups in the U.S., Muslims said that widely unfavorable views of the U.S. in predominantly Islamic countries was caused by U.S. actions and not misinformation spread by those countries’ governments. Two-thirds of Muslim Americans said they believed that U.S. actions had tarnished its reputations, while about 70 percent of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons blamed the unfavorable views on misinformation.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60529.html

“Seven in ten (71%) Britons say there are too many immigrants in the country and just a quarter (27%) believe immigration is good for the economy according to new research from Ipsos MORI. The latest Global @dvisor survey conducted in 23 countries shows that only Russians are more likely than Britons to agree that there are too many immigrants in their country (77% do so). Other countries with similarly high levels of agreement are Belgium (72%), Italy (67%), Spain (67%) and South Africa (66%). The Japanese are the happiest with their current level of immigration – just 15% think there are too many immigrants.
Immigration has raised also raised other concerns – three quarters (76%) of Britons agree that immigration has placed too much pressure on public services while three in five (62%) agree that immigration has made it more difficult for British people to get jobs. IPSOS Research Report, 7 sider pdf. Immigration having negative impact on world’s nations: Poll.

“Flertall i Nederland støtter innvandringskritisk politiker


Et flertall i den nederlandske befolkningen mener den innvandringskritiske politikeren Geert Wilders ikke trenger å endre sin antiislamske retorikk.

Wilders, som leder det nederlandske Frihetspartiet (PVV), er blitt internasjonalt kjent for sine antiislamske utspill, og gjorde et brakvalg i hjemlandet i fjor da PVV fikk over 15 prosent av stemmene i valget.

Terrorsiktede Anders Behring Breivik har beskrevet sin beundring for den nederlandske politikeren i sitt såkalte manifest, og har blant annet sitert Wilders’ antiislamske utspill i den nederlandske nasjonalforsamlingen.

Fredag kommer det fram i en spørreundersøkelse at 52 prosent av nederlenderne mener det ikke er noen grunn til at Wilders bør moderere sin retorikk i etterkant av terrorangrepene i Norge, mens 44 prosent sier han burde moderere seg.

29 prosent av de spurte sier de er enige med Wilders holdning til muslimer.”
http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/verden/1.7732244
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