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“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

Jeg kender kun en religion, som dræber folk for deres tro: Islam.

“One Christian Killed every Five Minutes Worldwide on Religious Faith Grounds says International Conference

A Christian is killed every five minutes somewhere in the world. That was the conclusion of the “International Conference on Inter-religious Dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims,” which was held in Hungary. According to Massimo Introvigne representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, this estimate does not include Christians killed in civil wars or conflicts between countries.”

http://www.goddiscussion.com/65556/one-christian-killed-every-five-minutes-worldwide-on-religious-faith-grounds-says-international-conference/

“Antwerp: 45% of elementary school students are Muslim

Via HLN:

Almost half of the students in the Antwerp municipal elementary school system are Muslim, an increase of 12% compared with the 2007-2008 school-year. The figures are based on how many students ask to take Islam classes. The data was provided by request of Vlaams Belang from the Antwerp alderman of education, Robert Voorhamme (sp.a)

Parents in Antwerp can choose which class their children go to: Catholicism, Protestantism, Orthodox, Anglicanism, Judaism, Islam or secular ethics.

Of the 10,743 elementary school students, 4,890 (45.5%) took Islam class this year. Alderman Voorhamme says that the figures mirror the evolution of the composition of the population.

See also: Antwerp: 56% of children of immigrant origin

http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2011/05/antwerp-45-of-elementary-school.html

http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/1275/Islam/article/detail/1271704/2011/05/30/Helft-van-Antwerpse-lagereschoolkinderen-is-moslim.dhtml

“4. (S/NF) The local Deobandi or Ahl-e-Hadith maulana will generally be introduced to the family through these organizations. He will work to convince the parents that their poverty is a direct result of their family’s deviation from “the true path of Islam” through “idolatrous” worship at local Sufi shrines and/or with local Sufi Peers. The maulana suggests that the quickest way to return to “favor” would be to devote the lives of one or two of their sons to Islam. The maulana will offer to educate these children at his madrassa and to find them employment in the service of Islam. The concept of “martyrdom” is often discussed and the family is promised that if their sons are “martyred” both the sons and the family will attain “salvation” and the family will obtain God’s favor in this life, as well. An immediate cash payment is finally made to the parents to compensate the family for its “sacrifice” to Islam. Local sources claim that the current average rate is approximately Rps. 500,000 (approximately USD 6500) per son. A small number of Ahl-e-Hadith clerics in Dera Ghazi Khan district are reportedly recruiting daughters as well.

 

5. (S/NF) The path following recruitment depends upon the age of the child involved. Younger children (between 8 and 12) seem to be favored. These children are sent to a comparatively small, extremist Deobandi or Ahl-e-Hadith madrassa in southern or western Punjab generally several hours from their family home. Locals were uncertain as to the exact number of madrassas used for this initial indoctrination purpose, although they believed that with the recent expansion, they could number up to 200. These madrassas are generally in isolated areas and are kept small enough (under 100 students) so as not to draw significant attention. At these madrassas, children are denied contact with the outside world and taught sectarian extremism, hatred for non-Muslims, and anti-Western/anti-Pakistan government philosophy. Contact between students and families is forbidden, although the recruiting maulana periodically visits the families with reports full of praise for their sons’ progress. “Graduates” from these madrassas are either (1) employed as Deobandi/Ahl-e-Hadith clerics or madrassa teachers or (2) sent on to local indoctrination camps for jihad.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/the-india-cables/the-cables/article2038018.ece

Der findes mere end 10.000 moskéer i Europa. I langt de fleste udøves et religiøst liv uden konflikt med omverdenen. Men i Tyskland og England er der også eksempler på moskéer, der er stærkt omdiskuterede. Her er et par af Europas omstridte moskéer
Finsbury Park Mosque i London er en af de mest omstridte moskéer i Storbritannien. Moskéen blev lukket i 2003, efter at politiet havde afsløret, at moskéen var mødested for terrorister, og en af moskéens prædikanter, Abu Hamza, blev fængslet. Den blev genåbnet i 2005 med en ny ledelse. Senest har dokumenter fra organisationen Wikileaks afsløret, at moskéen har hvervet unge til Taleban-træningslejre i Afghanistan. …

Stormoskéen i Rom er en af de største moskéer i Europa med plads til 2500 mennesker. Den er finansieret af Saudi-Arabien, der siden begyndelsen af 1980′ erne finansierede opførelsen af flere moskéer i den vestlige verden. I alt skønnes Saudi-Arabien at have brugt, hvad der svarer til 275 milliarder kroner på at bygge moskéer i den vestlige verden.

Kilde: Kristeligt Dagblad, 26. maj 2011 “Omstridte moskeer” (ikke online).

Koranen er anti-semitisk, så derfor er det vel ikke så underligt:

“The Flemish-language newspaper De Morgen (link only in Flemish) has a major article about a survey of Muslim students in Brussels high schools. The professor who conducted the survey concludes that half “can be described as antisemitic which is a very high rate.’’ Five times higher, in fact, than among Flemish-speaking Belgians, who historically have been relatively anti-Jewish.

Incidentally, what was being measured here was not antagonism toward Israel but traditional anti-Jewish stereotypes. No doubt, the former attitude is even stronger.”

http://europenews.dk/en/node/43381

Religiøs undertrykkelse. Solidariteten blandt kristne er desværre meget lav, så forfulgte kristne må oftest klare sig selv:

59 procent af den tyrkiske befolkning er imod, at kristne og andre ikke-muslimske trossamfund får lov til at udbrede deres tro ved gudstjenester, viser en undersøgelse fra Sabanci Universitet i Istanbul.

Flertallet af tyrkere er imod kristnes ret til at holde gudstjeneste, og seks præster lever under beskyttelse. Fjendtligheden fostres af skolebøgers fordømmelse af mission

Mens den tyrkiske regering bejler til EU ved at give flere rettigheder til religiøse mindretal, er befolkningens fjendtlighed over for kristne i det altovervejende muslimske land steget de seneste år.

59 procent af den tyrkiske befolkning er imod, at kristne og andre ikke-muslimske trossamfund får lov til at udbrede deres tro ved gudstjenester, viser en undersøgelse fra Sabanci Universitet i Istanbul. Ifølge undersøgelsen har 40 procent af befolkningen et negativt eller meget negativt syn på kristne, som tæller færre end en procent af befolkningen.”

http://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/artikel/418736:Kirke—tro-Tyrkiets-kristne-udsaettes-for-chikane?all=1

“Det religiøse overhoved i moskéen på Ørbækvej, imam Sheik Abu -Alamin , der forestod forlovelsesritualet med en 8. klasses skolepige, tager de islamiske skrifter helt bogstaveligt… …

Årsagen er angiveligt, at den islamiske præst er en de imamer, som de muslimske familier i Odense lytter mest til. Både når han færdes blandt trosfæller i Vollsmose, hvor han selv bor, og når han samler mellem 500 og 700 muslimer til fredagsbøn på Ørbækvej.”

2.-generationsindvandrere er åbenbart meget imod at købe varer, som sælges og produceres af værtslandet. Omvendt vil de gerne købe varer af deres egen etniske gruppe. Det kaldes “forbruger-etnocentrisme”. De fysiske parallelsamfund - Vollsmose, Gellerup, Tingbjerg osv. - suppleres dermed med et økonomisk parallelsamfund, hvor pengestrømme forbliver inden for visse etniske og religiøse cirkler. Udbredt havala-banking er også en del af disse økonomiske parallelsamfund.

Indlendende tekst til rapporten “Consumer Disidentification and Its Effects on Domestic Product Purchases: An Empirical Investigation in the Netherlands”:

“Consumers’ local bias is an important determinant of domestic product purchase behavior. Because of its importance, authors across various disciplines have investigated this phenomenon using the consumer ethnocentrism model. However, the research reported herein demonstrates that such an approach provides an incomplete picture at best. This research provides an initial test of the consumer disidentification (CDI) construct. In contrast with consumer ethnocentrism, the CDI model predicts that consumers’ repulsion toward their domestic country negatively affects the purchase of products made in their domestic country or by domestic firms. The model is tested using survey data from 1534 second-generation immigrants who were born in and live in the Netherlands. Structural equation modeling supports the model and shows that CDI has a significant impact on buying decisions beyond the effect of consumer ethnocentrism. The results further show that for second-generation Turkish immigrants, acculturation and ethnic identification are important predictors of both consumer ethnocentrism and CDI. The article discusses the implications of these findings for research and practice.”

Hvis de er helt unge, så er man mere sikker på, at de er jomfruer - og de er nemmere at skræmme til lydighed. Mænd fra visse kulturer har svært ved at håndtere selvstændige kvinder - og har svært ved at holde på kvinder, som er frie til at gå…:
“Ett par hundra “barnäktenskap” registreras varje år i Sverige - helt lagligt. Den slutsatsen kan man dra av siffror som regeringen beställt av Skatteverket.
Det handlar om personer som invandrat till Sverige och antingen i samband med ankomsten, eller i fler fall långt senare, begär att få registrera sig som gifta. Men det handlar också om personer som redan är svenska medborgare och gifter sig med en utlänning.
Tidigare uppskattningar från flera myndigheter har gjort gällande att det “bara” skulle handla om 10-20 fall per myndighet och år. Men Skatteverket har under fyra månader i höst hittat 74 ärenden där någon av parterna var under 18 år när äktenskapet ingicks. I så gott som samtliga fall var det kvinnan som var minderårig. Omräknat till helårstal skulle det handla om över 200 fall.
Men Elisabet Modée, departementssekreterare på utbildningsdepartementet, är försiktig med att dra allt för långtgående slutsatser. Både Skatteverket och Migrationsverket ska nu föra statistik under ett helt år.
- Först när de mätningarna är genomförda kan vi få en bild av hur många det handlar om som blir utsatta för till exempel barnäktenskap och tvångsäktenskap, säger hon.
- Men vi gör bedömningen att det är för mycket, säger hon.
Många är oroliga
Som Dagen tidigare skrivit om visade Ungdomsstyrelsens rapport “Gift mot sin vilja” att 8500 unga mellan 16-25 år var oroliga för att bli bortgifta mot sin vilja,.”

http://www.dagen.se/dagen/article.aspx?id=257244

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