Britons most suspicious of Muslims
Britons are more suspicious of Muslims than Americans and other Europeans, according to a poll conducted by the Financial Times (h/t Alan):
Only 59 per cent of Britons thought it possible to be both a Muslim and a citizen of their country, a smaller proportion than in France, Germany, Spain, Italy or the US - the other countries polled by Harris Interactive.
British citizens were also the most likely to predict a "major terrorist attack" in their country in the next 12 months; consider Muslims "a threat to national security", and believe Muslims had too much political power in their country.
59% is still very high. This contradicts a poll last year, which said the UK was happier with its Muslim population than other countries. I suspect, too, that the reason Americans are not as suspicious of Muslims is that there are proportionally far fewer Muslims in America.
Osama Saeed of the Muslim Association of Britain blamed the findings on what he called "a vicious campaign" by the press against the Muslim community.
The suspicion has nothing to do with the July 7 bombings and numerous other thwarted terrorist attacks? Nothing to do with Muslim support for these attacks and for Sharia law?
Posted on 08/20/2007 11:08 AM by Mary Jackson