Monday, 13 May 2013

The lies we tell ourselves about moderate Islam - 'religion of peace?

'On April 30, the Pew Research Center issued the results of a wide-ranging survey, "The World's Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society," which entailed more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews conducted in over 80 languages with Muslims on four continents.
Among the more chilling findings – and there are plenty – relate to the question of support for suicide bombings. It turns out that 40 percent of Palestinians, 29% of Egyptians and 15% of Jordanians say they believe suicide bombings and other attacks targeting civilians are justified to defend Islam.
... out of Egypt's population of 82.5 million, a whopping 24 million think it is OK to strap explosives to one's chest and detonate them in a crowd of innocent people. If even 1% of these Egyptians are willing to actually carry out such an attack, it would mean there are a potential 240,000 suicide bombers in the Nile state alone.

And the problem is not confined to the Middle East.

According to Pew, nearly 1 in 5 Malaysians, 1 in 4 Bangladeshis and 1 in 7 Pakistanis also endorse suicide attacks. That translates into 5 million Malaysians, 37 million Bangladeshis and 23 million Pakistanis who see nothing wrong with suicide bombings.'

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