1/3rd of Muslim students think killing for religion is Justified

Christina here…

Here’s another reason we need organizations like the Secular Student Alliance: to combat dangerous ideas such as this, reported by the UK Telegraph.

Killing for religion justified, say third of Muslim students


The YouGov poll was conducted for the Right-wing think tank, the Centre for Social Cohesion, at 12 universities, including Imperial College and Kings College London. It also found:

40 per cent support the introduction of sharia into British law for Muslims

a third back the notion of a worldwide Islamic caliphate (state) based on sharia law

40 per feel it is unacceptable for Muslim men and women to mix freely

24 per cent do not think men and women are equal in the eyes of Allah

a quarter have little or no respect for homosexuals.

Telegraph UK, why didn’t you provide a link to the actual survey? Here, I found it: Islam on Campus.

Although 53 per cent said that killing in the name of religion was never justified, compared with 94 per cent of non-Muslims, 32 per cent said that it was. Of these, 4 per cent said killing could be justified to “promote or preserve” religion, while 28 per cent said it was acceptable if that religion were under attack.

The report’s authors found that Islamic societies on campus, operating under the umbrella of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, exert a strong influence on many of Britain’s 90,000 Muslim students. A quarter of them belong to Islamic societies and their views are often more extreme.

While three-fifths of society members said that killing in the name of religion was acceptable, an equal number of non-member Muslims said it was never justified. The security services have identified Islamist activism at universities acts as a possible “gateway” to violent extremism. Several terrorists and sympathisers began their extremist careers on campuses.

The authors of the report, “Islam on Campus”, lay much of the blame for extremism among Muslim students on the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which seeks to build a worldwide Islamic state.
YouGov polled 600 Muslim students and 800 non-Muslim students at universities with a high number of Muslims.

Now, this report is from 2008. I wonder if opinions have changed since then.

Regarding the question about killing for religion, the survey asked: “Is it ever justifiable to kill in the name of religion?”  4% of Muslims responded with, “Yes in order to preserve and promote that religion” vs 1% of non-Muslim students, 28% of Muslims responded with “Yes, but only if that religion is under attack” vs 1% of non-Muslims,  53% of Muslims responded with, “No it is never justifiable” versus 94% of non-Muslims, and 15% of Muslims responded with, “Not sure” vs 4% of non-Muslims.


This is post 8/24 by Christina for the SSA blogathon in support of the Secular Student Alliance! Go donate to them!

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