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EurIslam - Allaying Your Fears

by Chauncey Tinker – 23 Aug 2018

[Hat-tips to Seymour Clare and Jon MC for the links]

The European Union is determined to embrace Islam, in fact the EU even strangely wants Islam to be in our food (I know that is quite a mouthful to swallow), we have commented on that delicious culinary flavouring before. In order that the implementation of this policy can continue as smoothly as possible with minimal opposition from the plebs, the EU must first allay any fears that the public has about the religion and its followers.

To that end, the EU has funded a research project named EurIslam, here is a summary of a report produced by the project (in 2014):

Country: Netherlands Final Report Summary – EURISLAM (Finding a Place for Islam in Europe: Cultural Interactions between Muslim immigrants and Receiving Societies)

The above report summary does acknowledge that there have been some problems related to the integration of Muslim immigrants in Europe:

During the last decade or so, real and perceived problems related to the integration of immigrants have risen to the top of the political agenda in many parts of Western Europe. Above all, the cultural and religious integration of Muslims and Islam in Europe has been the cause for heated debate, controversy, and even violent actions.

Next the authors start to speculate about the causes of the problems and ask questions which they don’t appear to have any answers to:

The question of cultural and religious integration of Muslims and Islam in Europe is one that has been related to different issues. Sometimes it is related to their marginal socio-economic position, arguing that their cultural and religious background are in itself a cause for inequalities in for example education, the job market, housing, etc. At other times, the question of cultural and religious integration of Muslims and Islam relates more to the role of the state and to the place of religion in society. Should the state be involved in religious matters, and if so how should it do this?

Next they ask some questions that they are not sure are even important:

Closely related is the question of national identity, a common theme in this discussion and one that opens up seemly simple questions that have, nonetheless, proven to be rather elusive beyond their pure legal or political interpretations. What constitutes a nation or a people? Who are the French, the Dutch, and the Swiss? Who are they not? Are such things even important, and why so?

Who are they? Who are they not? Who knows? Who could possibly know? Does it even matter? Elusive and difficult to interpret questions indeed. The researchers appear to have spent quite a lot of time interviewing people and gathering survey data, all to no avail, and all at our expense. By the way this is supposed to be a scientific report according to the authors of the report, but it seems to me to be more an exercise in truth avoidance than anything else.

In a section titled “Views of leaders and representatives of Muslim organizations” the focus is on the “large share” of 26% (which is technically a MINORITY for those unfamiliar with percentages) who see no significant difference between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities, rather than the 74% then who presumably DO see a significant difference (who are not mentioned in this section):

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about the answers given by the leaders and representatives of these organizations is that a large share (26%) indicated there is really nothing that significantly distinguishes their community from the non-Muslim community.

There is also a very surprising claim (the countries of origin include Pakistan incidentally):

The interviewees in the survey of all four ethnic groups in all six countries do not identify very strongly as Muslims (all scores are lower than 31,6 per cent). There is no clear difference between ethnic groups or countries in this.

This seems rather starkly at variance with our experience in the UK at least. It’s interesting to note that quite a few very significant differences in attitudes were revealed by a study from Channel 4 in the UK:

C4 survey and documentary reveals What British Muslims Really Think

Perhaps surprisingly, the word “welfare” does not appear anywhere in the report summary, despite the fact that the welfare system is playing an enormous part in the failure of Muslims to integrate in Europe, by relieving a very large number of them from any necessity for earning their own living. There have been some quite astonishing claims about the numbers of Muslims on welfare in Europe, for example see this clip from Memri TV (I don’t know how accurate the percentage is for Europe overall):

50 million muslims In Europe and 80% are living on welfare

A similar claim has been made in the UK however (accompanied inevitably with the suggestion it’s all because of racism), from the Sun:

LOCKED OUT Just one in five Muslims are in work as report finds they are held back by racism

Quote:

Overall, 18.9 per cent of Muslims aged between 16 and 74 are currently in full-time employment, according to the SMC.

The EurIslam report concludes with some feeble recommendations such as:

To stimulate good relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in European societies, it is important to maintain interreligious dialogues and stimulate bridging social capital for religious groupings. The role of civil society actors is important here.

However there is a rather more sinister recommendation as well:

Media discourse structures and consolidates the public perceptions there are of Muslims. In order to avoid the persistence of negative representations, they should not focus their coverage on Islam and Muslims only when dramatic events mark the international, national, or local agenda. Instead, some space should also be provided to cover the negotiations between the state and the different actors involved in the process of finding solutions to specific issues. This should be done in a more neutral way.

In other words, the report is calling for pro-Islamic propaganda in the media, and nice feel-good stories about interfaith dialogues and so on, not just news reports about Islamic terrorist attacks and rape gang convictions etc.!

It also suggests that leaders of Muslim organizations are good partners for promoting the integration of Muslims because they are “(more) liberal when it comes to democratic principles and women’s rights”:

Leaders and representatives of Muslim organisations tend to be (more) liberal when it comes to democratic principles and women’s rights. This makes them a good partner and vocal point for the integration of Muslim minorities in Europe.

Again that is rather starkly at variance with our observations of the leadership of Muslim organizations in the UK.

The same basic idea that we have seen throughout the deluded West in recent years lies at the heart of this desire of the EU to embrace Islam, that being the idea that Islam can be molded and Westernized to fit in with the Western secular democratic model. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times learned and well-informed people point out that there are inherent and insurmountable problems with this idea, still the idea persists.

Andrew C. McCarthy, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, discovered that exactly the same ostrich syndrome was prevalent in the U.S when he was “assigned to lead the prosecution of a terrorist cell that had bombed the World Trade Center and was plotting an even more devastating strike”:

Islam-Facts or Dreams?

Quote from his above article:

Our government was portraying him as a wanton killer who was lying about Islam by preaching that it summoned Muslims to jihad or holy war. Far from a lunatic, however, he turned out to be a globally renowned scholar-a doctor of Islamic jurisprudence who graduated from al-Azhar University in Cairo, the seat of Sunni Islamic learning for over a millennium. His area of academic expertise was sharia-Islamic law.

Obviously, you can’t have preachers who are committed to summoning the faithful to holy war against the infidels roaming free in a modern secular democracy now can you?

In conclusion I think it is sensible to suggest that we get out of the EU as soon as possible before these clowns get us all killed.

RELATED POST:

Our article about a speech by Federica Mogherini the “High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy” who is in charge of the EU’s security (be afraid, be very afraid). She wants “political Islam” in Europe and in our food whether we like it or not (we didn’t make that up):

A Highly Representative Speech

 

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