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Posted on 05/24/2006 7:48:45 AM PDT by FoxyFacts
Study: Germans pessimistic on Islam By GEORGE CONGER
German public opinion believes a clash of civilizations" is under way between Christians and Muslims that will lead to further domestic and international conflict, a report commissioned by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung finds.
Germany is in the midst of "a conflict spiral," researchers from the Allensbach Institute for Public Opinion Research reported last week. "Conceptions of Islam were already negative" but have hardened "noticeably in recent times," the survey's authors Elisabeth Noelle and Thomas Petersen reported.
"Germans are increasingly of the opinion that a lasting, peaceful coexistence with the Islamic world will not be possible," Noelle and Petersen concluded.
Esteem for Islam in Germany has been falling precipitously since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has been driven down further by outrage over the 2004 Beslan school attack in Russia and by a recent series of high-profile stories in the German press.
Concerns over an "honor killing" in Berlin, demands that schoolgirls be permitted to wear burkas, a surge in schoolyard violence involving Muslim immigrants, and the failure of Germany's three million Muslim immigrants to assimilate have deepened a "crisis of cultures."
The Allensbach survey of 1,076 German adults in early May found that 83% of the respondents associated Islam with "fanaticism," an increase of 8% from a similar poll in 2004.
Over 71% believed Islam to be "intolerant," a rise from 66% in 2004; 62% saw it as "backward," up from 49%; while 60% saw it as "undemocratic," an increase of 8% since 2004. Only 8% of the survey participants characterized Islam as peaceful. When asked what keyword or phrase they associated with Islam, 91% of respondents stated that Islam implied discrimination against women.
Some 61% of Germans said they believed a "clash of cultures" already existed, while 65% said "they counted on such conflicts" to worsen in the future.
While two-thirds of the survey participants said they blamed religious fanatics, not Islam, for the conflict with the West, 40% of the participants said they would favor curtailing Germany's constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of religion in order to safeguard national security. Asked if there should be a ban on the building of mosques in Germany as long as Saudi Arabia and other Islamic states banned church construction, 56% agreed, the survey found.
The Muhammad cartoon controversy had also exhausted the average German's willingness to engage in dialogue, Noelle and Peterson noted. "In view of the widespread feeling of being under threat, and the suspected intolerance of Islam, the readiness of Germans to show tolerance to the Muslim faith is sinking."
The survey findings were extraordinary in light of Germany's "special dislike of conflict," Noelle and Peterson noted. "One could even speak of a pronounced need for harmony by Germans," they said.
However, the "ditch has become deeper" between Islam and the West, the survey concluded, as "in most people's minds the Kampf der Kulturer has already begun."
Better late then never.
"Kampf der Kulturer"
Unfortunate phrasing, but correct.
And if the West eventually wins out against the Islamic assault, then China will take on the "winner". Judging by China's actions in the past decades, I'd say they've already taken sides...
Radical Islam is rather a Cult.
Hostile to women
Refuse to assimilate
Yes, Virginia, these are the people that are critical towards us in this war.
Yes, I agree.
Child abuse (like palestinian death cult).
Hatred sermons in their mainstream mosques.
Blaming the raped victims. (under catagory of: oppression of women).
Demonization of non Mulims.
I wonder how Americans would answer. It seems like the Germans have a good idea of what's going on.
Well, at least the Germans get it. Now it's time for the rest of Europe to wake up before it's too late.
Well they did fall for it before. "Fool me twice....."
Maybe we see some awakening here.
In times past, the general consensus in the West has been so lakadaisical that they never considered that religion is, by it's nature, much stronger than mere politics.
The motive of islam has never changed over the years. It, like ol' Ishmael, has been persecuting the legitimate since it was founded.
In part it is because they don't believe Iraq capable of what we call democracy.
What baloney, show me Christians in Europe.
Looks like the Germans have been reading, I wished the avaerage USA citizen did a little more -
NINTH GRADE Whahabi lesson - The clash between this [Muslim] community (umma) and the Jews and Christians has endured, and it will continue as long as God wills.
From the books of the Religion of Peace (& Frontpage.com) you find:
And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. (Quran 2:193)
It is reported on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah, and he who professed it was guaranteed the protection of his property and life on my behalf except for the right affairs rest with Allah. (Sahih Muslim book 1, no. 30; there are many similar ahadith)
It is part of Gods wisdom that the struggle between the Muslim and the Jews should continue until the hour [of judgment].
Allahs Apostle said, The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 4, bk. 52, no. 177; there are many similar ahadith)
Jihad in the path of God -- which consists of battling against unbelief, oppression, injustice, and those who perpetrate it -- is the summit of Islam. This religion arose through jihad and through jihad was its banner raised high. It is one of the noblest acts, which brings one closer to God, and one of the most magnificent acts of obedience to God.
A man came to Allahs Apostle and said, Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward). He replied, I do not find such a deed. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 4, bk. 52, no. 44)
When you meet those who disbelieve, smite at their necks til when you have killed and wounded many of them, then take them as captives. In fact, that is a direct quote from the Quran itself (Quran 47:4).
the digested kraut and wieners are going to hit the ventilator.
democracy is still 2 generations away
what we understand as democracy is the result of 250 years in the making. its infrstructure c/w social support came as a
I know what you mean, but rather Christians by background and connected culture.