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Survey: Majority of British Muslims do not sympathise with suicide bombers

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A total of 96 per cent of British Muslims do not sympathise with people who take part in suicide bombings, a new survey has revealed.

Muslim womanThe survey of 1,081 British Muslims was commissioned by Channel 4 to get a better understanding of British Muslims’ attitudes to living in Britain and British institutions.

It also examined Muslims’ attitudes to social issues including gender equality, homosexuality and issues relating to freedom of expression and the degree of sympathy for the use of violence and terrorist acts.

Ninety-six per cent of British Muslims did not sympathise with people who commit terrorist actions as a form of political protest.

The survey found that 34% of British Muslims would inform the police if they thought somebody they knew was getting involved with people who support terrorism in Syria.

A large majority – 77 per cent – did not support the introduction of Sharia law while 52 per cent did not believe that homosexuality should be legal in Britain.

Mr Trevor Phillips
Mr Trevor Phillips

A large majority of British Muslims felt a strong sense of belonging to their local area (91%) – far higher than the national average (76%).

It also emerged that 88% of British Muslims thought that Britain was a good place for Muslims to live.

Commenting on the survey’s findings, writer and former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips said: “Hearing what British Muslims themselves think, rather than listening to those purporting to speak on their behalf, is critical if we are to prevent the establishment of a nation within our nation. Many of the results will be troubling to Muslims and non-Muslims alike – and the analysis of the age profile shows us that the social attitudes revealed are unlikely to change quickly.

“The integration of Britain’s Muslims will probably be the hardest task we’ve ever faced. It will require the abandonment of the milk-and-water multiculturalism still so beloved of many, and the adoption of a far more muscular approach to integration.”

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