The pollster Environs recently interviewed 600 Muslims about life in Canada. You might have heard Media Party stories about it already, but I was more interested in some of the stats buried in the report:
For example, 75 per cent of Canadian Muslims want the right to pray in public schools. And only 36 per cent of Canadian Muslims say homosexuality should be accepted.
But that was the only controversial question.
What if a poll of Muslims were taken that wasn’t paid for by a Muslim lobby group, and was much more rigourous?
Earlier this month, a massive survey exactly like that was done in the UK, by Channel 4, a large public broadcaster. The results were reported by Trevor Phillips, the former Chair of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.
He wrote the report popularizing the phrase “Islamophobia”, but he also just admitted, twenty years later, that he regrets thinking Muslims would assimilate like other immigrants.
We’ve embedded a copy of Phillips' broadcast, below. I encourage you to watch it — it’s riveting and important.
We’ve also embedded the questions and answers by the UK polling company, questions the Canadian Muslim lobby would never pay a pollster to ask.
Like: Do British Muslims believe that a homosexual should be allowed to be a teacher?
Only 28% say yes.
And wait until you hear what they say about Jews, the Holocaust, and whether or not they’d call the police if they learned of a terrorist plot.
Now: What makes you think the answers in Canada would be different...?
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