France: One-third of young Muslims hold “fundamentalist” religious views

A large survey of 7000 students, aged 14-16 by the National Centre for Scientific Research, has found that a third of French Muslim youth had “fundamental religious views.” To clarify what “fundamental religious views” mean: 32 percent of them did not fully condemn the jihadist bloodbath at the Charlie Hebdo offices for the sharia crime of blasphemy, or the massacre at the Hyper Cacher grocery store shortly thereafter.

This finding is a troubling breakaway from the usual claim that only around 10 percent of Muslims globally ascribe to violent jihad. Right after the Charlie Hebdo attack, the Daily Beast proclaimed that 12 percent of the world’s Muslims support jihad terrorism. The report attacked “pundit/comedian” Bill Maher’s comment:

“I know most Muslim people would not have carried out an attack like this. But here’s the important point: Hundreds of millions of them support an attack like this. They applaud an attack like this.”

The ludicrous Daily Beast report went on to say:

“Just as in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other faiths, there are fanatics, conservatives, moderates, progressives, and far-left-progressives in the Muslim world.”

The folly of such false comparisons is glaring. Jews, Christians, Hindus and Buddhists have not murdered 11 million of their coreligionists since 1948. They don’t behead or stone people or chop off their hands for theft. They don’t invoke religious texts to justify the mass rape of infidel women. They don’t capture sex slaves and brutalize them, outline elaborate plans to sabotage Western civilization from within and replace its free societies with the sharia, endeavor to destroy Israel, seek global conquest, preach hatred and incite violence from places of worship, etc. While all Muslims certainly do not engage in such heinous activity, it cannot be denied that Islamic supremacists and jihadists have declared war on the world.

Further food for thought: right before Christmas, a Policy Exchange Poll out of the UK showed that half of all Muslims, if they knew someone with Islamic State links, would not report this fact to police.

“Study: Third of France’s Young Muslims Hold Fundamentalist Religious Views”, by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, March 12, 2017:

A study looking at the prevalence of radical ideology among high school students has found that French Muslims are much more likely to tolerate violence and to hold fundamentalist religious views than other pupils.

The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) study involved more than 7,000 students, aged between 14 and 16, who were studying at 21 schools and four academies in France.

Sociologists who conducted the survey, Anne Muxel and Olivier Galland, stressed the sample is not representative of French youth as a whole.

The schools included in the study are located in poor areas, with overrepresentation in the student body of pupils from working class backgrounds (41 per cent), students with immigrant backgrounds (38 per cent), and Muslims (25 per cent).

The CNRS reported that 11 per cent of respondents overall adhere to religious fundamentalism, which rises to 32 per cent among Muslim youths…

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