Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The tiny minority of extremists

Young British Muslims are way more radical than their parents.

That's not surprising, of course. Most of the parents have actually lived under a partially implemented Sharia and are therefore a lot less enthusiastic about it. When I was a teenager the people of my parents' generation tended to dislike Stalin because they were born in Stalin's times and grew up right after his death; a fair lot (not the majority, I hope) of people my age thought Stalin was really cool.

Considering the subject matter and the numbers it is, however, a bit alarming.

13 percent of young (16-24) Muslims said they "admired" organisations such as Al Qaeda which are prepared to "fight the West".

36 per cent of 16-to-24-year-olds thought converting from Islam to another religion should be punished by death, compared with 19 per cent of 55s and over.

Here is the full report.

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