Europeans’ Attitude Towards the Muslims: The Glass is More than Half Full

The Muslim Times’ Editor’s comment: If we look carefully at the table by the Pew Research Center below, we realize that the glass is more than half full and is positive in favor of the Muslims, at least as regards the Protestants.

Source: Pew Research Center

Catholics and Protestants in the region differ in their attitudes toward religious minorities. For example, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to hold negative views of Muslims: Catholics are more likely than Protestants to say they would not be willing to accept Muslims as family members, that Muslim women in their country should not be allowed to wear any religious clothing, and that they agree with the statement, “Due to the number of Muslims here, I feel like a stranger in my own country.”

Islamophobia in Europe

Differences between Catholics and Protestants on these issues can be difficult to disentangle from historical and geographic patterns in Western Europe, where Catholic-majority countries are primarily concentrated in the south, while the north is more heavily Protestant. But in a handful of countries with substantial populations of both Catholics and Protestants – including the United Kingdom and Germany – more Catholics than Protestants hold negative attitudes toward Muslims. For example, in the UK, 35% of Catholics and 16% of Protestants say Muslim women in their country should not be allowed to wear any religious clothing. In Switzerland, however, the opposite is true; 35% of Swiss Protestants express this view, compared with 22% of Catholics.


5 replies

  1. This is good news as 20% of the Protestants and some 30% of Catholics are overly critical of the Muslims and have negative image of them.

    If the Muslims pay attention to the best practices to be contributing members of the society, integration can be a Win / Win situation. In the Muslim Times we have collated ideas for such purposes. The most recent article for this is:

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