Three Cheers to Mandy Rice-Davies
The report, The Gallup Coexist Index 2009: A Global Study of Interfaith Relations, is the first annual report on the state of religious relations in nations around the world. The report contained some remarkable findings that show a troubling gap between how European Muslims see themselves, and what others assume about them.This would be hilarious, weren't it so damaging. One could ask now WHY, for example, are the French specifically sceptical about their Muslim neighbours? A possible answer would be: because French Muslims tend to riot violently. And yes, I am sure a Muslim Hollywood-Schmock knows exactly how a German student with a broken jaw feels after having his designer-sweat removed by his Muslim classmates. How intolerant not to appreciate being called "victim" and "potato", standard invectives patriotic German Muslims are fond of hurling toward their autochthonal compatriots. What is really remarkable about that 39% figure is that it is so low. But then, everything NOT to be called "Nazi" or "racist".
French Muslims, for example, identify with France as much as other French do (52%/55%), although they identify much more with their religion (58%) than the general French public (23%). So for French Muslims, their religion and their national loyalty are complementary, not mutually exclusive. But their religious identification makes their patriotism suspect to their neighbors.
Similar results were noted in Germany, where 71% of German Muslims said Muslims were loyal to Germany, while only 39% of their neighbors trusted Muslim loyalty to the state. What makes this finding even more ironic is that 40% of German Muslims actively identify with Germany, while only 32% of the general German population did. So Muslims in Germany not only see themselves as more patriotic than others credit them for, they are more loyal to Germany than other Germans!
When almost all is said and done, only one thing remains to be said about the Muslim accounts in that sensational, groundbreaking, eye-opening, touching, wrong-righting, moving Gallup poll, a thing, which would close the "troubling gap between how European Muslims see themselves, and what others assume about them" once and for all: They WOULD say that, wouldn't they?
About Mandy Rice-Davies, the immortal hooker.
A couple of minutes and some reading later, I'd like to add that statisticians are calling something like this sensational, groundbreaking, eye-opening, touching, wrong-righting, moving Gallup poll GIGO.
First posted at Roncesvalles.