82 percent have a negative opinion of Christians while only 4 percent have a favorable opinion of Jews.
From Will at The Other News:
Anyone who is curious about the emerging, 21st century Young Turk, the Muslim democrat with whom some non-Muslims think they can promote interfaith dialogue, should carefully read the findings of the most recent World Values Survey, carried out by a team of academics from Bahçesehir University (a survey of randomly selected sample of 1,605 Turks in 54 cities).
The survey proudly presents your new Young Turk: According to the survey, 81 percent of Turks consider themselves as religious, and that’s surely fine. All the same, 61 percent think if women wore bathing suits this would amount to sinning; 44 percent think restaurants should be closed during the fasting month of Ramadan (39 percent in 2007); and 84 percent don’t want gay neighbors.
In the year 2011, 23 percent of Turks think men should be able to marry up to four wives, but not the opposite – against 10 percent in 1996. Interestingly, 60 percent, both male and female, think women should obey men, while 33 percent think women deserve to be beaten by their husbands if they do not obey – compared to 19 percent in 1996.
And, naturally, 70 percent think children may be damaged if mothers work. The political findings of the survey are no less interesting. Seventy-five percent of Turks think the West is at fault for poor relations with Muslim nations.
And 53 percent blame the U.S. and West for poverty in Muslim countries.
Unsurprisingly, 82 percent have a negative opinion of Christians while only 4 percent have a favorable opinion of Jews.
Forty-five percent and 41 percent think that the most violent religions are Christianity and Judaism, respectively. And only 9 percent of Turks believe Arab groups carried out the attacks on 9/11.
The Europeans should decide on the wisdom of allying with a country where 82 percent of the population has a negative opinion of Christians, or on how sensible it is to play-act the interfaith dialogue theater that does not even convince secondary-school children.
All the same, linearly projecting the pace of Turkish conservatism into the next couple of decades, the Europeans may not be lucky enough to avoid the “vicinity cost” of 100 million or so of post-modern Young Turkey, where 90 plus percent of the population favors a strictly dogmatic interpretation of basic Islamic teachings and feel religiously and ethnically hostile to their non-Muslims neighbors to their west.
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