A report on the links between Islam and radicalisation among youths has been delayed until after the French Presidential election, over fears its conclusions will boost support for Marine Le Pen.
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At a press conference in Paris, researchers Olivier Galland and Anne Muxel delivered some shocking headline figures which highlight the clear link between being Muslim and holding radical ideas.
Here is what we know so far:
11% of respondents overall were classed as being religious ‘absolutions’ defined by their beliefs in religion over science. 6% of Christian students believed in religious absolutism, whereas that number rises to 32% of Muslim students.
Regardless of their performance at school and their parents’ profession, a young Muslim is four times more likely than a young Christian to adhere to radical ideas.
24% of those surveyed refused to completely condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings. 21% refused to condemn the Bataclan massacre, which saw 130 people murdered and a further 368 injured.
The rejection of secularism or homosexuality is much more pronounced among Muslims than in other religions.
33% of Muslim students consider it “acceptable” to “participate in violent actions for his ideas.”
20% of Muslim students agreed with the statement that ‘in today’s society, it is acceptable to stand up for your religion with weapons’.
When asked if these attitudes could be due to economic and social factors or a sense of victimisation, the researchers responded that “membership in the Muslim religion is the most predictive factor.”
Left-wing rag, Le Monde, slammed the researchers for ‘opening Pandora’s box’.
Sometimes the truth hurts…