This kind of rubbish annoys me. Yesterday the Guardian reported on a poll on British Muslims:
The study for the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) also found that 63% of people surveyed did not disagree with the statement “Muslims are terrorists” and 94% agreed that “Islam oppresses women”. It included qualitative as well as quantitative data. One respondent said: “If I had my way I’d kick them all [Muslims] out of here.”
Sounds scary right? Has Daily Mail / BNP propaganda taken over? Not exactly.
George Readings from the Quilliam Foundation points out that the iERA itself is fronted by some dodgy people.
Neither Sky nor the Guardian noticed, for example, that the home secretary has banned two of the eight advisors listed on iEra’s website (Zakir Naik and Bilal Philips) from the UK; Naik has been quoted as calling Americans “pigs” and saying that “every Muslim should be a terrorist” whilst Philips has advocated stoning people to death and public lashings, but “only [...] on Fridays”.
The Guardian quotes someone called Hamza Tzortzis who has previously said: “We as Muslims reject the idea of freedom of speech, and even of freedom.”
Frankly, if this is the guy charged with helping Muslims improve their image, they really are in trouble.
But actually it’s worse than that, because the Guardian also misrepresents the poll results.
I took a screenshot from the actual data.
You’ll notice that more people disagreed with the view that “Muslims are terrorists” than agreed, while 39% were neutral. The Guardian report lumps the agreed with the neutral to say “63% of people surveyed did not disagree…” which may be strictly true but misrepresents the stats.
The story also says 94% agreed that “Islam oppresses women” but as you can see above that’s actually untrue.
Either the reporter agreed with this Academy’s agenda or went along with the press release without checking. Either way it’s very dishonest.
I’m actually surprised that the number of people who are neutral about Sharia is so high.
It comes as no shock that a HuT sympathiser would spin such a line – their aim is to increase bunker mentality among Muslims. But it’s more annoying the Guardian’s Haroon Siddique fell for their line.
Yes there is plenty of Islamophobia in the press. But trying to exaggerate it, especially to serve the cause of such groups, doesn’t do the Guardian or ordinary British Muslims any credit.
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