Friday, July 12, 2019

Germany: Half of all Germans “perceive Islam as a threat”

The Bertelsmann Foundation released a study on Thursday revealing that every second German feels threatened by Islam. Dr. Yasemin El-Menouar, an Islam expert with Bertelsmann, wrote "Overall, about half of the respondents perceive Islam as a threat. In East Germany, this proportion's even higher at 57% than in West Germany [50%]."
The new study surveyed 1,000 people. It was conducted by the foundation’s Religion Monitor department and the data was collected in the Spring of 2019. Only a 3rd of those surveyed said Islam enriches German society. In contrast, a majority of Germans say Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism serve to enrich Germany.
El-Menouar suspects that the negative result for Islam's influenced by the perception that Islam's more of a political ideology and less of a religion. However, the study also noted that "Only a minority of citizens show a clearly anti-Islamic view and demand, for example, to prevent the immigration of Muslims."
According to El-Menouar, "Although our study shows a widespread skepticism of Islam, but that's not necessarily synonymous with hostility toward [Muslims]. Many people have reservations about Islam, but that doesn't lead to political demands or anti-democratic views."

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