Friday, September 27, 2019
Study: 70% of Austrians Say Islam Not Compatible with the West
A new study from the University of Salzburg has shown 70% of Austrians feel Islam is simply not compatible with the Western world. The study, that involved 1,200 participants, found that Austrians were very concerned about the effect of Islam in their country, with 72% going as far as to say Muslims weren't a cultural asset for Austria, Kronen Zeitung reports.
Half of those who took part in the study said that they'd be fine with restricting Muslims’ ability to practise their faith and nearly as many said that mosques shouldn't be tolerated in Austria at all. A 3rd say they oppose Muslims outright.
Another 59% said that there were fearful of Muslims in Austria being terrorists and 79% agreed that Muslim communities in the country should be closely watched by authorities.
In August, the Austrian Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BVT), the country’s domestic intelligence agency, said that radical Islamic terrorism's still the #1 threat facing the country.
The BVT singled out returning Islamic State fighters from the Middle East as a danger due to possible combat experience they may have acquired. Sociologist Wolfgang Aschauer, the author of the study, complained people were overlooking "the complexity of Islam", that he felt was "under-emphasised" and claimed that that the majority of Muslims in Austria were seeking to adapt to Austrian culture.
Ümit Vural, president of the Islamic Religious Community, also commented on the results of the study, saying, "We're part of the whole and we want to be perceived that way. Religious freedom's a fundamental right and a human right," and blaming political decisions for the attitudes. The study comes just over a year since another poll showed 84% of Austrians stated they wouldn't tolerate migrants who refused to integrate.
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