New Europe Survey Finds 44% Of Muslims Believe In Islamic Fundamentalism

Jonah Bennett | National Security/Politics Reporter

A new survey conducted by the thinktank European Values found 44 percent of Muslims in Europe have beliefs that correspond to radical Islamic fundamentalism, further shedding doubt on the prospect of migrant integration.

Researchers from European Values, based in the Czech Republic, defined Islamic fundamentalism as a belief in returning to the roots of Islam, coupled with an adherence to a strict interpretation of the Quran. Fundamentalists also believe values espoused in the Quran take precedence over norms and laws of European countries. According to the data, only 4 percent of Christians in Europe are fundamentalist Christians.

The survey discovered 57 percent of Muslims reject homosexuals as friends, 45 percent said they don’t trust the Jews and 54 percent think of the West as an enemy of Islam.

Among fundamentalist Muslims, 72 percent of respondents said they would use violence to defend Islam. Among regular Muslims, that number amounted to 35 percent.

An incredibly large number of Muslims want Islamic Sharia law to dominate over local laws. For instance, 72 percent of Muslims in France want to see Sharia as the main or only source of law in the country. That figure remains astonishingly high in the United Kingdom at 69 percent.

But in Germany, the number of Muslims who want Sharia supremacy is only 13 percent. Others German Muslims, at 44 percent, think Sharia is just a good moral guide.

The results prompted a strong reaction from Radko Hokovský, executive director of European Values, who said Islamic fundamentalists are determined to apply their religion in a way that could potentially destroy personal freedom. He warned the Czech Republic should learn from the disaster that is Western Europe.

“The Czech Republic should not repeat the mistakes made by some Western countries with strong Muslim communities,” Hokovský said. “Liberal democracy must be able to defend itself.”

Integration of Muslim migrants is one of the central issues facing the European Union today. Problems stemming from a flood of migrants into various European countries have threatened the EU’s continued existence and spurred the rise of far-right political parties. These parties are convinced their concerns are being totally ignored and swept under the rug in favor of bringing in more migrants, regardless of cultural consequences and an increase in crime and sexual assault.

In response to the flood of migrants with foreign values, a majority of Germans, 60 percent, think that Islam does not belong in Germany.

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