STATISTICS & ISLAM: LESSONS FOR THE WEST?
15th April 2020
Credit for information and statistics to Dr Peter Hammond
No ideology has caused more controversy than Islam in the 21st Century.
Many Muslims, and people on the left relentlessly tell us that Muslims are victimised and treated unfairly by society. Many other people see stories about grooming gangs, terrorism and horrendous acts such as FGM, unstunned slaughter of animals or “Honour Crime” and feel concerns are shut down by activist groups, more concerned about negative press.
It is inarguable that Sikhs, Hindus, the black community etc do not find themselves in this position, so clearly racism isn’t to blame for the concerns raised. Islam is of course a religion, but also a political system, and has no relationship to skin colour, a fact deliberately overlooked by so many.
Anyone can be a muslim. In any country and of any race or skin colour.
So why is Islam such a hot topic in the West in recent years, dovetailing with the rising muslim population?
AltNewsMedia decided to take all the emotion out of the situation and simply look at data from around the world, and establish if it is valid for people to have concerns. We wish to credit Dr Peter Hammond here for statistical data. Logically and scientifically, we must look at existing data to draw conclusions rather than anecdotal stories. So what does recent history and geography tell us when it comes to Islam?
In countries where the Muslim population is 5% or under, there isn’t too much tension. Muslims are generally seen as peace loving in the communities and good contributors to society, and there is little call for changes to existing rules in host countries. For example:
Canada, Italy, Norway, United States, Australia, Denmark, Thailand
As the percentage of population grows to 5% and above, changes in that country start to happen. From 5% there is a disproportionate influence based on the proportion of the population. Author Dr. Peter Hammond notes. “For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food” and increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature such food on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. This is happening in:
France, Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom. Pressure also increases to allow Sharia Law in communities. In France, a leading academic has recently called for the state to allow sharia within Muslim communities to reduce the rioting and violence.
Up at the 10% mark, complaints about conditions increase. Lawlessness in communities rises and car burnings and so on are a means of expressing the demand for better treatment – as seen recently in Paris. Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam, with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Politicians are pressured to sign up to ‘special treatment’ for Muslims as we have seen in the UK with the self appointed (and unpopular) Muslim Council of Britain and their ’10 point plan on Islamophobia’. Labour candidates for leadership all signed up to the plan, as have some other minor parties.
These tensions are seen on a regular basis in:
India, Guyana, Russia, Israel, Kenya – all with a >10% Muslim population.
Countries approaching 20% and above see increased hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues. For example Ethiopia, with a muslim population of around 35%.
Chad, Bosnia, Nigeria and Lebanon
From 60% upwards, the persecution of ‘infidels’ (non-believers) rises, and even ethnic cleansing with the use of Sharia as justification. In some countries even a disguised Jizya (a tax placed on non-muslims) has been placed, and this can be seen in:
Malaysia, Albania, Qatar and Sudan.
After 80%, we see daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out “infidels,” and move toward a 100% Muslim society, which has been experienced to some degree in:
Egypt, Bangladesh, Gaza, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria. Tajikistan, Turkey
A 100% Muslim society will theoretically usher in their version of peace — the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. “Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrassas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word” says Dr Hammond, such as in:
Afghanistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Somalia
This Islamic ideal is seldom realized. Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims often intimidate and persecute / kill less radical Muslims for a variety of reasons – eg homosexuality.
Dr Hammond adds “It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia law,” he states.
If we look at history and geography, it shouldn’t be controversial to raise concerns. There are very few, if any, examples of where an increasing muslim population has improved peace and harmony. Islam teaches that it is to be the final religion for the world, and it is the duty of all muslims to spread this faith.
Politicians in the West have been slow to analyse what is happening, and as more mosques are built and more muslims travel to the West through immigration, there is every right for the population of nations states to question whether this is a direction they wish for their country.
It is time we stopped the endless ‘victim’ narrative when difficult questions are asked, and this situation is looked at frankly and people can express their opinions freely. To deny that risks a rise of an actual far right. The Muslim Council of Britain and other agitators relentlessly attacking Tories for ‘Islamophobia’ pushes the dialogue underground, and as such risks a far worse backlash. The lessons of former Yugoslavia must be learnt, and learnt quickly.
As a footnote, the largest poll of UK muslims revealed that over half wish to see homosexuality become a criminal offence and over 100,000 have sympathy with Islamic terrorists. A quarter value Sharia Law over British Law and would like to see it replaced. Based purely on facts and data, what is controversial about concern with an increasing muslim population, and the potential negative effects on a free and open enlightened country such as the UK?
It is the conversation that the West urgently needs to have.