Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fake News on Daily Telegraph about Muslim support for Sharia

Today when I was researching about "Muslim support for Sharia law in the United Kindom", I bumped into a article by Daily Telegraph with the title: "Poll reveals 40pc of Muslims want sharia law in UK". It says:

Four out of 10 British Muslims want sharia law introduced into parts of the country, a survey reveals today. 
The ICM opinion poll also indicates that a fifth have sympathy with the "feelings and motives" of the suicide bombers who attacked London last July 7, killing 52 people, although 99 percent thought the bombers were wrong to carry out the atrocity.

 The first sentence of the report is a gross misrepresentation of the original survey. The report refers to this survey by ICM that asked the specific question, "Would you support or oppose there being areas of Britain which are pre-dominantly Muslim and in which Sharia Law is introduced?"

40% Muslims said they would support this. The question specifically asked if they "would support" the introduction of Sharia not whether they want it. Only the government of the UK can introduce Sharia to pre-dominantly Muslim areas of Britain. So, if the British government does that and implements Sharia in those areas then 40% of Muslims would support it, this is what it means.

But the Islamophobic reporter (spreading bigotry against Muslims is by definition Islamophobic) deliberately misinterpreted the report to create a negative image of Muslims. This report is reposted in many racist websites such as stromfront.org and amren.com.

According to Southern Poverty Law Center, stromfront is a white nationalist site.

Created by former Alabama Klan boss and long-time white supremacist Don Black in 1995, Stormfront was the first major hate site on the Internet. Claiming more than 300,000 registered members as of May 2015 (though far fewer remain active), the site has been a very popular online forum for white nationalists and other racial extremists.

Amren.com is also a site promoting hate according to SPLC.

Founded by Jared Taylor in 1990, the New Century Foundation is a self-styled think tank that promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites. It is best known for its American Renaissance magazine and website.

The claim in the second sentence that 20% of Muslims have sympathy with the "feelings and motives" of the suicide bombers is also deceptive. The survey shows 8% of Muslims have a lot and 12% have a little sympathy for the motives of the attackers. The report didn't specify that.

And the claim that "although 99 percent thought the bombers were wrong to carry out the atrocity" is totally false. 96% of Muslims not 99% said the attack was wrong. 3% said they don't know. Here's an excerpt from the survey:

For Muslims to have bombed London on 7/7 and 21/7
Right1%
Wrong96%
Refuse/Don't know3%