Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Interesting Poll

As we have all seen, many European countries such as the United Kingdom seem to be in a mad rush to become Islamic states. The Financial Times did an interesting poll though that shows that the people of these countries may not be on the same page as their governments.

Five European states back burka ban

More than half of voters in four other major European states back a push by France’s Nicolas Sarkozy to ban women from wearing the burka, according to an opinion poll for the Financial Times.

As Mr Sarkozy presses ahead with plans to ban the wearing of the burka in public places, the FT’s latest Harris poll shows the move is not just strongly supported in France, but wins enthusiastic backing in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany.

The poll shows some 70 per cent of respondents in France said they supported plans to forbid the wearing of the garment which covers the female body from head to toe. There was similar sentiment in Spain and Italy, where 65 per cent and 63 per cent respectively favoured a ban

The strength of feeling in the UK and Germany may seem particularly surprising. Britain has a strong liberal tradition that respects an individual’s right to full expression of religious views. But here, some 57 per cent of people still favoured a ban. In Germany, which is also reluctant to clamp down in minority rights, some 50 per cent favoured a ban.
In Europe, while opposition to the burka was strong, few respondents said they were prepared to support the ban as part of a wider drive towards secularism in their country.

Asked if they would support the burka ban if it were accompanied by a clampdown on wearing all religious icons such as the Christian crucifix and the Jewish cappel, only 22 per cent of French people said they supported such a move. In Britain, just 9 per cent of people said they would back such a move.

Notice especially that this sentiment is not an anti-religious stance but instead a push back against a symbol of Islam.

Finally, some of my readers have spent time in Europe, maybe they can ask a question for me. I notice the article calls the countries "states". This is not the first time I have heard this term used and do not seem to remember that the countries of Europe were always called states instead of countries. Is this a correct term to use or is this a move towards consolidation under the European Union? Just curious.


Miss T.C. Shore said...

I'm not sure the move is as much anti-religous or anti-islam as it is "pro-women." Usually with liberals, all other freedoms will "trump" religious freedom or expression. I suspect this is a push to "protect" islamic women, more than it is a slam against Islam, itself. At least, that's how they would view it.

As to the term "state," I haven't spent any time in Europe from from what I've read and heard, the term State to denote a sovereign nation is more common there than it is here. We have a different connotation because of the way our government has "evolved."

When our constitution was written, our "states" were intended to be sovereign with a very weak federal government. My, how times change.

Anonymous said...

I think TC nailed is squarely.

Mustang sends

Ticker said...

TC, I agree.

Brooke said...

I don't know about the states thing, but I am thrilled to see that some of Europe is beginning to take a stand against Islam.

Karen Howes said...

I think this is very telling, Chuck. People don't want NO religion, they just don't want Eeslam.

LASunsett said...

I agree with TC in that there is a pro-woman approach to it.

But we cannot forget that the French are very secular these days. They have banned all religious symbols from schools, so I doubt they are targeting Islam alone.

Chuck said...

Miss, good points. Although I think France really is starting to take exception to Islam

Mustang and Ticker, agreed

Brooke, whatever the reason right?

Karen, I found it fascinating too

LA, my gut is your right but though they do have a higher yes vote on the second question of "would you support this as part of a larger ban", they still had a pretty high no

MK said...

Europeans can take whatever poll they want to take and whine against islam all they want to, but the harsh reality is that their governments don't give a damn what they think and they are for most intents and purposes not accountable to the people.

The other thing is that thanks to their lack of children, even if they have the brains to vote for politicians who will listen to them, that too will be short lived. All those muslims growing up are nearing voting age and guess which way they lean.

Chuck said...

MK, I wonder if we will see a backlash against the governments?