And the breakdown of the Muhammed violence question:
Asked if acts of violence against those who publish images of the Prophet Muhammad can “never be justified”, 68% agreed that such violence was never justifiable.
But 24% disagreed with the statement, while the rest replied “don’t know” or refused to answer.
The response to the final question, about Muslim clerics who preach violence, should give pause to those who decry critics of extremism as “Islamophobes”, and who assert that extremist jihadist Islam is not a “true” version of the faith. While 49% of British Muslims say that their clerics who preach anti-Western violence are out of touch with mainstream Muslim opinion, almost as many—45%—say those clerics are not out of touch. If nearly half of British Muslims see calls for such violence as a part of “mainstream Muslim opinion,” even if the respondents don’t agree with violence, who are Glenn Greenwald, Reza Aslan, and Karen Armstrong to say that violence against the West is “not true Islam”?
Below is the BBC’s headline for the story, which of course is technically true, but what about the 27% of British Muslims who have sympathy for the “motivations behind” the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the 24% who claim that sometimes violence against those who publish images of Muhammed is justifiable. Isn’t that bigger news?
Ah, the Beeb: ever soft on Islam.