Poll Shows 40% On U.K. University Campuses Want Islamic Law To Rule
According to a poll cited by classified U.S. diplomatic cables, 32 percent of Muslims on U.K. campuses believe killing in the name of religion is justified, while 40 percent want Muslims in the U.K. to be under Islamic law, or Shariah.
By Aaron Klein
12/16/2010 (WND)-The Obama administration directed embassy employees in the U.K. to conduct outreach to help “empower” the British Muslim community, according to a classified U.S. diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks and reviewed by WND.
A separate cable summarized statistics showing a rise in the British Muslim population and increased radicalization there. The cable referenced a poll that showed 32 percent of Muslims on U.K. campuses believe killing in the name of religion is justified, while 40 percent want Muslims in the U.K. to be under Islamic law, or Shariah.
A cable dated Feb. 5 directed as a “top priority” for the U.S. embassy in Britain to conduct outreach to the Muslim community there.
“Although people of Muslim faith make up only 3 to 4 percent of the U.K.’s population, outreach to this key audience is vital to U.S. foreign policy interests in the U.K. and beyond. … This is a top Mission priority,” stated the cable.
The cable summarized a plan involving “engagement and community capacity-building” to counter “violent extremism.”
“Increasing Muslim communities, understanding of U.S. foreign policy in Muslim countries and counter-terrorism objectives; countering the view that the West is at war with Islam.”
The cable went on to commend the American ambassador to the U.K., Louis Susman, for making Muslim engagement a top priority.
Meanwhile, a separate cable, dated Jan. 6, 2009, relates troubling statistics for British Muslims, including a growth of that community to over 2 million.
Among the statistics cited:
- Unemployment rates were higher for Muslims than any other religion, for both men and women.
- Muslims were most likely to be unavailable or not actively seeking work due to reasons such as disability, being a student, or looking after the family and home.
- Muslims had the highest rates of disability, with 24 percent of females and 21 percent of males claiming a disability.