The Daily Star reports today
1 IN 3 KIDS ‘TO KILL FOR ISLAM’
and goes on to say
ONE in three British Muslim students supports the idea of killing in the name of Islam.
The figures were uncovered by Wikileaks’ publication of a secret US diplomatic message.
The memo quotes a poll carried out by the Centre For Social Cohesion, which quizzed 600 Muslim students at 30 UK universities.
I looked at the Centre For social Cohesion report back in 2008, when it came out and was reported by the Daily Mail and other newspapers, so this is hardly a revelation that Wikileaks uncovered. What the Mail failed to report then, and what the Star fails to report now, is that 28% of those students, interviewed at UK universities selected because they had the most active Islamic Student Organisations, said it was acceptable to kill in the name of Islam if that religion or way of life was under attack, while 53% of Muslim students said it was never acceptable. Which puts the data into a slightly different context. Is it acceptable to kill if your religion is under attack, or if your 'way of life' is under attack? That's a slightly different question. And slightly different from the "It found 32% of them supported killing for religion" claimed by the Daily Star.
But what does that matter? What does it matter at all? The survey has done its job; the think-tank has done its job; the tabloids have done their job - and the result is a misleading picture of what young Muslim students think. Not only that, but the misleading picture appears to have been bought by diplomats, too. Mission well and truly accomplished.