Majorities in Europe, North America worried about Islamic extremism

Even before this week’s terrorist bombing at a pop concert in Manchester, England, people across Europe and in the U.S. and Canada had pervasive concerns about the threat of extremism in their countries. Across 12 countries surveyed from February through April by Pew Research Center, majorities said they were at least somewhat concerned about extremism in the name of Islam in their countries, including 79% who said this in the UK itself. And across the 10 EU countries surveyed, a median of 79% were concerned about Islamic extremism, while only 21% were not concerned.

  • deplorabledave

    Amazingly, they’re more worried about being labelled a bigot than they are about their children being shredded by a nail bomb.

    • Waffle

      So are we, in Canada, if my neighbour is any kind of reliable barometer.

      I think it so sad and utterly pathetic that the people of Manchester could only sing the words to a trite pop song, but I guess that in our worldly 21st secularity, a psalm or a hymn would be utterly out of the question. So effing sad . . .

      • Exile1981

        A co worker a month or so ago was planning on reporting her childs doctor because they told her that the scarlet fever running through some Calgary schools had come in with a refugee family.

        • Blacksmith

          This kind of ignorance kills people, unfortunately often innocent people.

          • Exile1981

            She figured somehow that him telling her the truth was some form of racism or islamophabia.

            I tried to explain that the truth should never be a criminal act…. but evidently that was too difficult of a concept.

          • Blacksmith

            They have no need for the truth, they have their NARRATIVE!

        • Oracle9

          Really disgusting. Polio and TB are real hellish diseases, both of which are potential consequences from our Liberals’ suicidal policies.

  • Oracle9

    Noteworthy is that Canada’s stats in the article, both graphs, closely resemble those of Sweden.

    • Watchman

      Canada should have a ceremony every year on Canada Day. This year they can have a semi-religious diorama in the lead up to this date called The Naïvety Scene (cf. Christmas Nativity Scene) with baby Justin Trudeau surrounded by sheep, attended to by three Unwise Persons of of Non-binary Gender: Wynne, Suzuki, and McKenna. Their gifts are, respectively, a huge Hydro bill, a Carbon Tax, and a can of Saudi Oil, Recordings of Justin’s Words of Wisdom will be played over the scene including famous quote such as, “The budget will balance itself”, “We’re not at war with ISIS”, “If you kill your enemies they win” and “We have to rethink things as basic as space and time”.

      • Clink9

        And the 2018 version will have his cabinet in the audience smoking pot legally. Duuuuude!

    • David Murrell

      Note that Sweden, with its high Muslim crime rates, not that many are concerned with Islamic extremism. Sheesh.

      • Blacksmith

        There are some truly ignorant people in the world.

  • Liberal Progressive

    Clearly the government and media aren’t doing their jobs to convince us that the real threat we all need to be worrying about is the alt-right!

  • Watchman

    What I learnt from the graphic above: “Swedes are slow learners”.

    It’s not the Muslim Extremism that Western Civilization really needs to worry about, it’s the Muslim Normal that will ultimately be the downfall of the West. Demographics is Destiny, and the muslim population growth far outstrips native birthrates is almost all western countries.

  • Blacksmith

    To me those percentages are amazingly low, there are still a lot of ignorant people out there.

  • Bataviawillem

    Look at that, Canada nicely in line with Sweden.