Survey: 1 in 8 Muslims in UK “prepared to fight the West”

29 January 2007: Forty percent of Muslims between the ages 16-24 living in Great Britain hold strong anti-Western views, according to a just released report titled Living Together Apart: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism, issued by the UK-based think tank Policy Exchange. According to the report, this emerging generation would prefer to live under Sharia law in Great Britain, which is a purely Islamic legal system based on the teachings of the Qu’ran. A “significant minority” expressed support for Islamic terrorism; one in eight young Muslims admitted their admiration for terrorist groups like al Qaeda and said they “are prepared to fight the West.”

The Policy Exchange report also notes the growing adherence to Islamic orthodox beliefs, with 36 percent of those surveyed saying they believe that a Muslim who converts from Islam to any other religion should be “punished by death.”