UK: Up to 100,000 converts to Islam (Islam in Europe)
The number of Britons converting to Islam has doubled in 10 years. Why?
Jerome Taylor and Sarah Morrison investigate (The Independent)
“Despite the often negative portrayal of Islam, thousands of Britons are adopting the religion every year.”
Estimating the number of converts living in Britain has always been difficult because census data does not differentiate between whether a religious person has adopted a new faith or was born into it. Previous estimates have placed the number of Muslim converts in the UK at between 14,000 and 25,000.
ï»¿But a new study by the inter-faith think-tank Faith Matters suggests the real figure could be as high as 100,000, with as many as 5,000 new conversions nationwide each year. Â (The Independent)
61 percent of French and 67 percent of Germans see Muslims as refusing to integrate. 18 percent of those in France and 15 percent in Germany blamed the Muslims’ lack of integration on “racism and lack of openness by certain French and German people.” But even though that is only a minority of respondents, that is the interpretation that the mainstream media will retail: that these results demonstrate a wave of “Islamophobia” that has nothing to do with the threats, arrogance, and supremacism of the Muslims among them, and everything to do with the alleged racism and xenophobia of French and German people.