Challenging misinformation about Muslims and lazy caricatures of Islam

“There is a lot of misinformation about the British Muslim community. In 2009 the Gallup Coexist Index found that only 36% of the British public thought that British Muslims were ‘loyal to this country’ as opposed to 82% of the British Muslim community. The surprise at the findings of Muslim pride in Britain is rooted in a prejudice that leads people to believe that it is paradoxical for someone to hold both their religious and national identities as important. Lazy caricatures of Islam as contradicting many of the rights and values that are seen as quintessentially British – particularly freedom and democracy – only exacerbate this problem.”

Mark Greer at Comment is Free, 23 November 2011

See also “Media report on Proud British Muslims”, ENGAGE, 22 November 2011