Islamophobia is our fault

New Zealanders, whether they are liberal or conservative, show both increased anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims if they are more avid news consumers, the study which appears in international science journal PLOS ONE says.

The research is based on responses from 16,584 New Zealanders from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, a 20-year longitudinal study.

New Zealand is a good test for speculation about media-induced Muslim prejudice because of anything tolerant Kiwis might tend to reject intolerant stereotypes, reducing the effect of the media.

“However we find that the association of prejudice towards Muslims with more media exposure holds across the political spectrum, and is specific to Muslims,” University of Otago lecturer Dr John Shaver, the article’s lead author, says.

“This indicates that it is widespread representations of Muslims in the news that is contributing to lower Muslim acceptance, rather than any partisan media bias. The media, regardless of politics, tend to publish violent stories because violence sells.”

Professor Joseph Bulbulia of Victoria University of Wellington, also a co-author, notes: “Sadly, there may be real-world consequences for Muslims in this country, people who encounter prejudice across their daily routines, at the workplace, and in their children’s schools.”

Despite the study’s bleak message, the authors remain optimistic.

“Though un-making prejudice is difficult, we hope these results challenge the media to present fairer representations of Muslims.”

It’s very simple really.  If the Muslim considers Sharia Law to be a better version of living a life and they are  just enduring our ways until such a time that they can welcome Sharia as their main system, then I don’t want them to be citizens, residents, neighbours or even visitors.

Sharia is incompatible with the lives of non-Muslims.   Allowing a Sharia-wanting population to build among us is a slow train wreck that can take generations to manifest.

All we have to do is look at Europe where the first real casualties of the crash are happening.

 

– NZN via Yahoo! News


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