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Tolerance?

**Author: Mandeep–Originally posted on Mourningbell.com*

Of 1,002 Canadians polled:

  • 72% have a “generally favourable opinion” of Christianity
  • 57% have a “generally favourable opinion” of Buddhism
  • 53% have a “generally favourable opinion” of Judaism
  • 30% have a “generally favourable opinion” of Sikhism
  • 28% have a “generally favourable opinion” of Islam

I’ve always had reservations about Canada describing itself as “multicultural” and while I won’t overstate any implications here based on a single survey, this is bit disturbing.

Prejudice is always easier than taking the time to learn and discover a personal set of truths and perceptions – and there’s a bullshit number in this survey that reaffirms that for me.  Apparently, one-third of Canadians claim to have a “good basic understanding of Islam.”  That number’s far too high.

I suspect the number’s based on the media and cultural references of the last decade with respect to Islam (see: “War on Terror”) and not because anyone actually took the time to talk to any Muslims or, I dunno, pick up a relevant book or two on the topic.

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  1. Morty
    May 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Is there a link to this article kicking around?

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