As much as I hate the word 'Islamophobia,' it’s increasingly proving to be rather convenient.
Anyhow, 'Islamophobia' is on the rise in Europe according to an AP report, but what the AP doesn't report, is the obvious...
Muslims across Europe are confronting a rise in "Islamophobia" ranging from violent attacks to discrimination in job and housing markets, a wide-ranging European Union report indicated Monday...Those poor immigrant Muslims, it must be hard trying to co-exist with those pesky European values like the one about earning trust. The cold reality is the collective Muslim world has reaped what they've sewn. Islamophobia is on the rise because average Muslims aren't lifting a finger against Islamic extremism that actively seeks the death of innocent Europeans and Americans.
"Muslims feel that acceptance by society is increasingly premised on 'assimilation' and the assumption that they should lose their Muslim identity," Winkler said. Since the September 11, 2001, attacks, many Muslims feel "they have been put under a general suspicion of terrorism."
Islamophobic incidents shot up 500 percent in Britain in the weeks after the July 2005 bombings of London's transit system, but decreased dramatically after authorities and religious leaders worked together to ease tensions, Winkler said.
"The key word is 'respect,'" she said. "People need to feel respected and included."