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The Gallup Coexist Index 2009 - Odyssee - 10-30-2009

<i>The Gallup Coexist Index 2009 A Global Study of Interfaith Relations</i> offers insight into the state of relations between people of different religions around the world. Created in partnership with the Coexist Foundation, it marks Gallup's first report of public perceptions concerning people of different faiths. In addition, the report provides an in-depth analysis of attitudes regarding integration among Muslims and the general public in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

"The poll findings show the vast majority of European Muslims surveyed reject violence. For instance,while 1% of the German public said that violence in which civilians are the target was completely justified, less than 1% of Berlin Muslims said the same. Gallup also found that religiosity (defined as religion being an important part of daily life) is not a reliable indicator of radicalism. Respondents who say religion is important to them are just as likely as those who say religion is not important to report that attacks on civilians cannot be morally justified."

"Integration is a complex, multi-dimensional process that occurs at a different pace for each individual. In Europe, there is already much common ground on which to base serious conversations about the integration of ethnic and religious minorities. European Muslims accept democratic institutions, justice, and human rights as the building blocks of their societies. However, while concerns about finding a job, feeding one’s family, and having access to good schools and good healthcare services are challenges that all European residents and citizens face, these issues are even more daunting for minorities. As the poll findings suggest, the economic marginalization of some European Muslims may have an impact on their well-being. This, in turn, creates psychological barriers that prevent them from becoming active members of their communities. As a result, the integration debate has to widen its frame, moving beyond the confines of security and religion, and focus more on the socioeconomic struggles of citizens of all faiths and no faith."

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