Fear or hatred against Islam or Muslims. Also refers to the exclusion of Muslims in social, economic, and public life. The perception that Islam has no values in common with other cultures. The thought that Islam is a violent political ideology and not a religion.
European Newspapers have published islamophobic cartoons. One depicted Mohammed as a killer. European television broadcasting inaccurate information about Muslims. Mostly Fundamentalist Information. Newspapers and News Stations have broadcasted Muslims as being a violent group of people.
There was still violence in Islam before 911. Violence found in incidences like the first Arab-Israeli War, and the Barbary Wars. However, Islam was not the headline of hate it is today.
After 911, fundamentalist Islam was put under the spotlight. It was there where most people learned of the fundamentalist culture, before the moderate one. This brought upon racial hate, ignorance, and fueled the fire for aggression. Unfortunately this is the incident Muslims can not seem to escape, and the start of a mass prejudice against their people.
A rise in the number of hate crimes against Muslims in London is being encouraged by mainstream politicians and sections of the media, a study written by a former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer. Graffiti on mosques. Anti-mosque protests and riots. A mosque was set on fire in Sweden.
Islamic banks in seven countries. Sharia Law Courts in England. Halal Meat sold in restaurants and stores. The hijab is outlawed in France. The headscarves are banned due to secularism.
Sweden doesn’t outlaw the hijab because it sees this as freedom of religion. There are many mosques in Europe but there have been protests against them. Minarets in Switzerland
In 2007, there were 16 million Muslims living in Europe excluding Turkey. This is 3.2% of the population. Including Turkey, there were 53 million Muslims. This in 7.2% of the population. Because of these still growing numbers, people want the Muslims to conform to the European way of life and abandon many Muslim customs.