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Most “White” Canadians Generally Dislike All Non-Christian Religions, Says Poll

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    Most “White” Canadians Generally Dislike All Non-Christian Religions, Says Poll

    Islam The Most Disliked Religion In Canada!

    Outside Quebec, favourable opinions of other religions vary, with Buddhism (56%) and Judaism (51%) coming second and third to Christianity, followed by Hinduism (44%) and the Sikh faith (29%), which is probably due to general mainstream media bias against the Sikh community and the overwhelming negative coverage of Sikhs in national Canadian media .

    By R. Paul Dhillon With News Files

    http://thelinkpaper.ca/?p=32542

    VANCOUVER – Most “White” Canadians generally dislike all non-Christian religions, says a new Angus Reid Global Poll, which could be a reflection of the general ignorance and their lack of interest in understanding religions other than their own.

    And while this group of Canadians don’t like other religions however they have pure distaste for one religion – Islam, which has come under heavy scrutiny following many global terrorist attacks by some of its adherents who are hell bent on using Islam’s good name to commit their heinous acts and thus abuse it’s name globally despite Islam being a faith of peace and vast majority of its adherents being peaceful and harmonious!

    Omar Khan with the Islamic Society of BC says education is key to understanding.

    “Politics of the middle east are quite predominant in the news, that helps to shape public opinion as well with violent images seen in war-torn countries and the Israel-Palestine crisis that has been ongoing for over a decade,” Khan told News 1130.

    He feels there has been a constant barrage of negative news that has shaped the opinions of Canadians for decades

    “Muslim organizations and individuals have been working really hard to try to dispel some of these myths, but from the Muslim perspective…we are overwhelmed.”

    69 per cent of those in Quebec have an unfavourable view of Islam. 54 per cent of Canadians outside Quebec feel the same way.

    Outside Quebec, favourable opinions of other religions vary, with Buddhism (56%) and Judaism (51%) coming second and third to Christianity, followed by Hinduism (44%) and the Sikh faith (29%), which is probably due to general mainstream media bias against the Sikh community and the overwhelming negative coverage of Sikhs in national Canadian media .

    Quebecers have generally lower favourable opinions of those religions: Buddhism (56%) Hinduism (39%) Judaism (35%) Sikhism (18%).

    Younger and university educated Canadians hold more favourable opinions of non-Judeo-Christian religions.

    The Angus Reid Global survey was conducted online among 2,025 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists from September 6th to 10th.

    “We put the same questions to Canadians across the country four years ago,” says Shachi Kurl, Vice President, Angus Reid Global. “Since 2009, favourable views towards all religions have dropped outside Quebec. In that province, favourable views towards Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism have climbed, but are still lower than in the rest of Canada. Only perceptions of Christianity remain unchanged.”

    Outside Quebec, people living in Atlantic Canada have more favourable opinions towards religions, while people living in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are less favourable towards religions.

    Demographics tell another story, with younger and university educated Canadian adults holding more favourable opinions of non-Judeo-Christian religions.

    The same trend emerges when Canadians were asked whether it would be acceptable or unacceptable if their children married people from non-Judeo-Christian religions. Canadian adults aged 18-34 and those with a university education were most accepting of this scenario.

    Scenarios where children were to marry a Christian partner were the only ones to garner widespread acceptance across regional, age and educational lines.

    “The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees our ability to practice the religions of our choice in Canada,” says Kurl. “However, how much we choose to educate our neighbours about our faiths may be one factor in the deep disconnect between how we perceive different religions in this country.”
     
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