Muslim “A Dangerous Religion”

European headlines used the phrase “dangerous religion” to describe results from a 2008 study across 21 European countries that found an “overwhelming majority” of people believe immigration from predominantly Muslim countries poses a threat to Europeans’ traditional way of life. A recent survey by LifeWay Research — of more than 1,000 Protestant pastors — asked if they agreed with the statement, “I believe Islam is a dangerous religion.” While opinions varied widely, based on factors such as denominational affiliation and political ideology, the survey found that 45 percent strongly agreed with the statement and 21 percent agreed somewhat. “It’s important to note,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, “our survey asked whether pastors viewed Islam as ‘dangerous,’ but that does not necessarily mean ‘violent.’ ‘Dangerous’ can be defined in a variety of ways, including from the perspective of spiritual influence. Regardless of the definition, the numbers tell us that Protestant pastors are concerned.” []

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