Express delete story claiming ‘half of British Muslims support ISIS’

July 8, 2015 at 8:54 am (iraq, Islam, islamism, media, Middle East, posted by JD, terror)

For the record, I’m not sure what to make of this, or how significant it is – JD.

From Political Scrapbook:

The Daily Express appear to have deleted a story suggesting that 1.5 million British Muslims support terror group Islamic State — based on polling which apparently did not ask respondents their religion or state clearly that ISIS was a terror group.

The headline for the online version was …

“Half of British Muslims ‘support ISIS’ as fears grow over influence of terror group”

… with the strapline:

“HALF of Britain’s three million Muslims could support the Islamic State terror group, a shocking new survey has revealed.”

While Scrapbook cannot locate the new polling, the 2014 ICM survey on behalf of Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya only asked a single question about ISIS — which used a formulation recently condemned precisely because it conflates the beheading enthusiasts with a legitimate nation state:

“From what you know, please, tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant otherwise known as ISIS?

While the piece is still available in search engine caches, visitors to the original link are now greeted with ‘Page Missing Mystery’:

Express vanishing ISIS support story

What is more of a mystery is how the Express can justify such a headline.


  1. Jim Denham said,

  2. Mike Killingworth said,

    If a poll asked a question: “do you believe that the full practice of Islam requires Islam to be the State religion?” I would expect far more than half of “British Muslims” to say ‘yes’. Sharia law (of some sort, not necessarily as practised in Saudi) is as integral to Islam as prayer or fasting for Ramadan.

    • Steven Johnston said,

      100% of socialists polled should say “We have looked into the principles of Islam and have rejected them, we don’t want an Islamic state here or anywhere as socialism and Islam are incompatiable”

      • John R said,

        Unfortunately, your insertion of the word “should” speaks volumes.

  3. Steven Johnston said,

    Exactly, most socialists would probably cheer at the results of this poll…as in their eyes the Islamic State is probably a stage in the transistion from capitalism to socialism.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      The strange about the left is they should know IS would wipe them out.

      • Jim Denham said,

        Back in 2001 I asked a member of Workers Power (Bernie McAdam) whether he realised that the Taliban (which they supported) would kill him given the opportunity: “Yes” he answered. I had no comeback.

  4. Steven Johnston said,

    So why do lefties support a religion that chops the hands of people (even as young as 5) that steal, have they forgotten that all property is theft!
    That stones to death adulterers, don’t they know that marriage is a bourgeoisie convention! As for the crime of apostasy, don’t they know that religion is the opiate of the masses? I’d love to know what their logical answer is to this. I mean what has praying 5 times a day achieved? Why should someone face the death penalty for missing Friday prayers? Can you build a socialist case for any of this?
    SteveH…the floor is yours, I’m will to listen if you can provide answers.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      StevieH is far gone like Bernie McAdam. But I am sure he will be preparing an excuse for Islamic slaughter. Maybe he can explain why Islam was slaughtering people long before capitalism was thought of.

      • Steven Johnston said,

        The Enlightenment?

      • caseypurvis said,

        Guide to Understanding Islam

        What does the
        Religion of Peace
        Teach About…
        Forced Conversion

        Are Muslims permitted to force others into accepting Islam?

        Summary Answer:
        Muslims are commanded to fight unbelievers until they are either dead, converted to Islam, or in a permanent state of subjugation under Muslim domination. Allowing people of other faiths to live and worship independently of Islamic rule is not an option.

        The Qur’an:
        Qur’an (8:39) – “And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do.” Translation from the Noble Quran

        Qur’an (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Suras 9 and 5 are the last “revelations” that Muhammad handed down – hence abrogating what came before, which includes the oft-quoted verse 2:256 -“Let there be no compulsion in religion…”.

        Qur’an (9:5) “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them…” Prayer and charity are among the Five Pillars of Islam, as salat and zakat. See below. Islam sanctions violence as a means of coercing religion.

        Qur’an (9:11) – (Continued from above) “But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion” T

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