Monday, September 14, 2009

It's Cognitive Dissonance Time Again ...

Picked Politics :

The SIOE and EDL people haven’t sprang up as a direct result of terrorism, otherwise they’d have started in July 2005. They’ve become more prominent recently because the rhetoric around Muslims taking over, the “demographic problem of Muslims”, the growing number of mosques etc has become fever-pitch, especially in the mainstream media. The kind of people who now daily scream about how many kids have Muslim names or how their babies are swelling in numbers are to blame for this hysteria.

Islam Online Factbox :

- Islam is the second religion in the UK with about 2.5 million Muslims
- The Muslim population of the UK has grown 30-fold since the beginning of the 1980s
- the name Mohammed is the second most common name in England and Wales and by far the most popular name in both London and the West Midlands.

I've got no idea if the above stats are correct - although I write about demography a lot, the ONS don't split the figures by religion - or ethnicity, except on rare occasions. But as we can see, it's not just the Mail and Telegraph who big up the Muslim numbers.

UPDATE - to be fair, having read Sunny's post on events at Harrow it may be that he includes the Islam Online people in his bestiary of "daily screamers".