Friday, May 31, 2013

Internet Makes Muslims More Open to the West

The more Muslims use the internet, the more they say that Muslims and Christians have a lot in common.  That, among other things, is what the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found out in a survey of Muslims in 39 countries.  For example, 42% of  Muslims internet users in Kyrgyzstan saw commonality with Christians while 29% of non users did not.

The same seems to true for Muslim attitudes toward western culture like movies and music. "In nearly every country where analysis is possible," the Pew Center reports, "Muslim internet users are more likely to say they enjoy Western movies, music and television."

Politicians have been telling us for years that open internet access in closed countries like Korea and even China might open them up in a similar way that the internet seems to be opening the Muslim communities to Western culture.

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