From the Guardian: After press magnate Rupert Murdoch tweeted his opinion that all Muslims should feel themselves responsible for the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, J.K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, responded.
Rowling went on to say,
Although neither is American, their exchange may illustrate divisions in western opinion reported by the Public Religion Research Institute over what constitutes religious violence, and what motivates extremists and terrorism. In the wake of the Paris attacks, the Institute has re-published a graphic from 2011 research which illustrates the difference in motivations attributed to those committing atrocities in the name of Christianity and of Islam.
The article accompanying the graphic suggests that
Americans have a double standard when evaluating violence committed by self-identified Christians and Muslims. More than 8-in-10 (83 percent) Americans say that self-proclaimed Christians who commit acts of violence in the name of Christianity are not really Christians. In contrast, less than half (48 percent) of Americans say that self-proclaimed Muslims who commit acts of violence in the name of Islam are not really Muslims.
The original research can be found here.
Posted by Rosalind Hughes