SMALL PERCENTAGE, BIG NUMBER

The good news: only 13% of Germany’s ethnic Turks are “religious fundamentalists”. The bad: that’s 351,00 Germans.

Also, of those surveyed – out of a population of 2.7 million German Turks – 47 percent of the respondents said that “following the tenets of my religion is more important to me than the laws of the land in which I live.”

Meanwhile, in Britain:

Ofsted inspectors have criticised an Islamic independent school, where they found leaflets which claimed music and dancing were “acts of the devil”.

Inspectors made an unannounced visit to the Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham after having previously rated the school as “inadequate”.

Inspectors said pupils were not being protected from “extreme views”.

“Were not being protected protected from” = being taught.

Update: Helpful advice for gay Muslims:

Get away from toxic influences. This one can often be the most difficult. Typically, toxic influences include major players in our lives, such as family, religion, and friends.

If your religion is not accepting, consider leaving the church even for a time, or find a new church. If you refuse to leave, educate yourself. Refine your arguments. Learn about whether or not your religion truly teaches the immorality of gays, or if it is the interpretation of your religious leader. However, if your religious doctrine is perpetually in conflict with your identity, you may find the commitment more damaging than rewarding.

More damaging than the death penalty?

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