UK Muslims prouder of gay rights than Christians

The following excitable headline has appeared over at Liberal Conspiracy:

UK Muslims prouder of gay rights than Christians

The title has been extrapolated from a youGov poll for Demos, funded by the Runnymead Trust.

The question posed in the survey was:

Are you proud of how Britain treats gay people?

Here are the results:

46.8% of Muslims agreed – 34% neither here nor there – 19.1% disagreed.

vs

38.3% of Presbyterians agreed – 43.2% neither here nor there – 18.5% disagreed.

45% of Roman Catholics agreed – 43% neither here nor there – 12.1% disagreed.

46.5% of Church of England agreed – 41.8% neither here nor there – 11.7% disagreed.

The first observation to make is that the statistics that gave birth to this breathless headline, are only marginally different from one another, and are based on those that agreed with the statement.

The second observation revolves around the question itself.

Are you proud of how Britain treats gay people?

It strikes me that if I view our society as one that continues to discriminate against the gay community – as many of the gay websites seem to indicate – and am happy with this, then I will answer the question in the affirmative.

If, on the other hand, I view our society as making strides towards gay rights and equality, and am happy with this, then I will answer the question in the affirmative.

If I feel that the gay community has won too many rights and equalities, then I will disagree.

If I feel that the gay community has not won enough rights and equalities, then I will disagree.

Does this not render the answer to this question as irrelevant nonsense?

UPDATE: Liberal Conspiracy have now changed their misleading headline to:

UK Muslims prouder of gay rights than others

ANOTHER UPDATE: Sunny Hundal just Tweeted me this lame excuse:

I only changed the headline because it otherwise went on to 3 lines

Yeah right.

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2 Responses to “UK Muslims prouder of gay rights than Christians”

  1. Pam Smith Says:

    You’re spot on with your analysis of the ‘are you happy…’ question.

    This is a good illustration of why statistics should never be taken out of context. Whenever I see a headline like that, I want to know where the stats came from, what question was asked and what the population surveyed was.

    Unfortunately Christian organisations are just as capable of drawing conclusions from data that has been collected in such a way as to render the results meaningless.

  2. Goy Says:

    You have to understand islams ambiguous codes to extrapolate the truth behind this statistic, that truth is dangerously far removed from the Western ultraliberal mindset of gay rights and equalities.

    Not only irrelevant nonsense but a dangerous distortion and manipulation of the subject.

    Demos LOL

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