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Mobiles ‘yes’, Mosques ‘no’

A digest of recent polls in The Week revealed that

52% of Britons believe the nation is deeply divided along religious lines. 46% say religious diversity has had a negative impact on the country. 55% would be troubled if a large mosque were built in their neighbourhood. Only 15% would feel the same about a church.
Manchester University social attitudes survey/ Daily Mail

Half of British children aged five to nine own a mobile phone, despite Government advice that no one under 16 should have one. 75% of children aged seven to 15 have one. The average age for a child to get his first mobile phone is eights and the average child’s bills is £10.50 a month.
PhonePay Plus/News of the World

The full article in the Daily Mail reveals that “those with no educational qualifications were twice as likely to have negative attitudes towards Muslims as university graduates.” There is a clear case here for more education to help people understand each other’s cultures.

It is sad to read of the divisions in society, and we are not leaving the next generation with a great social inheritance. Rather than say that young people should not have mobile phones until they are aged sixteen or over, maybe we should look at ways that mobiles could be used to communicate across boundaries socially, culturally and internationally.

One Response to “Mobiles ‘yes’, Mosques ‘no’”

  1. Tom says:

    How sad. It’s sadder when one considers the roots of this kind of opinion, which essentially seem to lie in ignorance, whether wilful or not. A clear case for cultural education, as you say, and also one for encouraging tourism (of the right kind) to countries where other religions dominate, in order to spread the realisation that these ‘social divisions’ are so artificial and transient.

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