Anxiety Increases Over Islamic Extremists After Murder of Dutch Filmmaker

November 24, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On November 24, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Hard-line Islamists...have become the b�te noire for Britons who question whether the growing ranks of Muslims here want to integrate more fully into society. This anxiety, felt throughout Europe, has intensified after weeks of headlines played up the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by an Islamic extremist.

It's an anxiety felt acutely by Britain's 1.8 million Muslims. They are one of the country's fastest-growing, poorest, and least educated minorities. But many are struggling to repair a reputation tattered by home-grown radicals...and find a place in mainstream society. And despite setbacks to their image, they are making progress."