Muslims in Canada are becoming more observant -- they attend mosque more frequently and more women are now wearing face veils and headscarves than a decade ago. They're also big-time Liberal voters and optimistic about the new government.
These are some of the interesting results from the Environics Institute's updated study on Muslims in Canada released Wednesday. The phone survey conducted between November and January asked 600 Muslim adults across the country their views on a variety of religious and social questions, updating a similar study done in 2006. Muslim leaders and scholars participated in the development of the survey.
"Religious observance among Muslims has strengthened over the past decade," the report notes. "An increasing number are attending mosques for prayers on a regular basis (at least once a week) and (among women) are wearing the hijab."
This religious devotion is strongest among the younger cohorts. Those aged 18 to 34 are the most observant. "Compared with older Muslims," the report explains, "they identify primarily as Muslim rather than as Canadian, and express a slightly weaker sense of belonging to the country."
While only 5% of immigrants say their attachment to Islam weakened since arriving, 41% say it's strengthened.
They're also less tolerant of liberal values, as the study explains: "Muslims are more likely than other Canadians to value patriarchy ('the father must be the master in the home') and to reject homosexuality...I hate to mix a metaphor, but in the pecking order of victim groups, you can always count on the squeakiest wheel prevailing.
In other words, in our much-vaunted "human rights" Trudeaupia, Muslims trump gays 9 times out of 10.
Update: Dear Environics--this is what more Muslims in Canada means--a bigger, louder, angrier Al Quds Day: