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19% US Muslims Back Terrorism, Al Qaeda

From those tireless defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Most US Muslims feel targeted by terror policies

By HOPE YEN [sic] – Associated Press
August 30, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of Muslim-Americans in a new poll say government anti-terrorism policies single them out for increased surveillance and monitoring, and many report increased cases of name-calling, threats and harassment by airport security, law enforcement officers and others.

Still, most Muslim-Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S. and rate their communities highly as places to live.

The survey by the Pew Research Center, one of the most exhaustive ever of the country’s Muslims, finds no signs of rising alienation or anger among Muslim-Americans despite recent U.S. government concerns about homegrown Islamic terrorism and controversy over the building of mosques.

Whew! We were worried there for a moment that some of these Muslim-Americans might pack up and leave the US.

"This confirms what we’ve said all along: American Muslims are well integrated and happy, but with a kind of lingering sense of being besieged by growing anti-Muslim sentiment in our society," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Muslim civil rights group.

They are "well integrated" and "happy" but feel "besieged"?

In all, 52 percent of Muslim-Americans surveyed said their group is singled out by government for terrorist surveillance. Almost as many — 43 percent — reported they had personally experienced harassment in the past year, according to the poll released Tuesday.

That 43 percent share of people reporting harassment is up from 40 percent in 2007, the first time Pew polled Muslim-Americans.

So according to CAIR, Muslims-Americans "are well integrated and happy," and yet Pew says they feel singled out and harassed now more than ever?

Asked to identify in what ways they felt bias, about 28 percent said they had been treated or viewed with suspicion by people, while 22 percent said they were called offensive names. About 21 percent said they were singled out by airport security because they were Muslim, while another 13 percent said they were targeted by other law enforcement officials. Roughly 6 percent said they had been physically threatened or attacked

We don’t actually believe these claims. But we hope Muslims would be singled out more by airport security and other law enforcement officials. After all, while not all Muslims are terrorists, the vast majority of terrorists are Muslim. In fact, that 21% feel like they are singled out at airports seems right, if 19% of them support terrorism.

Still, one factor behind the somewhat upbeat sentiment of Muslim-Americans is the 2008 election of Obama, who pledged to improve relations with the Muslim world. Muslim-Americans who vote largely identify themselves as Democrats, and fully 76 percent of those surveyed say they approve of Obama’s job performance, compared with 15 percent in 2007 who approved of Bush’s performance.

Huh. What a shock, huh? Let’s hope they aren’t laboring under the delusion that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.

Regarding possible terror risks, about 21 percent of Muslim-Americans say there is "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of support for extremism in their communities, according to the Pew survey.

And they wonder why they are given extra scrutiny at airports and by law enforcement?

About 81 percent of Muslim-Americans separately say suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians are never justified in order to defend Islam, and growing numbers also express an unfavorable view of al-Qaida — 81 percent compared with 68 percent in 2007

So only 19% of Muslim-Americans support suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians? And only 19% support Al Qaeda?

Also, note that in 2007 a whopping 32% of Muslim-Americans supported Al Qaeda? Did we hear much about that number back then?

When asked to choose, nearly half of Muslims in the U.S. say they think of themselves first as Muslim, rather than as American. Roughly 60 percent say that most Muslims come to the U.S. to adopt the American way of life and see no conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society

What cheering numbers. Half of those polled think of themselves as Muslims first. 40% do not want to adopt the American way of life. 40% do see a conflict between being a Muslim and living here.

Muslim-Americans are more likely than Muslims in the Middle East to say a way can be found for the state of Israel to exist so that Palestinian rights are addressed

My, how tolerant of them. But again, that means 38% feel that Israel does not have the right to exist.

Still, this is good to know. With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 just days away, we have been worried sick about how happy Muslims were with the US.

It reminds us of all the polls taken of Japanese-Americans on the ten year anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “19% US Muslims Back Terrorism, Al Qaeda”

  1. Howard Roark says:

    Strange how the Pew organization (and most polling agencies) always asks these questions in a leading way, designed to evoke feelings of victimhood and disenfranchisement from the American society. That is, the same American society that not only sent brother against brother to settle the issue of racial inequity 150 years ago, but that has also changed hearts and minds like no other country in the world.

    The proof is in the millions of brown, red, yellow, and non-white races that practically break their necks and gamble their life’s fortunes just to get here.

    But we’re supposed to take these questions as gospel…

    Why not ask the “average Muslim American” how much intimidation they feel when they try to stop their cousin, nephew, or aunt from strapping on a bomb vest?

    Or how intimidated they feel when they try to stop their homeland governments from stoning women that were deemed as “dishonoring” their families?

  2. JohnMG says:

    So, according to Pew, only one in five Muslims poses a potential threat to my way of life. How reassuring.

    I’d say it’s time to start thinning the herd. Anyone familiar with the Roman concept of decimation? Where every tenth person was removed from society? I can’t stand these pukes….especially Ibrihim Hooper. Why do the press insist on confering legitimacy on that avowed anti-Semitic, terrorist-supporting radical. He’d be the first ‘number ten’ on my list. He and the others would be given a free airplane ride back to the mid-East, and dropped off……….from about 37,000 feet. Bon voyage, you camel-humpin’ vermin.

  3. Petronius says:

    “nearly half of Muslims in the U.S. say they think of themselves first as Muslim, rather than as American.”

    Then why do they come here? And why do we let them in?

    You would think that after 13 centuries of experience with Islam we would have learned something by now.

    But no, we seem to have swallowed the Liberal Death Wish hook, line, and sinker.

    Islam particularly in its fundamentalist form regards women as inferior beings and unbelievers as subhumans who are fit only for subjugation.

    For ideological reasons, peace with the Islamic world is unattainable. Given the doctrine of jihad (holy war), no lasting peace can be achieved with them except by surrender. And since surrender to Muslims normally results in death, torture, or at best enslavement, it is better to fight them to the death. The Crusaders learned this the hard way.

  4. proreason says:

    I wish they would poll obamy on the sly.

    Of course, that is probably impossible. Could they poll instead, Rev Wright, Farrakam, Bill Ayers, Van Jones, Cass Susteen, Father Pfleger, Lawrence Tribe, Tony Rezko, Emil Jones, Andy Stern, Richard Trumka, Kevin Jennings, Mark Lloyd, Alice Palmer, Rashid Khalidi

    and the dozens of others who haven’t yet been revealed.

    • Right of the People says:

      Poll them while they are under the influence of sodium penathol or some other “Truth” serum since they all are accomplished liars.

      Gee I feel so bad that our Mooselimb fellow citizens feel persecuted. NOT! Profiling works, that is why law enforcement uses it. If the Mooselimbs want to clean up their image, they need to start policing their own but since probably 99.999999% of them at least secretly support the terrorists scumbags that will never happen.

      What surprises me so much is the women who support the teachings of Islam even though it denigrates them and makes them about a half step above a goat. Where is the outrage from NOW and the other women’s lib groups?

  5. beautyofreason says:

    I see ethnic Mexicans in my town who do not speak a word of English and are likely in the country illegally; nobody seems to care that our immigration policy is a mess. I have seen women in full Islamic dress more suitable for Iran than the Southern United States. The country is breaking down intro tribes, rather than a united citizenry.

    Liberals frown upon cultural cohesion in Western society, although they have a lot to say about respecting cultures and peoples around the world. Liberals resist any efforts state or national level to make English the national language, or to ban Shariah from impacting U.S. law. They tend to criticize age old institutions such as marriage and religion, viewing both to be archaic and harmful to a group. They are wary of flag waving and shows of national support. They view rural, homogeneous and conservative areas of the country as racist.

    The paradox is that liberals must base their dogma on identity politics to woo disparate groups to their cause. Group cohesion and bullying are essential to their success with unions, illegals, LGBT, and other racial / religious groups that vote Democrat.

    “[Is] rapid population [growth] by as great importations of foreigners as possible… founded in good policy?… They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw them off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. These principles, with their language, they will transmit to their children. In proportion to their number, they will share with us the legislation. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp and bias its direction, and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass… If they come of themselves, they are entitled to all the rights of citizenship: but I doubt the expediency of inviting them by extraordinary encouragements.”

    –Thomas Jefferson

    What could be a more extraordinary encouragement for someone living in a third word country than free food stamps, citizenship for every child born, low cost government housing and no taxes?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “They are wary of flag waving and shows of national support”

      Yet they rally round the rainbow and other symbology that indicates how much they are “not like others”. They are separatists of the most vicious kind.

      I am reminded of a very interesting piece of writing in the old Star Trek series, delivered by yet another lefty fruit loop, Leonard Nimoy as the character Spock. McCoy has just needled him and criticized him for allegedly feeling the death of 400 fellow Vulcans on another starship, some light-years distant.

      McCoy: “Suffer the death of thy neighbor, eh Spock”

      Spock: “I’ve noticed among you humans: You speak of the hardness of the Vulcan heart. Yet how little room there seems to be….in yours”.

      And I’ve noticed that amongst the angry liberals. They perceive that I am intolerant of their psychoses, yet how little they respect my own in the form of loyalties, character norms, credibility, etc.

      If I laugh at their choice of buying a Prius, I am intolerant, arrogant, intellectually small, etc. But if I buy a new Camaro with a bazillion horsepower, a bright yellow paintjob and so on, again, I am intolerant, arrogant and intellectually small.

      With them, it’s a one-way street, owing largely to their perception that conservatives are masters as to “one-way-street-edness”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Conservatives, by our very nature, are willing to hear someone else’s argument and if it has merit, goes to the next phase; That of debate and discussion.

      With liberals, fear is their biggest motivator so it naturally follows that they fear any sort of debate because they know they will be factually dismantled in almost every case. They really hate that and that sets the foundation for their absolute seething hatred of conservativism. This is because they are largely emotionally driven and yet, over the past half-century, even watching the downward spiral of all their utopian dreams and schemes to complete and utter failure has only resulted in what liberals typically do best: Rationalize. They assign blame to anything but their own programs and plans.

      It’s pathetic really. But somehow their population has increased in great numbers. Emotionally driven moonbats who think that the way to fix everything is to toke up and have a sing-a-long with Paul Simon and any other number of “truth-to-power” entertainers. Yet there’s a reason why they are entertainers and not industry leaders or corporate giants.

      I guess at the base of it, they look for leaders who make them feel good. I look for leaders who will do good.

  6. canary says:

    Pew probably did the research in a manner that a % American muslims lied. Did Pew interview non-American muslims in America? Like Obama’s relatives.

  7. Papa Louie says:

    The Pew Research Center is all concerned that “most US Muslims feel targeted by terror policies”. But don’t the rest of us feel targeted by Muslim terror policies? Why should Muslims be exempted from the consequences of their own religious teachings?

  8. imnewatthis says:

    Lots of good points, Beauty

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