Pew Research: Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S.

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    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/07/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/

    December 7, 2015

    What do American Muslims believe?

    ...roughly half of U.S. Muslims (48%) say their own religious leaders have not done enough to speak out against Islamic extremists.

    Living in a religiously pluralistic society, Muslim Americans are more likely than Muslims in many other nations to have many non-Muslim friends. Only about half (48%) of U.S. Muslims say all or most of their close friends are also Muslims, compared with a global median of 95% in the 39 countries we surveyed....

    ...Muslims in the U.S. are roughly as religious as U.S. Christians, although they are less religious than Muslims in many other nations...

    When it comes to political and social views, Muslims are far more likely to identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party (70%) than the Republican Party (11%)...

    ...As of 2011, U.S. Muslims were somewhat split between those who said homosexuality should be accepted by society (39%) and those who said it should be discouraged (45%), although the group had grown considerably more accepting of homosexuality since a similar survey was conducted in 2007...


    [url]http://www.people-press.org/2011/08/30/muslim-americans-no-signs-of-growth-in-alienation-or-support-for-extremism/?beta=true&utm_expid=53098246-2.Lly4CFSVQG2lphsg-KopIg.1&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pewresearch.org%2Ffact-tank%2F2015%2F12%2F07%2Fmuslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world%2F[/url]
    August 30, 2011

    as found in the Pew Research Center’s 2007 survey, Muslims in the United States continue to reject extremism by much larger margins than most Muslim publics surveyed this year by the Pew Global Attitudes Project. And majorities of Muslim Americans express concern about the possible rise of Islamic extremism, both here and abroad.

    A significant minority (21%) of Muslim Americans say there is a great deal (6%) or a fair amount (15%) of support for extremism in the Muslim American community. That is far below the proportion of the general public that sees at least a fair amount of support for extremism among U.S. Muslims (40%).

    ...For Muslims in the United States, concerns about Islamic extremism coexist with the view that life for Muslim Americans in post-9/11 America is difficult in a number of ways. Significant numbers report being looked at with suspicion (28%), and being called offensive names (22%). And while 21% report being singled out by airport security, 13% say they have been singled out by other law enforcement. ...

    ...Nonetheless, Muslim Americans have not become disillusioned with the country. They are overwhelmingly satisfied with the way things are going in their lives (82%) and continue to rate their communities very positively as places to live (79% excellent or good)....

    At a personal level, most think that ordinary Americans are friendly (48%) or neutral (32%) toward Muslim Americans; relatively few (16%) believe the general public is unfriendly toward Muslim Americans. About two-thirds (66%) say that the quality of life for Muslims in the U.S. is better than in most Muslim countries

    Support for Extremism Remains Negligible

    As in 2007, very few Muslim Americans – just 1% – say that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are often justified to defend Islam from its enemies; an additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified in these circumstances. Fully 81% say that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilians are never justified

    A comparably small percentage of Muslim Americans express favorable views of al Qaeda – 2% very favorable and 3% somewhat favorable. And the current poll finds more Muslim Americans holding very unfavorable views of al Qaeda than in 2007 (70% vs. 58%).


    There is much greater opposition to suicide bombing – and more highly negative views of al Qaeda – among Muslims in the United States than among Muslims in most of the seven predominantly Muslim countries surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project

    ...Opposition to violence is broadly shared by all segments of the Muslim American population...

    Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream

    A majority of Muslim Americans (56%) say that most Muslims who come to the U.S. want to adopt American customs and ways of life; just 20% say that Muslims in this country want to be distinct from the larger American society. In contrast, just a third (33%) of the general public believes that most Muslims in the U.S. today want to assimilate.

    ...When asked to choose, nearly half of Muslims in the U.S. (49%) say they think of themselves first as a Muslim, while 26% see themselves first as an American; 18% volunteer that they are both. In a 2011 survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, 46% of Christians in the U.S. say they identify as Christian first

    Muslim Americans are more supportive of the role of women in society. Virtually all Muslim Americans (90%) agree that women should be able to work outside of the home. Most (68%) also think that there is no difference between men and women political leaders. These are not the prevailing views of Muslims in most predominantly Muslim countries...

    ...Muslims in the U.S. are about as religious as Christians in the United States...

    ...most reject a dogmatic approach to religion. Most Muslim Americans (57%) say there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of Islam; far fewer (37%) say that there is only one true interpretation of Islam...

    ...28% of Christians said that there was only one way to interpret the teachings of their religion...
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    "As in 2007, very few Muslim Americans – just 1% – say that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are often justified to defend Islam from its enemies; an additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified in these circumstances."


    "A 2011 survey of Muslim Americans, which was conducted in English as well as Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, estimated that there were 1.8 million Muslim adults (and 2.75 million Muslims of all ages) in the country. That survey also found that a majority of U.S. Muslims (63%) are immigrants."

    One percent of 1.8 million works out to be only about 18,000 individuals in the US who believe violence is justified. How comforting.

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/07/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/
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    Dec 09, 2015 4:16 PM GMT
    Ah yes, Muslims are all such wonderful people! And, they prove it by their acts and omissions every day! icon_rolleyes.gif

    As for the Pew Charitable trusts, the organization governing the Pew Research Center, let Wiki tell it like it is: "... the modern day organization is considered to represent the far left on many issues, specifically those pertaining to the environment and America's oceans."
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    Dec 09, 2015 5:28 PM GMT
    desertmuscl said"As in 2007, very few Muslim Americans – just 1% – say that suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets are often justified to defend Islam from its enemies; an additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified in these circumstances."

    "A 2011 survey of Muslim Americans, which was conducted in English as well as Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, estimated that there were 1.8 million Muslim adults (and 2.75 million Muslims of all ages) in the country. That survey also found that a majority of U.S. Muslims (63%) are immigrants."

    One percent of 1.8 million works out to be only about 18,000 individuals in the US who believe violence is justified. How comforting.

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/07/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/


    The country and its culture has survived worse...

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan
    ...Millions joined, and at its peak in the 1920s, the organization included about 15% of the nation's eligible population...At its peak, claimed Klan membership exceeded four million and comprised 20% of the adult white male population in many broad geographic regions, and 40% in some areas

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/07/us/klan-numbers/
    Those who monitor these types of extremist groups say their numbers are nowhere near where they were in their heyday in the 1920s, when they boasted nearly 5 million members. Levin says the Klan has a membership of about 5,000. The Southern Poverty Law Center gives a lower estimate of around 3,000.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_group
    A hate group is an organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, nation, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other designated sector of society. According to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a hate group's "primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice...

    ...According to the SPLC, from 2000 to 2008, hate group activity saw a 50 percent increase in the US, with a total of 926 active groups

    ...The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), in its 2009 iReport, identified more than 10,000 problematic hate and terrorist websites and other Internet postings. The report includes hate websites, social networks, blogs, newsgroups, YouTube and other video sites. The findings illustrate that as the Internet continues to grow, extremists find new ways to seek validation for their hateful agendas and to recruit members...


    If everyone were to simply take a deep non-reactionary breath, to look at these Pew numbers, I think the most striking thing is how Muslims actually do change as they incorporate into America. Look at their attitudes towards religion, towards gays, towards women here compared to Muslims living outside this country.

    Here they become more liberal, less conservative (gee, I wonder who that scares more, the Muslims who are radical or the Republicans?). And that's the trend in just the 1st & 2nd generations of Muslim-Americans. As they age here, as they raise children here, their future generations will become even more American.

    So they are assimilating, even under their burkas. Meanwhile, what about us has changed? Fast food? check. Poor internet manners? check. Porn? check. check. check. Not a lot has changed here, has it? Even the paranoia isn't new.

    So this culture remains hegemonic. Sharia will not be overtaking. American culture continues to export from the great melting pot.

    Even as immigrants might not assimilate in ways they once did (giving up their language as the Latinos more often kept theirs while the earlier Germans, Jews, Italians, etc. gave up theirs generations earlier; as the Muslims keep their headdresses, while the Jewish tucked in their tallit in the 1800s & early 1900s), Islam can not help but to take on as their own American aspects. This culture is bigger than their billion.

    It is our freedoms which attracts them here. Our freedom of thought. Neither Sharia nor Trump can rob us of that. It is our freedoms which we must always protect even if that entails dangers from those who might harm us. Our freedom is our strength.

    Allowing in Muslims does not chip away at America. Curtailing our freedoms does.
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    Dec 09, 2015 5:37 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidAh yes, Muslims are all such wonderful people! And, they prove it by their acts and omissions every day! icon_rolleyes.gif

    As for the Pew Charitable trusts, the organization governing the Pew Research Center, let Wiki tell it like it is: "... the modern day organization is considered to represent the far left on many issues, specifically those pertaining to the environment and America's oceans."


    If you weren't so full of shit you'd be transparent.

    Attacking Pew numbers and using "left" as a derogatory immediately after Trump was called out on using fringe group data? lololol. You're such a fucking joke. lololol

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    Get over yourself, cuntselor. Careful though, that first step's a doozy.
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    Dec 09, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
    if anybody tried to post this article to improve the image of the muslim population in the usa , he failed miserably icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 09, 2015 10:21 PM GMT
    Ashdod saidif anybody tried to post this article to improve the image of the muslim population in the usa , he failed miserably icon_eek.gif

    Look at who's doing the posting - named or not - and it's easy to understand why.
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    Dec 09, 2015 10:24 PM GMT
    Ashdod saidif anybody tried to post this article to improve the image of the muslim population in the usa , he failed miserably icon_eek.gif


    It shows the dominance of American culture. Immigrants assimilate here.
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    Dec 09, 2015 10:27 PM GMT
    MGINSD said
    Ashdod saidif anybody tried to post this article to improve the image of the muslim population in the usa , he failed miserably icon_eek.gif

    Look at who's doing the posting - named or not - and it's easy to understand why.


    oh look, it's the fat ugly pompous one.

    Dude, you are so fucking disgusting that if you were vomit--which you are--upchucked from a dog, it would turn tail and run rather than eat its own vomit, which is you.
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    Dec 10, 2015 2:16 AM GMT
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    ^ SEVERE mental problems.


    wow, such brave words from some schmuck who hasn't yet gotten over the fact that he has a penis. Still duct taping that little thing to your thigh so it doesn't get away? You know, they have Velcro now.
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    Dec 10, 2015 2:29 AM GMT
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    southbeach1500 said
    ^ SEVERE mental problems.

    wow, such brave words from some schmuck who hasn't yet gotten over the fact that he has a penis. Still duct taping that little thing to your thigh so it doesn't get away? You know, they have Velcro now.

    Good example that there are people walking around (and on the internet) who in other times would be confined to a mental institution --- drugged and given shock treatments to take the edge off their anger.