“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Thursday, May 24, 2007

On the other hand

The Pew Research Center just published a poll measuring the attitudes of American Muslims.

A question addressed by only one report I’ve seen is how these attitudes compare to the general population or other identifiable subgroups. Muslim thinking on extremism seems to me to compare very favorably with some other ideologically-bonded groups.
For example, Liberals.

A)
According to Pew, one percent of American Muslims overall said suicide bombings are "often" justifiable and an additional seven percent said they are "sometimes" justifiable.

Twenty-eight percent of Muslims surveyed don't believe Arabs were responsible for 9/11. Seven percent believe that a U.S. government conspiracy is the reason for 9/11.

On the other hand, thirty-five percent of Democrats believe the president possessed prior knowledge of the 9/11 terror attacks that killed over 3,000 Americans. Another 26 percent of Democrats said that they are "not sure."

B)
According to Pew, 5% of US Muslims have a favorable view of al Qaeda and 10% have an only somewhat unfavorable view. 27% refused to answer or didn't know.

On the other hand, what’s the percentage of college professors, radical feminists, far left documentary makers and billionaire currency speculators who have a favorable view of the United States?

C)
“…fewer than half (36%) of native-born African American Muslims express a very unfavorable view of al Qaeda. By contrast, roughly two-thirds of other native-born Muslims (69%), as well as foreign-born Muslims (63%), hold very unfavorable views of al Qaeda."

On the other hand, al-Qaeda affirmative action policies have not been adequately explained.

Oh, yes, the one report
on a similar poll of an identifiable religious group: Midwest Lutherans Largely Reject Violence

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