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U.S. Muslims happy with their country despite pressure, study finds
More than half of American Muslims say it’s harder to be a Muslim in America since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
August 30th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

U.S. Muslims happy with their country despite pressure, study finds

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

People look at Zeinab Chami a little warily sometimes, she says, especially when she travels outside big cities.

She started wearing a headscarf when she was in her early 20s, making herself "a visible Muslim."

That "can really be an emotional strain," she says.

Life is getting harder for American Muslims, she says, given the media's portrayal of Muslims, the false perception that President Barack Obama is Muslim, and the rise of the tea party, whose most vocal leaders, according to Chami, "spew vitriol against anyone perceived to be 'foreign.'"

And yet, she says, American Muslims are "lucky."

"I have Muslim friends who are from every ethnic background. It's easier to get to the true spirit, the true practice of Islam," in the United States. It's easier for a Muslim woman to get a postgraduate education in America, and the American sense of civic-mindedness jibes with Muslim teaching, she says.

"When people see a clash of civilizations, they are wrong," she says.

Chami - a 27-year-old educator working with a nonprofit to improve teens' math and reading skills in Michigan - is typical of many American Muslims, a new survey suggests.

Many American Muslims feel singled out by government anti-terror policies; significant minorities have been called names or had their mosques attacked; and most say it's harder to be a Muslim in the United States now than it was before September 11, 2001.

And yet the vast majority say their communities are very good places to live, that Americans are not hostile toward Muslims, and that American Muslims have a better quality of life than Muslims elsewhere, the survey of more than 1,000 American Muslims has found.

Support for Islamic extremism is not rising among Muslim Americans, who are much less likely to support terrorism than Muslims in many other countries, according to the study by the Pew Research Center in Washington.

Seven out of ten American Muslims have very unfavorable views of al Qaeda, while only 5% have favorable or somewhat favorable views.

Chami puts it bluntly: "Everybody hates al Qaeda - hates, hates, hates. There is real hatred because of the atrocious attacks and because the blowback on the community affecting us."

The lack of support for extremism "makes these perceptions about Muslims in America kind of ironic," Chami says ruefully.

But Rep. Pete King, R-New York, who has been chairing high-profile congressional hearings about the radicalization of U.S. Muslims, argued that the Pew study "was not as positive as it might seem."

"Seventy percent of American Muslims are opposed to al Qaeda. We are at war with al Qaeda. One hundred percent should be opposed to al Qaeda," he said.

He's not worried about the radicalization of the community as a whole, he said: "I've always said the majority of Muslims are good Americans. My concern is the small number of Muslims who can be radicalized."

"Al Qaeda is attempting to recruit, and we can't hide from it. If they can recruit 15 or 20 or 30 people, that's what we're talking about. There were 19 hijackers on September 11," he said.

And while he acknowledges that the percentage of American Muslims who trust the government's anti-terror efforts is rising, he says it's still not high enough.

"Only 43% think that government anti-terrorist efforts are sincere. If 57% don't think they're sincere, then when the FBI comes into their communities, they're not going to cooperate with those efforts. I think that's worrying," he said.

The survey shows that American Muslims are much less likely to support terrorism than their co-religionists in the Middle East.

Four out of five say suicide bombing and other violence against civilians is never justified. That's a significantly higher percentage than Muslims in five Middle Eastern countries and territories surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project earlier this year.

And although six out of 10 express some worry about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the United States, only two out of 10 believe there is much support for extremism today.

Just under half of American Muslims say U.S. Muslim leaders have not spoken out enough against extremism, while one in three say they have.

The survey came against the background of a number of controversies touching the American Muslim community, ranging from King's hearings to the debate over plans to build an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.

Even so, American Muslims have positive views of the United States now, and they are getting more favorable over time, the survey found.

American Muslims are far more likely to believe that the United States is sincere in its efforts to fight terrorism now than they were four years ago, the study says.

Just under half of them say American efforts are sincere, many more than believed it in 2007, when George W. Bush was president.

The rising level of trust comes even though half of all American Muslims believe that they're being singled out for increased surveillance and monitoring, the study says.

The feeling that it's harder to be a Muslim in America since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks has held steady since 2007, with just over half expressing the view in each survey.

About one out of five Muslim Americans say they've been called offensive names in the past year, and about the same number say they've been singled out by airport security.

And many feel that their own leaders are not doing enough to fight Islamic extremism, according to the study, a joint project of the Pew Research Center for People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

The researchers spoke to 1,033 Muslim Americans between April 14 and July 22, doing telephone interviews in English, Arabic, Urdu and Farsi.

Asked whether they consider themselves Muslims or Americans first, half of the respondents said Muslim, a quarter said American, and the rest either said both equally or that they didn't know.

American Christians, by way of comparison, split right down the middle. Just under half say American, just under half say Christian, and less than one in ten chooses either both or "don't know."

Zeinab Chami, the educator, chose a different answer.

"I would say I consider myself a human first, and I live my life according to that," she said. "We're all the human family, and that happens to be a very Islamic point of view. My loyalty is to God, then humanity. Not God, then country - God, then humanity."

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Islam • Polls • United States

soundoff (915 Responses)
  1. Sagebrush Shorty

    Of course they are happy in America. They are treated as special people and have friends in high places.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • Sean

      I guess you mean Obama, because thats the only guy remotly related to Islam. Noit that he is muslim, but his dad was. Lets take that theory to work.

      So if a person being Muslim means being favourable to other fellow Muslims, then explain to me Sadda, Mubarak, Saleh, Assad, Qaddafi, etc... they are ALL Muslims.... so where is their favour to Muslims? Or is Obama the only angel here?

      Oh wait, I just remembered, he's not Muslim. He said so him self.He goes to your Chruches, he signed many anti Muslim policies. His government is still waging wars agains Muslim nations.

      Get your head out of your bumm.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:09 am |
    • Nils

      Really sir, you thought abotu that in your head before you wrote that and it made sense to you? Do you always express such illogical ideas and do you persuade your friends and relatives to also adopt such nonsensical views? Do you vote sir? If so I strongly suggest you read Mein Kampf, perhaps some of the positions will jibe with your views.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Sean............. Good luck with the results of your country's immigration policy.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Andrea

      you mean the Bush family, right?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • jack

      there is no such thing as an american muslims, theres only muslims that live in american, they will never be an american

      August 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Johnny Quest

      Rabble rabble rabble!!! Dang Aye-Rabs better keep away from my yung 'uns and my Mayonnaise sandwiches! Now excuse me as I tell the internet how I feel and make up some credintials, cause I'm always right and everyone should know it...RAbble rabble rabble!!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  2. BigAl

    sure they're happy. they're not persecuted like Christians would be in Muslim countries.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • Shoe on the other foot

      I'll put one million dollars on it that you've ever as a Christian been to a Muslim country and felt such persecution. I challenge you to find truth in your own statement. Go, visit, learn for yourself instead of living in fear abroad because all of your education and knowledge about a certain group's religion comes from the media. Have any, I mean even one Muslim friend or acquaintance?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • allaboutbuff

      Christians are persecuted in Turkey? Indonesia? Pakistan? You confuse GOVERNMENT with RELIGION in your extremely general statement.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Sean

      Christian AND Muslims are both persecuted in Muslim countries as world events now happening show.... open your eyes. Throw away your prejudeces, its blinding you.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • Whatever

      After reading theses hate-filled and gross comments I would wholeheartedly disagree with you.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • st

      Christians are persecuted in Turkey? They have Christmas trees and fake Santas in malls at Turkey, someone better tell them to stop with that. When my friend and her family visited me in Istanbul they all went to Christmas Mass and then took their nephews to go see santa at the mall. Pretty weird persecution of Christians.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • smn

      Muslims have to take their religion a little less seriously.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  3. JoeProfet

    As they should be happy, because they are free and are now experiencing the very essence of what created this great nation in the first place. They are free from oppressive government (almost) and they can now practice their religion peacefully...Hmmm what a concept!

    August 30, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  4. Reality

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    alone."
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    August 30, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • Reality

      For those who are reading challenged:

      SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
      THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR

      SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
      THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY

      SAVING 15.5 MILLION ORTHODOX FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
      ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

      Added details upon request.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      You are not going to deprogram anyone. That is a pipe dream. Witness Ft. Hood.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:57 am |
    • paul

      The problem here buddy boy, is that you keep the allah mohamed thing going. In a few words: IT IS ALL A LIE, FALSE. If muslims worldwide knew how they have been taken, there would not be a single mosque standing or teachers left alive. Islam has always been Vile and Violent towards others. Mohamed decided to go violent as a vehicle to spreading his invented religion. allah is no more real than the Cookie Monster of Sesame Street. allah is being kept alive my muslims worldwide because he needs them to survive as a force. Remove that and it will disintegrate,

      August 30, 2011 at 8:07 am |
    • justageek

      Funny...but not really correct at all. I know people like to blame religion, any religion, for bad things but the reality of it is that there is a head nut who keeps a group of people uneducated and convinces them to do something bad. Simply believing in God does not do that. Reading a Bible or Koran or whatever does not do that. A few crazy people do that...plain and simple.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • biggerballz

      Yes, the atheist who knows everything. Hey when you die, what happens, oh nothing right. idiot go copy and paste somewhere else.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  5. Beetlejuice

    It makes no logical sense why liberal news media love to portray Islam as a loving and tolerant belief system, but continuously attack Christianity (the belief system on which this country was established) and try to portray it as weak and hateful – as if Christianity is the enemy. Are the writers and editors afraid someone will find them and follow them home at night if they say something negative about Islam?

    August 30, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      the atheists and liberals love them and they are on the top of their list when the Muslims finally have the upper hand .. they'll be the first one to go.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • Polly

      oh, the poor christian majority! such little victims!

      August 30, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • sadstate

      White liberal guilt.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      Uhhhh...When was Christianity attacked?

      September 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  6. jim

    I wonder if CNN has ever considered that the half of American Muslims that "believe that they're being singled out for increased surveillance and monitoring" might not always reveal their true feelings in an informal survey. I think we can believe little of what is reported in such "studies".

    August 30, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • mullah hajdar

      no,we do not support white fascists.now you know it.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      The congress was the source of the H1 visas.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      True feelings? What are you, a care bear?

      September 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  7. fanta

    The question is NOT whether they are happy with America.....it's whether America is happy with them being there ! It is, after all, muslims that have been attacking And killing Americans for decades now ! In my opinion, as a seasoned reporter-critic-broadcaster who is unreligious...and having lived 25 years in the US.....devout muslims CANNOT be patriotic to any Country or anything but islam and the qu'ran.....therefore the latter strongly conflicts with American and Western ideals and freedoms,etc !

    August 30, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Our Congress let them come here. Traitors

      August 30, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • Khan

      How patriotic are you ? Just sitting here and posting these comments make you patriotic ? And by the way , what is the true scale to measure "patriotism" ? The mormons are patriotic ? The hindus are patriotic ? The atheist are patriotic ? The amish people are patriotic ? Or those 21 year old drunk college gals and guys are patriotic ? You are comparing two wrong things , wrong virtues. Patriotism has nothing to do with personal religious beliefs. Please go and learn something about Abraham , who was a man of God , and indeed a good one !!

      August 30, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      "seasoned reporter blah blah blah"

      I smell something, but it ain't seasoning!

      September 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  8. Squiddo

    "Four out of five say suicide bombing and other violence against civilians is never justified." Yeah right! Who did they survey, preschoolers?

    August 30, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Who is going to tell if they are planning otherwise? Dumb survey (pointed) ..

      August 30, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • Tsoho

      If only four out of five feel that suicide bombing is never justified, that leaves 20% of American Muslims who feel that it is justified in some cases to target civilians. Twenty percent is an awfully high number for something like that. We're not talking about collateral damage as you go after military targets here, we're talking about actually targeting regular civilians.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  9. danny

    this is hillarious – "their country"...hardly any muslim I know is "american". Most have loyalties to ethnic groups and foreign nations first. Why does the media keep pushing this notion of "American Muslims"? Only in the media do you ever even hear that term as it is so ridiculous.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Khan

      Danny, so this US is a piece of land that your ancestors bought from God ??? Dude, tell me all what have you done for this country besides sitting here and posting these nasty comments ? And if you really want to understand what and how Muslims have contributed please read about Islamic-Relief USA , ICNA Relief USA and Hidaya – who are tirelessly , working day and night , to feed the homeless and to provide shelter to the needy ones , here in the USA !!

      August 30, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • danny

      @khan All I am saying is that the muslims I know would never say they are "American", that they have other loyalties. I am not saying that they haven't contributed anything.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      Hey Danny...was gonna troll ya but you seem intelligent based on your response to Khan. I don't necessarily agree with you (Muslims do consider themselves Muslim Americans), but respect your views. 😀

      September 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  10. It_flyer

    American Muslims are one of the US's greatest assets and a testament of how people with different religious views and live in harmony.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:35 am |
    • Sathyavrath

      That is disingenious. It is America and the Western world that is a great asset to modern civilisation where people of many faiths and religions are permitted expression. Cant say that of the Arab and Muslim countries. Have Muslims in America reciprocated this generosity by taking a delegation to the Arab and Muslim countries to allow Christian, Jews, and Hindus equal free expression. Where are the Muslims from these countries expressing distaste for what goes on in their home countries? All they possess are passports of convenience...

      August 30, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Bee Ess

      August 30, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • It_flyer

      However we've never had a religious fanatic for a president before and Perry doesn't seen to be into harmony.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  11. Flex

    The ones that claim that Islam is peaceful, are in an internal war with the one claiming Jihad. Therefor, Islam as a religion by itself has a big chronic "bipolar" disorder condition. And that controversy would not be solved until all Muslims convert to Christianity and believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God (not a prophet). Now, for some, you can laugh all you want.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • AllahSux

      @CrystalRiver
      America is losing blessings and liberty because of atheists. ~~~~ Your a moron too. Where is your worthless god at in this time of need? Bunking with Santa Clause is my first guess. Blaming atheists is all you have? How about all the wars fought due to religion? jesus is a myth, a big lie to make you into a "Sheeple." You have taken the bait and have shown your stupidity. What good have you done for your religion by judging others? Hummm.....

      August 30, 2011 at 7:31 am |
    • Flex

      Hey "Allahsux"....you are the one that have fallen for the bait......the bait of emptiness and self-indulgence....stupid Moron.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Sporkify

      "Hey guys, their evil juju religion is wrong and a LIE! They claim an angel came to their prophet and expounded God's Holy Law to him over 1,500 years ago! They believe God's name is Allah! How freaking crazy are they? By the way, have you met my pal Jesus?"

      You're all the same.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  12. CrystalRiver

    A quick Social Studies for Americans:
    3 decades ago, Americanization or Westernization = modernization, prosperity, freedom,
    Now, Americanization or Westernization = bowing down to Sodomites

    August 30, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • Rick

      Bowing down to sodomites? After all this time of capitulating to the Born Again tribe?

      August 30, 2011 at 3:40 am |
    • CrystalRiver

      America is losing blessings and liberty because of atheists.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:55 am |
    • AllahSux

      I welcome the day for open-season. Political correctness is whats killing this country.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • Sporkify

      Actually the biggest threats to America right now are corporate greed, government corruption and...evangelical Christianity. I'm way more scared of Perry than I am of anyone in Al Qaeda.

      Cue the "godless liberal atheist socialist commie" remarks.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Johnny Quest

      Hey Crystal, only one of us has something up their bung hole, and it ain't me.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  13. Bo

    ============ So far I'm in favor of most of the posts made on this forum, but this shouldn't be on a belief blog. This is a political issue. ==================

    August 30, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  14. CrystalRiver

    I don't think these Muslims answered with 100% honesty. Right, most of them don't support terrorists and the moderates are afraid of them since blood-thirsty fanatics target everyone. Moderates are traitors to them. However, Muslims never give up dominion of the world. The difference between them and Christians is: Christians just educate non-members and wait for the rule of Jesus to happen, Muslims consider it a virtue to bring the Islamic domination by force. What Christians view as solely God's sphere, Muslims view it as their potential merit if they can carry out. Muslims need to read the Bible and understand Jesus in order to be both right and strong.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Rick

      Muslims need to read the bible? Have you read the Koran?

      August 30, 2011 at 3:41 am |
    • CrystalRiver

      Rick, anything good or readable in Qu'ran is already in the Bible. Muslims are missing out A LOT by not-reading the Bible. Muslims are supposed to read the Bible.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:54 am |
    • magoo

      Crystal River –your facts are a bit off –slanted to prop up Christianity over Muslims or Atheists, etc etc. The point is that ALL religions have wreaked havoc and bloodshed "in the name of whatever lord". You failed to mention the Crusades through which Christianity was to spread -by force in the "homeland and elsewhere". As for atheists killings in Russia and China? ..Not so fast. Stalin was a cold-blooded killer (King if you who happened to also be an atheist. His actions were to hold onto power the old fashioned way...by killing those who threatened him or perceived threats/making examples out of the innocent to send a message of fear to the rest of the poeple. China did the same thing. No correlation to religion. Saddam Hussein was no religious nut. Neither was Hitler, Pol Pot, Castro, or even Khadafi. Need I go on? Look, Christianity or Roman Catholicism in particular, or not in the same league as Muslims when it comes to treatment of women. They are still in the dark ages, really. But let's face it, it's only been the latter 1/2 of the 20th century where women could even give communion or manage a christian service. Women still can't give mass or the sacrament in the catholic church...but this pales against women's rights in the middle east, etc. –but that's a whole diff discussion.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • smokey

      Crystal River

      –your facts are a bit off –slanted to prop up Christianity over Muslims or Atheists, etc etc. The point is that ALL religions have wreaked havoc and bloodshed "in the name of whatever lord". You failed to mention the Crusades through which Christianity was to spread -by force in the "homeland and elsewhere". As for atheists killings in Russia and China? ..Not so fast. Stalin was a cold-blooded killer (King if you who happened to also be an atheist. His actions were to hold onto power the old fashioned way...by killing those who threatened him or perceived threats/making examples out of the innocent to send a message of fear to the rest of the poeple. China did the same thing. No correlation to religion. Saddam Hussein was no religious nut. Neither was Hitler, Pol Pot, Castro, or even Khadafi. Need I go on? Look, Christianity or Roman Catholicism in particular, or not in the same league as Muslims when it comes to treatment of women. They are still in the dark ages, really. But let's face it, it's only been the latter 1/2 of the 20th century where women could even give communion or manage a christian service. Women still can't give mass or the sacrament in the catholic church...but this pales against women's rights in the middle east, etc. –but that's a whole diff discussion.

      August 30, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • biggerballz

      Yeah just like the christian in norway who killed innocent people right

      August 30, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Sporkify

      "Hey guys, their evil juju religion is wrong and a LIE! They claim an angel came to their prophet and expounded God's Holy Law to him over 1,500 years ago! They believe God's name is Allah! How freaking crazy are they? By the way, have you met my pal Jesus?"

      You're all the same.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Johnny Quest

      BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! OH MY....HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

      Please tell me you are gonna host the Oscars this year, Crystal, cause you are HILARIOUS!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  15. Bo

    ========== Five precent in favor of al Qaeda, and 2% in favor of extreemism is too much, I wonder what the American Muslim is doing to counteract those in favor of al Qaeda and the extreemist? Very little I think. That is what worries me about Muslims.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Khan

      Bo, what worries me is that what are you doing to stop those 97% terror attack on US soil by Non-Muslims ???? Please enlighten us about your efforts to eradicate hunger and joblessness and poverty from the society ? Please see the websites of Hidaya and Islamic Relief USA and ICNA Relief USA to see what and how Muslims are contributing in their homeland, USA !

      August 30, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • nick

      you can thank our former president bush and his administration for that. As long as the U.S. are in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will continue to see hatred against this country

      August 30, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  16. BG

    " Many American Muslims feel singled out by government anti-terror policies;"
    Maybe they're just a bit self-conscious? Maybe? You think?

    "Seven out of ten American Muslims have very unfavorable views of al Qaeda, while only 5% have favorable or somewhat favorable views."

    From Pew: http://pewforum.org/future-of-the-global-muslim-population-regional-americas.aspx
    "If current trends continue, the Muslim population in the United States is projected to more than double in the next 20 years, from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030."

    So – 5% of 6.2M is how many al Qaeda supporters in the U.S by 2030?

    " The rising level of trust comes even though half of all American Muslims believe that they're being singled out for increased surveillance and monitoring..."
    So much for the allegations of "unjustified infringement of civil rights" if the means justify the ends. Their trust is improving, even though they feel it's at their expense? Makes sense to me.

    " ... although six out of 10 express some worry about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the United States... Just under half of American Muslims say U.S. Muslim leaders have not spoken out enough against extremism, while one in three say they have."
    I guess if muslims are worried, I should be too...

    Bottom line for our dear muslim community: stop complaining about problems that don't exist and start doing something about the potential for problems that even -you- fear could be realized.

    Unless, of course, your concern is just 'lip-service.'

    August 30, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Peace2All

      @BG

      I saw this article and thought to myself... Well, I guess those "Samples" he was offering, he will want back in a jiffy ! LOL 😀

      And... very good use of the article and it's statistics to support your usual conclusions.

      You, my friend... I see you as a kind of a 'canary in a coal mine' regarding these issues.

      I do have a lot of respect for you in general, but specifically here on these articles regarding Islam, as you know we have gone round and round on this before, but I have often learned a lot from you.

      Respectfully,

      Peace...

      August 30, 2011 at 4:01 am |
    • BG

      @ Peace

      Thanks for that, Peace. Especially meaningful coming from you. But remember, the canary had to croak before the miners realized that there was a problem... I hope that the 'canary' of our civil liberties doesn't take a whack before the American pubic sits up and takes notice of... sorry, there's no need to mince words anymore... the threat.

      This 'research' by Pew is fairly damning evidence of an inherent muslim threat. The study outcomes were, in all likelihood, inadvertently negative; I don't think Pew set out to purposefully castigate muslims. Pew's 'statistics,' however, reflect very, very poorly on American muslims. I wouldn't be surprised to see CNN pull this story.

      Oh, and I always keep a secret stash... no worries there, so enjoy the "samples!." 😆

      August 30, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  17. CrystalRiver

    These Muslims are worthless to humanity unless they start working toward establishing the freedom of conscience in all the Islamic land. Walk the talk.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • Khan

      Reality , this list can be quadruple in a flash if someone composes non-muslim terror activities around the globe , or even against US , just during the last 5 years !! Do not spread false word , read the teachings of Quran to know the purpose of creation , the purpose of life , the concept of day of judgement, and the rules of God that a human need to abide by in this world. And please read about Abraham , who was a friend of God , as declared in Torah, Bible, and Quran. Blessed Eid Wishes to Everyone !

      August 30, 2011 at 7:43 am |
  18. CrystalRiver

    Happy Muslims, go back to your countries of origin with the education you've received and liberate the women and infidels and make them happy like you were in America.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • Rick

      What if this IS their country of origin? Where should they go?

      August 30, 2011 at 3:44 am |
    • CrystalRiver

      Rick, I don't live in USA. Atheists kill or jail anyone who speaks of religious freedom. Muslims are better than atheists.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:52 am |
    • nick

      born and raised in the county of Dade, Miami Florida. what you need to do is get an education on different religions of the world and learn how to accept different cultures in the United States you sorry ass hillybilly

      August 30, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  19. Latweef Shen Myint-Thu

    World War I & World War II: what are the total deaths and wounded people? Who were the problems – Caucasians/Europeans!!!

    Of course, bin Laden and his networked people are bad just as the Zionist Jews after World War I. After World War I, there were 2 millions Palestinians and 75,000 Jews in the land of Palestine colonized by Britain. After the Jews attacked and terrorized the Kind David hospital, the Jews got Independence. Faced with injustice of Britain, Europeans and due to the support of U.S.A. for Israelis military with weapons and nukes, bin Laden, of course bad, made revenge on U.S.A. by attacking twin tower.

    By the way, why U.S.A. government did not allowed the investigation of other nations such as China and such for the total collapse of twin towers even though an airplane, much smaller than the building, entered into the top of the buildings. These buildings are built to stand enormous heat and vibration.

    If you all see that World War I and World War II are the results of atrocities, greed, and colonialism of the Caucasians/Europeans that had caused much more number of deaths than WTC. I don't know why WTC twin towers totally collapsed though.

    Thank you.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • CrystalRiver

      Lat-, are you stupid? If non-Europeans did not oppress women, children and minorieties like hell, Europeans would never have gone to your land. It's all your fault because you treated women like dirt. God punished barbaric pagans through Europeans and Americans and liberated women.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:05 am |
    • CrystalRiver

      Though the Europeans and Americans brought civility into the barbaric world, there was abuse by them and the two world wars were punishment on the humanistic Europe. Many nations suffered then and were birthed afterwards as the British Empire dissolved. But the most massacres were done by atheists last century. They did the atrocities within their borders so the world does not recall it much. Countless Russians and Chinese and others died at the hands of atheists because of atheism. Except the treatment of the Jews, atheists were far worse than Nazis to everyone everywhere. Germans had some manners(though Nazi Germans were truly demonic against the Jews). Atheists had none.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • nick

      It was an inside job and they blamed it on Osama Bin Laden just too go there and get more oil

      August 30, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Latweef Shen Myint-Thu

      @ Crystal River,

      My mother land is Burma. How come your Europeans accuse Burmese of oppressing women...

      In fact, stupid and crazy American John Williams Yettaw sent by Christian God invaded into Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (a woman) home and your Caucasian stupid Sen. John Webb rescued John Williams Yettaw.

      Is it American way? By the way, what is American?

      August 31, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  20. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no female or male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    And what other koranic-driven terror feeds this mistrust?

    The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

    ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

    and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

    and more recently

    1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

    1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

    2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

    3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

    4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

    5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

    6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

    7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

    8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

    9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

    10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

    11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

    12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

    13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

    14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

    15 The DAILY suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

    16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

    17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

    18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

    19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

    20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

    21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

    22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • DirtyHeathen

      your question: "What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?"

      your answer: "The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means."

      Well, actually, the attack of 9/11 was meant as a response to decades of US imperialist foreign policy. Osama bin Laden himself very plainly stated this to be the case.

      Incidentally, it may interest you to know that domination of the world by any means just happens to be the official policy of the United States. Find and read something called the National Security Strategy of the United States of America. It was adopted in 2002 by then-president Bush and has never been rescinded.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:01 am |
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