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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. stevie weevie

    Oh, thank God...I was worried.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  2. In America

    Look, I saw what they did that moring. The act of bringing down the WTC and pentagon wasn't an accident. It WAS and act of anger. I don't care if muslims in America are happy with us. I won't help one if I see one in trouble, I will turn the other cheek. YOUR (muslim) leaders have been pressing you (so-called) American-muslims to stand and kill us WHEREVER we are found. I don't hear and haven't heard for 10 years about joining us to kill them and stop their rampage. I know that this comes from the feeling that with a little luck, America might be yours! – In your dreams. Pick a side or one will be eventually picked for you and every living relative we can find. Choose us, you can't go back. I'm saying you can't worship the way your religon says you must. but we as natural born Americans will not let you take, think about taking, talk about talking or ACT on taking this land from us. Come on down to the swamps of the South, be sure you're ready to fight, and we'll put on a show for ya.

    I don't like you. Not because you're faithfull to your religion, but because the people of your religon, INSIST they are right and we are wrong. So God as told them they must not tollerate living on a rock with different kind of people on it. That even considering the posibility is an abomination punishable by death.

    Hate to disapoint you it won't happen. We're fairly well stocked with anything and everything to stop you. Not exterminate but to get you out of our lives since you can't leave well enough alone – a world of muslimsm – whatevere. You folks are killing yourselves off faster than we can. Soon no more slurrpies, convenience store hotdogs (and what's up with handling pork hotdogs anyway. I thought you weren't allowed to do that. I'm not muslim, I won't become muslim and you (whoevere you are) won't kill me. :p (this is the American rahspberry all over your nice... white... what the hell is that, a bed sheet? you don't drag that into public restrooms do you. Man, do you know that most public restrooms don't get clean for 3 days or more, nasty.... just nasty.

    From your friends In America

    August 30, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • *SIGH*

      You have the freedom to say such things in America, but don't ever call yourself American. You would've been first in line to kill our founding fathers and enabled the British Empire to quash the American Revolution.

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

      I agree bro and if I were king, I'd throw them out of the US as fast as the planes could be loaded. And I'd throw those who support them out just as quickly.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • biggerballz

      If i were king I'd kick all you white pigs back to europe where you belong. GTFO of MY country

      August 30, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • mike

      "In America"...words words words. You're a moron. I'd laugh in your face if only I had the opportunity.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • David

      1. Nobody cares about your bigoted rant.
      2. If you will continue to blame all for the actions of a few, then all Jews should be called Christ Killers and Christians should be called Nazis.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • justinconvo

      You are full of hate and misunderstandings. The people that you think should not be handling pork hotdogs are not Muslim. They are Indian, from India. That’s the problem with people like you. You don’t even know your enemy. Days after 9/11, a Indian man from India living the American dream of owning his own business that happened to be a 7/11 was murdered in cold blood because someone was not smart enough to know he was not Muslim.
      You’re so quick to hate that you did not even grasp 2% of the statistics that where presented. You don’t even take into account that the those that the interviewed are upset with their leaders. They do not like the extremist that are ruining their religion. The Muslim -Americans that live here in the good old US of A, have nothing to do with the extremist that preaching death to America.
      Here’s a question for you IN AMERICA. Now you’re going to have to think about this one. With what limited information that you able to retain (not much), don’t you think that there would be more terrorist activity going on here in America if these Muslims where against us?? The towers where brought down by extremist. The only other terrorist that blow up a building was Timothy Mcvea. Think about that.
      You are blaming a whole race of people for what a few individuals do. I’m sure you don’t care because ignorance is bliss.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  3. J

    "the false perception that President Barack Obama is Muslim,"

    False??!!
    yeah, keep it up, morons at CNN...

    August 30, 2011 at 8:51 am |
    • st

      Hahahahahahaha. Let me guess, Tea Bagger?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Martin T

      @J, and what IF Obama were Muslim? There is NO TEST FOR RELIGION allowed in the election of a president. Why can't the President be Muslim, or Mormon, or even an Atheist? IF we separate Church and State like we should, the religion of the President is meaningless.. UNLESS that President is openly attempting to use his/her position to promote said religion.. sounds like Bush, and maybe Palin, Bachman, and Perry??? MAYBE???

      August 30, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • st

      If it's any consolation we have had dozens of atheist presidents, it's just not a good idea to broadcast it openly in the US of A, after all we are a Jesus Freak nation.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • Martin T

      @st, I am aware of that, thanks. I was just making a point for the idiot there.. LOL

      August 30, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • st

      Haha yeah I realized that, but I just wanted him to know 🙂

      August 30, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      HA HA HA HA!!! These comments get better by the page!!! LOL!!!!

      You are right, J...Obama IS a Muslim...he took the test and everything! HA HA HA HA HA!!!

      And Biden is Darth Vader....but his kids don't know!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  4. Michael, Chapel Hill

    Their home countries persecute other religions, while Muslims enjoy favored treatement in the US.
    They hate America (white devil) and enjoy the goodness of the people an the laws of this country.
    They build mosques with funds from the middle east in all most everywhere in the US, no questions asked.
    They manipulate govt programs and live happily.
    They get the whole hearted support of the liberals and liberal media.
    Why shlould they be unhappy?

    August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • Martin T

      And what do the "Christians" in America do (Ala Bush and Cheney) they attack two countries based on false information and bascially destroy an entire country (Iraq) and cost the US TRILLIONS of dollars and we are SAFER today??? I don't think so..

      August 30, 2011 at 8:55 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      I'm sure you have a TON of facts to back this up too! You are like...some kind of wizard to figure out this plot!! I can't let you just sit there and squander your knowledge on some obscure post!!! Go!! Inform the media!!!! The world must benefit from your deductive powers and heroic lack of data!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  5. crow t robot

    "Seven out of ten American Muslims have very unfavorable views of al Qaeda"....so 30% have a favorabl view......30% 0f 7 million [estimate] american muslim equal 2,100,000 american muslims support terrorism....that is just plain scary!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • JamesGA

      Ouch, good point. I never considered that.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am |
    • djmuth

      Um, the article specifically mentions that 5% have a favorable view. It's called reading. Try it.

      August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • justinconvo

      So why don’t we not have more terrorism her in the US?? I mean if the one that are here hate us so much, why is it just the extremist try to kill and blow up Americans overseas? Are they waiting for something??
      Oooh I got it at least I think I do. They came over to have a better life. They want to get away from the extremist that want to bring on sharia law. If I’m not mistaken, correct me if I’m wrong , but didn’t the some people from England come to America because they did not agree with what was going on there?? You will never have one group of people and expect them to all agree on the same thing. So that is what they have Mr. King for, which happens to the head of the Homeland Security. His job is to survey and hinder any disruptions that 30% that support terrorism.

      August 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • A Theist

      If I were to guess based on standard surveys, what they are saying is that 70% checked the "strongly disagree" with terrorism. It gives no numbers on how many "disagree" which is actually part of the dissenters. Of course, I could be wrong, since the magic of reporting studies these days is that you don't have to show the data for people to take your word for it. CNN.... data please?

      September 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Johnny Quest

      It's amazing CNN polled all 7 Million Muslim Americans too!! I didn't think they could do that, but...here we are!

      Of course, of those 30% who didn't choose "Strongly Hate", how many just didn't answer (as these polls are conducted over the phone and you KNOW everyone takes time out to answer them). What this percentage should be out of is the number of RESPONSES, not number of POLLED (the latter can mean people were on the contact list).

      September 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  6. DDM

    Taqiyya – lying to promote Islam. Only when their numbers rise enough in the community do they start their demands for halaal meat, prayer time and space in schools & work, foot baths at our universities, Sharia Law courts for themselves, then with greater numbers demand Sharia Law for our entire country (do a poll on SL), etc. Google these things and see. My neighbor, raised christian, married a muslim at age 40, and enjoys saying we deserved 911 and will be taken over by muslims by birthrate alone. Just gotta love those muslims, right?

    August 30, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Muslims will destroy America

      DDM you are so right. I work in technology where there are majority Muslim men are they are the worst of the worst. They openly discriminate against women while playing the victim role as far as religion. These dogs are just dogs and no amount of treating them fairly will have them treat others fairly. Our sorrow and pain is just beginning due to greedy corporate executives who have sold out the country for cheap labor. Can't even have a decent conference call because we can't understand what the hell they are saying but call them talented. You can't be talented if you don't have good communication skills. They promote and look after one another and smile in our faces while destroying centuries of laws which were hard fought to give everyone basic rights. If these dogs are so smart why can't they stay in their own country instead of coming here and taking from a country mose secretly hate. Muslims are the worst of the worst.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  7. Robert

    To those claiming that muslim extremists are actually targeting other muslims in foreign countries with their attacks, I'd suggest that you're wrong. They are not "targeting muslims" they are targeting businesses and government agencies that they believe conflict with their beliefs about how their countries should be run. When Mosques are targeted, it is done son to spread panic among the populace in order that the public might put pressure on heir governments to have the attacks stopped.

    this is contrary to specific targeting of Christians in foreign countries which DOES happen. For example, a quick google search turns up:

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-girls-targeted-in-forced-conversions-to-islam-in-egypt-52465/

    http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=332961

    or for a loner list, check out:

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/ChristianAttacks.htm

    So please don't post that muslim extremists in other countries are not targeting Christians or other religions (I won't even post a list of attacks on Jews as thats even longer!) I'm not saying that ALL islamists fit this description. Not at all, but for some to have inferred that there is not a targeting of other religions, or that radical islam "targets" moderate islam is patently false.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  8. Tsoho

    "Life is getting harder for American Muslims, she says, given ... the rise of the tea party."

    How does lowering taxes or getting our spending under control make life harder for American Muslims?

    August 30, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • st

      Didn't like over 50% of people who consider themselves tea partiers say Obama isn't American? And like 75% say he isn't Christian? Seems like they are more than just about "fiscal responsibility", there is a little "WHITE POWAAAAA" going on there.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Nils

      Seriously? Has the Tea Party actually DONE any of those things? Dog-whistle politics and thinly veiled bigotry do not fly here sir.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  9. joe jones

    "Seven out of ten American Muslims have very unfavorable views of al Qaeda"
    ---------
    What? What did you just say? Are you kidding me? 3 out of 10 American Muslims don't have a "very unfavorable view of al Queda" 30% of the population don't think that Al Queda is a vile, disgusting terrorist group? 30%!

    Enough said. It's all I need to know to keep my prejudice against Muslims going.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:41 am |
  10. JustaGuy

    Wait...it's the Tea Party's fault that it's "difficult to be a Muslim in America"? Give me a break. If you don't like the conditions where you live, whatever they may be, MOVE.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • Martin T

      See that is absolutely the wrong approach to take in this Country. When people live in America they do not have to "move" when they are unhappy with the way they are being treated. We live in a country where the minorities are assured equal protection under the law, just as the majority. The TEA BAGGERS ARE part of the problem facing Americans today, all Americans.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Move to .. N.Korea, Venezuela (Chavez loves Cindy Sheehan), Mogodishu, Nigeria, Haiti, Kazakistan, IRAN .. all kinds of choices .. why come here where it is nasty

      August 30, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • st

      What's great about being an American is, you don't have to move. You don't have to do sh1t. You can whatever you want and do whatever you want (as long as it isn't illegal obviously). More power to them, the average Muslim-American is far more law abiding than any other American group when compared with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. (Whites, Blacks, Hispanics etc.)

      August 30, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      You don't like Tea Party .. you like big bruddah .. you'll love2012 .. when gas is $8 and bread is $6 and you don not have a job and he tells you we all have to kick in a little ..

      August 30, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • *SIGH*

      Wow, a British Empire loyalist. In other words, if George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, et al, didn't like how England was managing the colonies, they should've just left?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Martin T

      @ RightTurn – Umm, yeah sure.... that's going to happen.. NOT.... IF the TEA BAGGERS had their way we would have defaulted on our financial obligations and we'd be in a depression right now.. so much for the GREAT tea party... eh?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  11. Colin

    When one looks at the devestating effect their silly faith has had on their own countries, I am surprised any Muslim would want to import such Dark Ages garbage here. Most Muslim countries rank near the bottom in terms of standard of living, individual liberties, political corruption, education, women's freedoms and the rights of $exual minorities.

    The freinds I have from Muslim countries were all elated to kiss goodbye this violent, backwards and dogma-infused faith

    August 30, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      be nice if we could all play together .. a new game called Cowboys and ay rabs beginning with lock and load ..

      August 30, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  12. Jeff

    Exactly what does the "rise of the Tea Party" have to do with anti muslim behavior? Once again, liberals (i.e., CNN.com) misinterpret the context of the Tea Party.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • David Daniels

      Please help me understand the context of the Tea Party then. The relation between anti-Muslim sentiment and Tea Party activism seems obvious to me.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • Martin T

      @Jeff – Recently a poll was done that asked those who associated themselves with the TEA PARTY what religious faith they associated with, and surprisingly(?) nearly 98% were either Christian or Evangelical Christian. I think this would qualify as a group diametrically apposed to the Muslim Faith.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Jeff
      How could anybody get the impression that the Tea Party is anti-muslim?
      Maybe from such nice people as Mark Williams, chairman of the Tea Party Express, who commented on the Ground Zero mosque as follows:
      "The monument would consist of a Mosque for the worship of the terrorists' monkey-god". He also referred to President Obama "an Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug and a racist in chief".
      How about Judson Phillips, found of the Tea Party Nation who believes Muslims should be barred from public office and who actively campaigned against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) because he is a Muslim.

      It must be the liberal, commie media painting prominent Tea Party leaders in a negative light by.... quoting them directly.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • nickc1969

      The Tea Party movement was established around the philosophy that the power of the gov't, especially the central (federal) gov't, should be reined in. That means less spending, less confiscation of the people's money, and less commanding everyone how to run their lives and their businesses, period. People like Richard Allen Greene can't point to the charter of one significant TP organization that bashes Muslims; they just like to assume that for any position they hold, the TP is on the other side. See a doctor about your paranoia.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Martin T

      @ Nick, that is very similar to the ARGUMENT made by some of the Muslim Americans.. and yet... we see.. this... hmmmm.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      In Jeff's defence, just because the Tea Party is made up of a majority of Christians, it doesn't mean that it is anti-Muslim. That's from the 100% crazy. There is still no correlation between crazy and religion...432.97% of religologists say so (it seems a bit hi, but I asked a few people more than once).

      September 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  13. Stacey

    oops, it's still early in my time zone, I meant to say the "silence" of Muslim voices is deafening when it comes to 9/11 and other atrocities committed in the name of their god. Their silence means they implicitly agree with the violence-murder. They flock here to live comfortable, reasonably safe lives, and to take advantage of all America has to offer, yet they are silent when it comes to facing the real truth about their beliefs of how their so-called "faith" is to be spread and anyone reading their "holy book", can read for for themselves that it is to be spread by death, if necessary, and that is the simple truth that CNN and so many people just don't want to accept. (if you type the work "muslim" on this comment site, it will have the little red line under it wanting you to capitalize the word. However, if you type the word "christian", it doesn't. What a bunch of left centered crap!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • Martin T

      @Stacey – What evidence do you present as proof of your statement about silence meaning implicit agreement with the 911 attacks? I believe that the silence of many Muslims would be the opposite, IF they were truly in favor of the act, you can bet this segment of the population would be quite vocal concerning their approval. What many Muslim Americans are doing is what all Americans want to do, simply LIVE their lives in relative comfort and quiet. Many of the Muslim Americans I have known, do not wear their religion on their garments any more than MOST Christian Americans do. Think about it, MOST of the vocal Christians are Evangelical and absolutely annoying.... Just like MOST of the Muslims who are vocal are Pro-Taliban or Al Queda....

      August 30, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • Martin T

      @ Stacey, READ your own "book" and you will find that there are passages in the OT that speak of killing those who are not of like faith.
      Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT
      Exodus 22:19 NAB
      Zechariah 13:3 NAB

      And my favorite: Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him." (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)

      August 30, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • *SIGH*

      So Stacy, your silence against proposed assassinations of the President of the United States, means you implicitly approve that the highest office in America should be open to assassination?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • lisa

      Why can't we 'like' comments here? Anyway, I agree with you MartinT!

      August 30, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • Martin T

      Thank you, Lisa...

      August 30, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • RStev

      You're right on Stacey

      August 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Johnny Quest

      Bravo Stacey! I didn't hear anything either!!! But my iPod was pretty loud...there might have been something...oh well, "I" didn't hear it or see it, so it didn't happen...like evolution...and girls passing gas...it doesn't happen!!!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  14. MikeC

    Um just another reason to not trust polls. Asking someone if they believe in killing the same people asking the question is kind of ridiculous. The fact that they got some people to say yes is kind of scary. I have nothing against Islam. We worship the same God but I do have issue when more and more it is turning into a holy war. This is starting to become a never ending circle. We as Americans could pull every troop out of every Muslim Country and I still believe we would be attacked regardless. People need someone to blame for their short commings. And I think its getting dangerous when they start getting tired of killing themselves. So I say God Bless the good ones and God Pray for a quick death for the others.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • Stacey

      Agree 100%

      August 30, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • David Daniels

      And ours isn't a holy war somehow? Even your post prays that God bring quick death unto them.

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

      really? I'm pretty sure our occupation of several Muslim countries and our propping up of their dictators didn't exactly earn us brownie points with them. Might want to reassess your thinking, our invading their countries and meddling in their countries may have a little to do with why they aren't big fans of the US of A (we were in the ME long before 9/11).

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

      Is it Christian to wish death upon people?

      August 30, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • John

      I dont know what God you worship Mike, but as an Arab Christian I can tell you the Muslim god is not the same God as the Christians!

      We might Call God – Allah in Arabic but the Chraractristics of the God (Allah) is not the same in both religions.

      Some of the 99 names of allah are

      Al Motakabir (The one full of Pride) – AKA Satans name
      Al Makir/ Daleel (The Great Deceiver/trickster) – Aka Satans name

      Allah Sends the devils to torment the disbelievers – "Do you not see that We have sent the devils upon the disbelievers, inciting them to [evil] with [constant] incitement?" – Quran 19:83 (Surat Mariam)

      If allah sends the devils to do his work who sends the angels?

      August 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Johnny Quest

      Today I learned that "John" is an Arabic name, and that everyone on the internet tells the truth and fact checks before posting.

      John...my kids were gonna bring me in to talk to their class, but your knowledge is WAY more interesting than the fake story I was gonna tell them about me baing an astronaut cowboy...can you take my place?

      By the way, my kids are 35.

      September 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  15. Jasper Ilkway

    Nice....here is why – Obama approval rating is 38% – Muslims approve him by 70% –

    August 30, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      HOLY SHANKIES!!! You found the connection!!! This is the new Da Vinci Code!!! Is your name really Dan Brown? You can tell me Dan, I won't tell anyone!

      One request, can you add a vampire and a boy wizard in your next book! It'll sell like HOT CAKES!

      September 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  16. paul

    Khan, none of those people you mention go on killing rampages on others. So far only muslims Blow-Up. Violent and Vile people...

    August 30, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      Made a very strong effort to ex term in ate Kurds, Armenians, Serbs .. and the same in Chechnya .. same in Mindinao .. same verywhere

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

      You realize that Kurds and Chechens are Muslims right? And Chechens are persecuted by Russians.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  17. Stacey

    What a bunch of it. As an American woman, I wouldn't dare to go to a Muslim country for safety reasons. I am not religious and find that most organised religions are full of hypocrites, and this includes Christians too. The sound of Muslim voices living in America is deafening when it come to 9/11 and other atrocities. If they really believe in freedom then why don't we ever hear of one of their Imans coming out against violence and terrorism. Good try CNN, but I'm not buying any of it!

    August 30, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      CNN and NPR gets paid well (bilions) from oil finances promuslim foundations

      August 30, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • *SIGH*

      Poor try Stacey. I did a google search and here is the FIRST result: http://kurzman.unc.edu/islamic-statements-against-terrorism/

      Sounds like to me you are a fraud. If you post anything here again that isn't full agreement with me, you automatically agree to be a fraud who hates America.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  18. George

    Hold on. This report says that 20 percent of American Muslims support suicide bombings and support extremism ...How is this going to improve the perception of American Muslims? Also, Homeland Security had best find out who these 20 percent are and get them out of the country. If there are five million Muslims in America that means there are a million who support the extremists.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

      and if there are 50 million? and the other 80 percent favor ethnic cleansing and mass gr aves

      August 30, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Nils

      actually it doesn't say 20% are in favor of extremisi, it says 20% believe THERE IS support for it, not that they supprt it but that somewhere someone supports it. Read a little closer and think about what it says.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:24 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      C'mon Homeland Security!
      With unfetterred access to all communications in the country and the authority to detain and question anyone you want for no publically stated reason whatsoever, you should be throwing anyone with brown skin into GitMo!
      Ressurrect the House Un-American Activities Committee!
      If Joe McCarthy were here today, he'd be prosecuting Muslims, not Commies!

      August 30, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  19. 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 8:05 am |
    • RightTurnClyde

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      August 30, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  20. Ldao

    Actually, most of the suicide bombs and attacks going on these days are targeted at other muslims. Not sure why Christians are so scared, aside from 9/11 the largest attacks by terrorist are against fellow muslims. As for Christianity being an open and accepting religion, have we already forgotten about the inquisition? It was during the dark ages when Western Europe was in a period of utter and total religious rule by the Catholic Church and all other religions were banned, that the greatest areas of acceptance and learning were in the Middle East in Islamic countries. Religions, like everything else, will go through many phases, and unfortunately those phases are almost always driven by the extremist.

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

      Uh, Ldao, it's not the dark ages anymore in case you haven't noticed. Suicide bombings are going on now by muslim extremists, not the inquisitions. Of course we should not forget the inquisitions and they haven't been forgotten. Overall the muslim community has been deafeningly silent in response to extremism as this article points out there is still way too much "understanding" for it. I am happy to hear the muslims in America are feeling more comfortable. That shows tolerance which I hope will increase. I truly want them to be happy here.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Andrea

      thank you. your comment gives me a little hope for the world. and no, it's not the dark ages anymore, but Christianity is still FAR from being accepting. Jesus was a great man and would hate to see what his followers have turned into.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Fala

      It just arm my heart when someone with a hyphenated name is happy especially America hating muslims. After 9/11 and all themother atrocities committed I will never trust them, and don't want to be around them. The ones I am forced to be around via work all lie and when you catch them they just laugh, no shame at all.

      August 30, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • lisa

      Fala – can we say generalization? Muslim last names are just a fraction of hyphenated last names in this world, so I dont know where you're going with that one. And because you work with a few irresponsible ones, you can safely assume that all Muslims are like that? Are all the non-Muslims you work with saints? My boss from Russia is a huge a++++++++ but I would never ever ever assume all other Russians are like that. Because I am not ignorant. Let's not judge 1.5 billion people based on the actions of a fraction. It get just as annoyed when I travel abroad and people accuse me of voting for GW Bush and/or are stunned that I dont weight 250 pounds.

      August 30, 2011 at 9:08 am |
    • Johnny Quest

      Forget the inquisition, have you seen any of the posts on this article? 😀

      September 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
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