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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. bip

    Muslims are taught to lie to nonbelievers so I do not trust one thing they say. They are ridiculous.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • dre

      Spot on!

      August 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  2. nik green

    Was this a poll of Muslims who were sound asleep? Perhaps this wasn't a real poll at all. It has been US policy for decades, and especially since the Bush Jr. presidency, to arbitrarily target Muslim both at home and abroad.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Big Bob

      Go back in time little fellow. You'll fine we warred with Islam as far back as the 1700's. Or just believe what you want to believe since they obviously don't teach history in school anymore.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Big Bob

      I think you'll also find that many currently muslim countries were formally Christian, Hindu, Zorostrastrian etc.
      What do you think happened to them? I know, I know: It's Bushes fault!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Peter

      Big Bob: Just curious. How many Muslim-Americans do you know?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Reality

      There are many enclaves of Muslims who shun contact with US towns and people, living in villages that follow strict Sharia law. These people don't bring ANYTHING to the table to make America better. It are these groups of isolationists that should be rooted out and returned to their homeland. If you aren't going to be a positive contributor to American Society then you are a burden, and burdens should be thrown out like trash.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Big Bob

    Maybe 2 million in the whole USA. Not a day goes by that you don't write numerous articles on Muslim violence all around the world and yet you continue to write willfully blind feel good articles like this.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Sue

      The muslims in and around Northern Virginia are the most racist, hateful bunch of people I've ever run into. to them, if you aren't a mohammadist you are not even human. You experience on the roads and in shopping malls. They generally are vile bile. So this story hides much of the truth about this devil cult in the US.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Peter

      What do Muslim fringe radicals have to do with my sister-in-law and her family who have been here for 50 years, are American citizens, pay taxes, and are law abiding members of the community? Gosh, all those White Power groups in the USA claim to be "Christian" and the KKK burns the cross of Jesus Christ on the lawn of someone they don't like? Should I fear all Christians?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Big Bob

      Hi Peter!

      I have to answer you this way because there is no reply button on your question. I live in Passaic County in NJ. The county has one of the largest concentrations of Muslims in the US. I know them by the handful. There are about 12 in the campus that I work in. The segragate themselves from everyone else and they separate themselves by gender. I ask them about there religion and most of them desire a muslim ruled world. They just wouldn't be willing to crash planes into buildings to achieve it. I'm also a cancer survivior. My Radiation doctor's name was Doctor Saud. I was a much younger man at the time and this was before 911. He was a very kind man, but, although it meant nothing to me at the time, he was constantly telling me that Islam was the best way to live ones life and that I should "revert" and get me family to do the same.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  4. Steve

    From everything I have read and experienced Muslims do not in anyway fit in with western culture and never will, it should be plainly obvious to everyone. Deport them all back to the middle east I'll help.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Peter

      Deport 5th generation American citizens back to a country they never came from? Come on, Gomer. Get off the farm once in a while.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  5. Big Bob

    CNN in denial! Just continue to Pander, pander, pander. You won't be spared.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • BRB San Deigo

      Even the muslims are in denial. They know very well that their monetary support of mosques and other muslim groups goes directly to the terror networks. You just can't have it both ways. Smile in your face while stabbing your back – we won't be fooled again.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  6. Jay

    It's said , if you can't defeat your enemies, make them your friends, the civilized society should make the Muslims understand that Islam is all about hate and enlighten them with humanity , in short convert them !!

    August 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Reality

      Muslims came to the US to escape the muslim on muslim hatred and violence. Sad thing is they are bringing the very things they are trying to escape with them.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  7. B17

    That US Muslims believe they have it better here than anywhere else in the world, speaks volumes about their religion. Why do they hang on to a religion of hate? US Muslims should be 100% behind anti-terrorism efforts. If they are not they are at best hypocrites and at worst terrorist sympathizers.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • paperjihad

      Not a religion of hate.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Harrassed

      People of all religions are better off in America. The Muslims in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria are fighting for a government like ours. As the first and greatest of all Republican presidents said, we have "a government of the people, by the people, and for the people."

      August 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  8. Matt

    Send them all back

    August 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Darth Vadik, CA

      They are born here you idiot, cant send them back any more than we could send you...

      ...though your a$$ deserves to be sent away more than any Muslim out there..

      August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Normon

      All who, immigrants? That would practically empty the US... native Americans / American Indians might like it though.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Normon

      Oh, wait they moved here in 10,000 BCE didn't they.
      Okay, everyone out!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • nadine

      We should also send the idiot named DARTH VADIK (one of the bloggers below you) he likes to lick Muslim a$$.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Peter

      Yes, they were BORN here, Einstein. Maybe we should send all 5th generation Europeans back to countries which they never visited, too.

      What the hell is wrong with you?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  9. Voltairine

    I've had no reason to suspect that any Muslims, American or otherwise, are better or worse than anybody else. I'm pleased that they can see through the racism and intolerance of some and know that most people, including Americans, are both okay people and okay with them. Though I'm an Atheist, I cherish diversity.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  10. Giuseppe

    I don't understand why they insist on wearing headgear that identifies them as Muslim and then whine and complain about it. I don't wear an Italian flag on my head.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • Anothermuse

      I'll bet you don't have to...

      August 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • adam

      My parents were from Poland and I carry a polish sausage in my pants.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • gayjesus

      You don't need to. People can smell an Italian coming from quite a ways off.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Kris

      I agree with you 100%. They are the ones that try to shove their muslim ways in our face and come to this country with all their demands. If they don't like it they can get the he** out : )

      August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Yeah!
      Like those Jews and their Yarmulkes, Sikhs and their turbans, shriners and their fezzes, Buddhists and their bao-tzus, Zoroastrians and their fentas or the catholics and their system of hierarchical haberdashery?

      Remove the hat, remove the hate!

      August 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • NorCalMojo

      Exactly. She's 27 and started wearing the headscarf in her early 20's. That doesn't sound like someone who feels persecuted to me, that sounds like someone who wants to claim the coveted victim status.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  11. SCOTO

    I fear that the Muslim population face an uphill battle in this country to get trusted. The perception amongst too many Americans is that they have remained far too silent on the terrorist elements using their religion to attack us. No public marches, demonstrations etc. Organizations like CAIR does them no good either by the constant victim hood claims they make.
    A great pity.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Anothermuse

      Your talking about groups and media portrayal. I think they are talking about thier neighbors and the average joe on the street. Maybe some people hate groups, but most find ways to like or at least live with individuals.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  12. EastCoastMike

    I've got to agree with Peter King here....70% against Al Queada is not really an encouraging number. That tells me that 30% are either hipocrites or terrorists.....and for the sake of our country I hope they're hipocrites.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • paperjihad

      Mr. King also says 80 percent of the mosques in this country support radicalism. I'd like to know where he gets his figures, but it seems he's more interested in making a name for himself than fact finding. There are several million Muslims in this country, and an average of six plots uncovered every year. Half of those plots involve only a single individual, most likely some self-recruited loner. The statistics clearly demonstrate al-Qaida's calls to enlist are not finding traction in the US Muslim community. In fact, a significant percentage of those plots were reported to law enforcement by Muslims themselves, sometimes by their own family members (such as that Somali kid who tried to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony...his own father reported him). Some communities have been so concerned about extremists in their midst that they've reported individuals who turned out to be FBI agent provocateurs, such as Craig Monteilh in California, and Darren Griffin in Ohio.

      I don't believe King for a minute, and neither should any other reasonable individual.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • The Lambly Winged Lion of The Gods Does Roar

      Muslims in the U.S.A. whose children go thru the same "public" school systems along with otherly American's children is the stomping grounds whereupon the whispers of the oncoming outer-girded ages will be determined. It )public schools) is the U.S.A.'s "proving-grounds" before such becomes likened to being the "saturationed-grounds" of civility' growths within the allmightiness of capitalist regulative socialisms.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • gayjesus

      These "public" schools have obviously "failed" you as "evident" by your "obvious" lack of "intelligence"

      August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  13. gliese42

    We have a nuclear time bomb if those calculation are correct. God bless America

    August 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Martin T

      Where are these so called bombs coming from?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • gliese42

      Major Nidal Hassan, Times square bombert... who just got his greencard and many more. Bye

      August 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Matt

      AMEN!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • paperjihad

      So in your book, might makes for superior ethics?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  14. CJ

    "My loyalty is to God, then humanity. Not God, then country – God, then humanity."

    Not bad, but perhaps "My loyalty is to humanity," and all of you, especially the nutcrack Americans on here, keep your gods in your heads and away from the billion of us trying to do good here and now.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Nah

      cj: "Not bad, but perhaps "My loyalty is to humanity," and all of you, especially the nutcrack Americans on here, keep your gods in your heads and away from the billion of us trying to do good here and now."

      And if putting God first means putting humanity first - by doing good and helping others - what cause do you have for complaint?

      Other than, of course, because you're a militant atheist and intolerant of all things religious.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • CJ

      If putting god first does indeed perform what you suggest, of course that's good. My parents and millions of others do it that way every day.

      Its just the 95% that don't. Who serve themselves only under the cover of godliness. Who hate incessantly. Read these boards, nearly all the horrid comments are from god people. Sorry, evidence is all against you. (Oh, you don't like evidence though?)

      August 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Nah

      cj: "Its just the 95% that don't. Who serve themselves only under the cover of godliness. Who hate incessantly. Read these boards, nearly all the horrid comments are from god people. Sorry, evidence is all against you. (Oh, you don't like evidence though?)"

      Brilliant conclusory statement.

      You'll find many comments from trolls, fundamentalists, and, yes, atheists all as intolerant and bigoted as the next. The fact that you (seem to) hold up atheists as paragons of virtue is evidence of your own dogmatism and blind partisanship.

      Good job?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • The Lambly Winged Lion of The Gods Does Roar

      CJ,,,,,,,,,,,, a "billion" of us is but a worded moderation of atheist conglumeration of liscentious liturgies. What a bold-faced liar you are CJ!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Nah

      cj: It's great how CNN keeps censoring posts for no reason.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Nah

      CJ: "trying to do good here and now."

      Hmm..and what reason do you have to do "good" in the absence of a god? After all, if doing wrong benefits you and brings you pleasure, why not rob, ra- pe and kill whenever you can get away with it?

      Continued...

      August 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Darth Vadik, CA

      How is that different from 50+% of Christian Americans who say God then country???

      August 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Reality

      @ Nah – No because violence is allowed to defend your view of god according to muhammedism. You worship my way or you are dead. It's right there in plain writing, no veiled threats.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  15. Nah

    laughing: "I'm fairly certain you missed the part about John Stewart being a COMEDIAN! It's not his fault that republicans are incredibly more hypocritical and give him a lot more fodder than dems."

    Not really. Your argument was that Jon Stewart is 1) not a liberal "talking head", and 2) that because he makes fun of Republicans, Republicans must therefore be bad.

    However, what you seemed to miss is that because Stewart is liberal, and caters to a liberal audience, the fact that he makes fun of Republicans more than Democrats is par for the course.

    It could mean Republicans are "more hypocritical", and so easier to make fun of, or it could mean (and most likely does mean) that he treats his own party with kid gloves, while excoriating his opposition.

    "Watch the show, he'll make fun of any politician or newscaster if they say ridiculous stuff, because he caters to an audience that likes comedy. If anyone watches his show as their sole news outlet then they aren't getting the real news."

    Good job at shooting yourself in the foot.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Laughing

      @nah

      What are you blathering about? Do I need to make the word Comedian in all caps and bold? He's on comedy central dude, his show is supposed to be funny. If more liberals watch it, I guess its because a) liberals have a sense of humor and b) fox demonizes him so much that people are afraid to watch (fox is really good with fear tactics you know).

      What are your thoughts on Stephen Colbert? I mean, John Stewart is the liberal newsanchor and stephen plays a right-wing pundent going after all dem ideals, and yet do I see CNN, MSNBC or other dem media outlets howling with rage that he's a right-wing nut job who is unfairly criticizing the left? NO! Because dems know its comedy and shouldn't be taken seriously. Maybe John Stewart just hits too close to home, I don't know.

      How pray tell did I shoot myself in the foot? Because I said anyone who solely watched the Daily Show as their news outlet is an idiot? Well that's a true statement, so I fail to see how I bloodied my foot.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Steve

      Jon Stewart doesn't hate all Republicans nor make fun of all of them. Watch the skit about Ron Paul, he understands that Ron Paul is the only man saying that radical Muslims attacks not because of who we are, but our policy, as OBL puts it, "Those who kill our innocent and women, we kill their innocent and women."

      August 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
    • Anothermuse

      Stewart is actually a left leaning centrist and doesn't claim otherwise. Even admits his comedy will have that tilt to it. It's a comedy show and geared towards a younger crowd that typically is idealistic and thinks they lean left as well. (they don't get their true opinions till they actually have to do something in life). I'm right leaning and still find Stewart one of the best places to get all the news in perspective...ok, maybe that's a little overselling, but I still think you can learn more in a 10 minute Stewart sketch than watching any of the so called news casts, and that includes the left and right

      August 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Nah

      laughing: "He's on comedy central dude, his show is supposed to be funny. If more liberals watch it, I guess its because a) liberals have a sense of humor and b) fox demonizes him so much that people are afraid to watch (fox is really good with fear tactics you know)."

      Please re-read the comments. If the points go over your head, there's no helping you.

      'i don't see how that bloodied my foot'

      Because it shows that the inferences you made - i.e., that Jon Stewart is "not" liberal and Republicans are "bad", because Stewart makes fun of them - were unwarranted.

      Your beliefs were defeated. Get over it.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Laughing

      So the fact that you implied an arguement that I never made and said I'm wrong means my beliefs are wrong?

      Nah, I think you need to watch the show first before making judgements, OK?
      I didn't say John Stewart isn't liberal, he is, an unabashedly so, but the weird part is, on a comedy central show that is presenting comedic material doesn't really have to be unbaised, unlike say a news station like Fox that wants to present real news in a serious manner, the onus is on them to be fair and balanced (which they aren't). John Stewart on the otherhand has the luxury of being a comedian and so can say whatever he wants. I think you're not understanding my point beacuse you refuse to respond to it, but john stewart is comedian....... lets say it again, john stewart......is a comedian. I hope that i've said it enough times for it to show up on your radar at this point.

      As for reublicans being "bad", I said no such thing. I said that republicans give john stewart more fodder because of a lot of hypocritical things they air. Keep in mind, when you have groups like the tea party, people like hannity and a slew of footage from fox saying things like "The liberal elite and media is picking on the conservatives again" that flows right into "the cowardly left seems to hate freedom" it's sort of hard NOT to at least point out what they're saying and how crazy it is when you put it all together.

      You still have yet to even broach the subject of Stephen Colbert, why is that I wonder?

      Sorry nah, you wouldn't know good journalism if it hit you in the face

      August 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Nah22

      laughing: "So the fact that you implied an arguement that I never made and said I'm wrong means my beliefs are wrong?"

      In fact, I quoted what you said.

      You drew the conclusion that Republicans - as you admit below - are "more hypocritical" than Democrats because Jon Stewart makes fun of them more. And yet you seem to fail to realize that perhaps he makes fun of Republicans more than Democrats is simply because *gasp* Jon Stewart "is" a Democrat.

      It's natural to disparage your opposition, especially when you have a liberal comedy show that (once again) caters to liberal viewers.

      "Nah, I think you need to watch the show first before making judgements, OK?
      I didn't say John Stewart isn't liberal, he is, an unabashedly so, but the weird part is, on a comedy central show that is presenting comedic material doesn't really have to be unbaised, unlike say a news station like Fox that wants to present real news in a serious manner, the onus is on them to be fair and balanced (which they aren't)."

      You're right, and yet this is irrelevant to the point you were making. Namely, that Republicans are "more hypocritical" or stupid because Jon Stewart makes fun of them.

      It's a fallacious argument. Get over it.

      "the onus is on them to be fair and balanced (which they aren't)."

      And how are they not, pray tell, "fair and balanced"?

      We've been over this before. You're fair and balanced when you let the opposition say their piece and then debate you. Just because you have political views of your own, and they may make you biased, has no bearing on that fact.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • Laughing

      Nah, you make my head hurt with your intense stupidity and pigheadness.

      "You drew the conclusion that Republicans – as you admit below – are "more hypocritical" than Democrats because Jon Stewart makes fun of them more. And yet you seem to fail to realize that perhaps he makes fun of Republicans more than Democrats is simply because *gasp* Jon Stewart "is" a Democrat." ..."You're right, and yet this is irrelevant to the point you were making. Namely, that Republicans are "more hypocritical" or stupid because Jon Stewart makes fun of them."

      First, I don't understand what got lost in translation that I ever said John Stewart wasn't a dem, sorry to have confused your tiny brain but lets be clear here, John Stewart is a liberal. There I said it!
      Second, why exactly do you equate hypocritical and stupid? If your mind jumps to that conclusion, that isn't my fault. John Stewart makes fun of the hypocrisy of the media. When you have fox doing most of the heavy lifting in that area, John Stewart only calls it like he sees it. Sorry if that upsets you, but on a comedy show based purely on opinion, liberal opinion, I'm confused why it upsets you so much? Personally I watch both John Stewart and Stephen Colbert because they make hilarious observations on the ridiculousness that is news media and politics, both republican and democrat respectively.

      I honestly can't believe you asked how Fox isn't fair and balanced again, but let me make it clear to you, If fox were a slightly conservative leaning news station that allowed fair and balanced debate then this debate would be moot, however Fox doesn not allow fair debate and only pushes the GOP talking points. I think the only thing that fox is probably fair and balanced on is the news (Oh wait, I seem to remember a newscaster claiming the heat index was a liberal conspiracy..... I guess that comment goes right out the window).

      Nah, you have a floundering argument at best. It's sad to think that you have such faith in fox news that you can't even enjoy comedy. Laugh once in a while, I do everyday.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • J.W

      Nah like I said making and argument then insulting the person you are arguing does not make your argument more valid.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  16. T1Brit

    70 % are against Al Qaeda ? What about the other 30 % ? There are SIX MILLION of them.
    Does that mean 1,800,000 of them do support it? Four out of five are against suicide bombing?
    That leaves 1,200,000 who are not against it? Senator King is right ! It only takes a few to cause devastation.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Martin T

      HOW many Muslim Americans have ever attacked the US? HOW many Christians have blown up Federal Buildings?? How many Christian Americans have assassinated Presidents?

      August 30, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Reality

      Some elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 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

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in 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,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.
      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.
      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011

      August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  17. frasier6670

    This is not THEIR COUNTRY. This country belongs to the people who were born here and why wouldn't they like it here with our liberal government giving foreigners more rights and freedoms than their own people. Disgusting.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Martin T

      MANY Muslim Americans WERE born HERE, it IS their country as much as it is YOURS.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • CJ

      Nobody said it was their country. It isn't yours or mine either. Assuming you're black or white, you either came here and stole the land or were forced here. When you leave, they might too. I'll come also.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > This is not THEIR COUNTRY. This country belongs to the people who were born here and why wouldn't they like it here with our liberal government giving foreigners more rights and freedoms than their own people. Disgusting.

      When will you be asking for USA to be returned to native north americans. You know, like the cree.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Nah

      cj: "Nobody said it was their country. It isn't yours or mine either. Assuming you're black or white, you either came here and stole the land or were forced here. When you leave, they might too. I'll come also."

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but all humans on the American continents "came here" or stole the land of the people who came here.

      That's right. Indians fought each other and stole land just like whites.

      So who is the rightful owner?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • Martin T

      I beg to differ with some of you, but even the Native Americans came here from somewhere, we all imigrated from somewhere, well our ancestors did. This is actually OUR country by today's standards and laws.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • Mary

      Your disgusting and hateful!!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
    • Vlad

      This country does not belong to people who were born here, but to its citizens! #knowthedifference

      August 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • JRJNYC

      So, when did your family come to North America...or are you a native American Indian? There are many multi-generational natural born US citizens who are Muslim...this country belongs to its citizens, whether they were born here or became US citizens through the naturalization process.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • CJ

      Standards and laws put in place by 'us.'...hypocritically. If that's your yardstick, you're welcome to it.

      Nah – all people fight, sure. What's that got to do with the preposterous claim this is 'his' or 'your' country. A tiny sliver of WASP immigrants have run this place for a brief century or so. That is changing now, as hispanics rightfully repopulate it. And as global immigrants diversify it, not only due to, but mainly due to, American/Western economic exploitation that has impoverished their homelands, giving them no option but to move here and confront dipsticks like you and frasier while they try to get ahead.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Erik

      Muslims are part of our community, lives, government....... FAMILY!!! They are not leaving. Neither are blacks or hispanics or teabaggers or gays or whatevers. We FAMILY stick together. Want to be a hater have fun. You are family too.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Mary

      @frasier667...America belonged and always will belong to Native Americans (you ignorant fool)!!!! You people (mostly European pigs) came here and stole this land from them!!!! All kinds of religious fanatics, serial killers, molesters....basically the worst of Europe came here looking for a new life because they were not wanted in Europe!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's not forget that they were starving and backwards!!!!!! Pick up a book or read (it's free) before you speak non-sense about this country belonging to anyone who's not white, european, christian (and crazy) like you!!!!! Mexican's are native americans....they are from this part fo the world!!! So are all Latin Americans for that matter. Go back to Europe (if that's where your from)!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Nah

      cj: "That is changing now, as hispanics rightfully repopulate it."

      Evidently reading comprehension isn't your forte.

      Because most "hispanics" are of mixed European and Indian descent, how can you claim they can "rightfully repopulate" the U.S. or any of the Americas?

      Because the whites stole their land?

      Except that argument shoots itself in the foot, doesn't it? After all, the Native Americans came here from elsewhere, and many of them stole each other's land besides.

      Or does it fall on racial lines? That so long as you're Indian, stealing your neighboring tribe's land is acceptable and makes you the rightful owner?

      That's brilliant.

      'make our own hypocritical laws about property'

      Nah.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • Anothermuse

      So only native americans, sorry for you the term is injuns, are real Americans?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • CJ

      Mary – read my posts. I'm trying to educate these patriot dopes.

      But, your comment – european pigs? – makes me want to give up. You really think that helps?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • CJ

      Nah, I can't argue anymore with one of my students' knowledge, so I'll leave you with: natives came here 10-30,000 years ago. For you to assign equivalence to that fact with you/your likes very recent immigration is laughable.

      And if you do, then you must accept that more recent immigrants, ie. Muslims, are just like you. Immigrants who just came.

      Natives – came 15k yrs ago. WASPs – 100-200. Muslims 30 yrs ago (Which group are you alike? Hard math I know)

      August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • Nah22

      cj: "natives came here 10-30,000 years ago. For you to assign equivalence to that fact with you/your likes very recent immigration is laughable."

      Nice non-sequitur.

      So the longer a person has been in an area, the greater claim they have over it?

      You're also missing a key point: your argument rests on whites having "stolen" land to which they were not native. However, that begs the question: what about the Indians who stole land in territorial wars?

      Much less, your conclusion that hispanics have a "right" to repopulate Northern America contradicts your explicit beliefs. How? Because most "hispanics" are of partial European descent.

      If their European blood makes them incapable of "owning" the land they "stole", how can they ever rightfully repopulate it?

      You're floundering, CJ.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      @Mary,

      "America belonged and always will belong to Native Americans (you ignorant fool)!!!! You people (mostly European pigs) came here and stole this land from them!!!! "

      Native Americans had no system of ownership. You can't steal anything from someone who doesn't own anything. Did the Europeans do horrible things to them? Yes, of course. No one is denying that. Regardless of all this, it hasn't been "Native American land" for well over 200 years. It never will be again. So ya might as well quit cavetching about it.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Nah22

      cj: "And if you do, then you must accept that more recent immigrants, ie. Muslims, are just like you. Immigrants who just came."

      Nah. I never said Muslims have no right to be in the U.S.

      That you assume I did shows the shallow depths of your intelligence, though, doesn't it?

      🙂

      August 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Normon

      We are all, every one of us humans, are ultimately Africans.

      @Mary,
      Apparently, most Mexicans are mostly European, "58% Caucasian." Not that it matters.
      "A study presented by the American Society of Human Genetics found that on average, Mexicans (from Mexico) are 58.96% Caucasian, 36.05% "Asian" (Native American), and 05.03% Black, and 80% of Mexicans were classes as mestizos (racially mixed in any degree)." (Wikipedia, not that it's a primary source.)

      August 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • BG

      CJ said: " That is changing now, as hispanics rightfully repopulate it. And as global immigrants diversify it, not only due to, but mainly due to, American/Western economic exploitation that has impoverished their homelands..."

      Ahh. There's the agenda showing it's nasty little ass. At least CJ has the cajones to say it outright instead of beating around the bush and taunting christians. So, 'Down with America,' redistribute its wealth, get rid of the greedy WASPs and brown up the population. Great plan. You obviously want the U.S.to turn into a cesspool just like Mexico and the ME.

      Good luck with that.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  18. Nah

    damian: "While I may not agree with everything that Obama does or says, I do believe he is facing stonewalling from the GOP/Tea Party, the likes of which hasn't been seen."

    Right. Like when the Democrats did nothing but try to hinder Bush's policies and plans.

    "No other President has had to deal with the government teetering on the edge of financial default like he has. And that's just one example. This is a blatant attempt to stop Obama from doing what he believes will help America. But perhaps that is only my perception."

    No other Congress has had to deal with such an enormous debt, either.

    Much less, if the Republicans believe (or know) that Obama's plans will not help America, then they have every right (and obligation) to try to stop them. The same is true for Democrats against Republican presidents.

    Whether Obama genuinely believes he's "helping" is irrelevant.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Vlad

      Congress had to deal with a higher debt (as a % of GDP) in 1948
      look it up, son

      August 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Nah22

      vlad: "Congress had to deal with a higher debt (as a % of GDP) in 1948
      look it up, son"

      Brilliant argument. The GDP was depressed at the end of the war, and the government has debt due to the war.

      Much less, that fact is irrelevant to whether or not the U.S.'s total debt is unmanageable.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      To be honest, Nah, I believe we should get rid of both parties. Neither one of them is looking out for the common man. The Democrats are in the unions' pockets, the Republicans are in the corporations' pockets and everyone who is part of neither just gets raked over the coals.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • gayjesus

      Didn't the war increase production and therefore increase GDP...I believe that it might have been the catalyst that finally got us out of the great depression. Aren't we in TWO wars right now?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Laughing

      @gayjesus

      Yeah, Bush, the best (see: sarcasm) president we've had in years somehow got us into 2 wars, and still mired us in extreme recession. He sure did have a way with failing in style.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Nah22

      ga: "Didn't the war increase production and therefore increase GDP...I believe that it might have been the catalyst that finally got us out of the great depression. Aren't we in TWO wars right now?"

      We were talking about the end of the war, when there was a flood of workers on the market (returning soldiers) and factories were no longer producing war time products.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Nah22

      laughing: "Yeah, Bush, the best (see: sarcasm) president we've had in years somehow got us into 2 wars, and still mired us in extreme recession. He sure did have a way with failing in style."

      And Obama has kept the U.S. in two wars and increased the national debt by 50%, while proposing to spend trillions more the U.S. doesn't have.

      So now, who is worse than who?

      Your dogmatism is showing through again.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • J.W

      Obama is getting us out of the wars now at least. Bush would have kept us in these wars forever.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • fred

      In case no one has noticed the swings in the business cycle and the depth of recessions has increased in proportion to the world moving away from the true God. In case no one has noticed the swings in climate change has increased in proportion to the world moving away from the true God. In case no one has noticed the divisiveness in the world has increased in proportion to the world moving away from the true God.
      It is not about Bush or Obama it is about us and we are no longer united because we no longer believe in one true God.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Nah22

      jw: "Obama is getting us out of the wars now at least. Bush would have kept us in these wars forever."

      Right, and you know this how? Because you're a liberal, Bush was a conservative, therefore Bush is an evil warmonger?

      That's smart. You're smart.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Laughing

      Nah, I think you republican fervor is blinding you, you might want to tone it down a little bit.

      What two wars are we in right now because of Obama? Iraq? – nope. Afghanistan? – nope, Libya – well considering it's a NATO led effort that is for all intensive purposes a civil war, with no American ground troops, pretty sure this doesn't really count. Then again fox says that Obama has gotten us into a war so I guess we got to believe them!

      You should also try and understand how economics sort of work, when the previous president cut taxes for the rich, increased military spending by and INSANE amount, those effects wouldn't be felt for a little bit until another president took office. Then when that president does everything he can to yank us out of recession and reverse those horrific decisions, you have a congress that tries to stonewall at every turn, regardless of how much it hurts the country as long as they win in politics, who cares if the country goes down the tubes, as long as they win right?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  19. Hoofleau

    What a violent and bloodthirsty religion. Will never be welcomed wholeheartedly in the US. Actions speak for themselves. They worship blood, guts, and rolling heads. Gee guys, which way is Mecca?

    August 30, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • Martin T

      Ever tried reading the Christian bible? Talk about bloodthirsty... I am amazed at th ignorance of Christians.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • CJ

      Islam does have some violence in its history, yes. Oh, right, about a third of the most violent crusading delusion ever spread; christianity. History books are really cheap you know.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Derek

      Disgusting, you misrepresent other people because of your own ignorance. Take the Koran out of context and fire up a crusade, but God forbid anyone post some Old Testament verses, you will fall head over heels explaining the difference between Old and New Testament. Paul and Jesus did not angrily condemn every unbeliever, they were calm and rational and understanding.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • fred

      Martin T
      Why call it the Christian Bible? Just capitalize Bible and we all know what your talking about. All other bibles are just that...other bibles. Same with God. Capitalize God and we know it is the true God of the Bible. There is only one true God and one true Bible. All the other gods come off this main truth.
      I am trying to figure out why you and others continue to spread a lie that Christians are blood thirsty. The facts over the past 7,000 years show Christians and Jews the least blood thirsty bunch. Christians are given a bad rap yet their body count is the least of the religious zeolots and technically those taking innocent lives are christian in name only. Christians are to follow Christ so when you see christians that do not turn the other cheek you are speaking of imposters. There have been many a post on this web site showing the atheists that have led others to mass slaughter (Stalin). I would agree only in that men left to their own devises do the most horrible things to each other.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Sun Stevens

      Religious nut-jobs are religious nut-jobs, regardless of which piece of fiction they're reading or which imaginary divine voice they claim to be hearing in their heads.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Mary

      Mecca wouldn't have you!!!

      Read the Torah & Talmud and the Bible (I'm assuming your religious book of reference) and then maybe we can talk (another ignorant american)...no wonder the rest of the world laughes at this country of ignorants!!!!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • fred

      CJ
      In California they legislated all history books be revised again. This time to glorify the works and acheivments of ho mo $exuals. In the 60's all children school history books were revised to eliminate Jesus and the Judeao / Christian God. What makes you think that history books are any more reliable than the Bible? Who is brainwashing who?

      August 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  20. Kris

    Who cares if they are happy with the US or not. If they are not happy they can go back to their own freakin country.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • IslandAtheist

      This is their country.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Martin T

      I love when people just shoot off at the mouth like this guy. IF they are here legally, then they have the same right to be unhappy here as you do. Perhaps IF you are not happy you could go back to where you came from....

      August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • John

      This country belongs to every American citizen, regardless of their religion.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • tintin

      yeah so can the Christians...we are fed up of this abrhamic religions here in the navajo country...

      August 30, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • American

      Your comment shows how ignorant you are...I am a muslim and I feel in my heart that I am a good American so...I can not have any complaint about my life here? If I do not like something as you said "I have to go back to where I came from" so...as long as I pay my taxes and shut up and do not complain! than I am welcome! My friend this is America! all are welcome just like your grand father and grand mother was welcomed once! I am very happy here other than when people like you starts writing or talking.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Normon

      You tell'em, @tintin!

      August 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
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