An expert on suicide bombers and why they do what they do will deliver the keynote address next Sunday at the annual awards dinner of the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Robert Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, argues that suicide bombings are usually orchestrated by people seeking political goals and are seldom motivated by Islam or any other religion.

His appearance comes in the wake of a recent nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center that found the vast majority of American Muslims reject extremist views and enjoy American life. The survey also revealed, however, that a percentage of mostly younger Muslims believe suicide terrorism is sometimes acceptable. (It can be found at

The fifth annual banquet and fund-raiser, called “American Muslims: Connecting & Sharing,” begins at 4:30 p.m. next Sunday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Independence. For reservations, call 216-830-2247.


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