MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: IN THIS TOGETHER
Those who feel threatened by the millions of Muslims in America (with their mosques, hijabs and Allahu Akbars) need to take a moment to read the new survey on Muslim Americans done by the Pew Research Center. It shows that we have much in common.
Survey results show a population that is "highly assimilated into American society. With the exception of very recent immigrants ... a large proportion of their closest friends are non-Muslims." And 63 percent of Muslim Americans feel they can remain devout while living in a "modern society.". . .
Naturally, most will take away one stat from the survey -- that one in four young Muslims would condone suicide bombing in defense of Islam under certain circumstances. The results also show, though, that only 13 percent felt that suicide bombings against civilian targets can be justified ("Often," "Sometimes" and "Rarely"), with only 1 percent saying that such attacks were "Often" justifiable. Still, let's try a little experiment. Replace "suicide bombings" with just "bombings" and "religion" with "freedom" and what you have are the beliefs of (at least) one in four Americans. According to yet another survey, this one done by University of Maryland's Program on International Public Attitudes, 24 percent of Americans believe that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" are "often or sometimes justified." We're all the same, for better or worse.