Friday, August 11, 2006

U.S. Poll: Large Minority Fear, Mistrust Muslims...

Nearly four in 10 Americans admit having feelings of prejudice against Muslims living in the U.S. – and are in favor of having Muslims carry a special ID, a new Gallup poll reveals.

Also, 22 percent of those surveyed said they would not like to have a Muslim as a neighbor.

Among the findings of the late-July USA Today/Gallup poll:
# 31 percent of respondents said they would feel nervous if they noticed a Muslim man on their airplane flight, and 18 percent would feel nervous about a Muslim woman flying with them.

*I sent an e-mail to News Max Editors and asked how many of the people who were polled were aware that the Muslim Holy Book, the Koran, forbids Muslims to be friends with Jews and Christians:
Dinner Table-[5.51] "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people."

I wonder how different their answers would have been if the folks who took the poll knew Muslims are forbidden to be friends to Christians and Jews.

# Less than half – 49 percent – feel that Muslims living in the U.S. are loyal to this country.

# 34 percent believe American Muslims are sympathetic to the al-Qaida terrorist organization.

# 40 percent of respondents said they believe Muslims in the U.S. are not respectful of other religions, and 44 percent said Muslims are too extreme in their religious beliefs.

# A slight majority – 52 percent – believe Muslims are not respectful of women.

# 39 percent said the U.S. should require Muslims to carry a special ID, and 57 percent believe they should undergo more intensive security checks at airports.

# 39 percent said they "have at least some feelings of prejudice against Muslims,” 59 percent said they did not, and 2 percent had no opinion.

Opinions are different, however, among Americans who are personally acquainted with a Muslim, the poll disclosed.

For example, only 10 percent of those who know a Muslim said they would not want one as a neighbor, and 24 percent believe Muslims should carry a special ID – compared to 50 percent among those who don’t know a Muslim.

For me, I am a Christian and I will believe a Muslim is my friend only when he stops being a Muslim. Being politically correct is no good reason to allow an enemy to kill me. Think about it.

Later...

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