For almost six years, we've heard the constant
chorus: "Muslims in
On 9/11, we were told that American Muslims would
never commit the attacks like those perpetrated upon 3,000 Americans by 19
foreign Arab Muslims in our midst. The 19 men were different than Muslims in
On 7/7, we were told that European Muslims are
different. We were told that American Muslims would never try to blow up
subways and train stations here, unlike those in
Poll of American Muslims: Islam is Hazardous to America
We were told--and continue to be told--that
American Muslims would never continuously riot in the streets, burning hundreds
of cars a day, as they've been doing throughout
Younger Muslims--born and/or raised in
Since 9/11, we've been subject to a virtual echo
chamber from the conventional wisdom-ites: that
Well, now we've come to find out that Muslims in
The message of the just-released Pew Research Center study on "Muslim Americans"
is clear (if you can get beyond the biased press coverage and headlines):
The title of the study is deceptive: "Muslim
Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream." But while the study shows
that most Muslims in
Islamists, like Ingrid Matteson, president of the extremist Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), consulted with Pew in conducting this study. But, even with the cosmetics, the numbers and opinions should disturb you. Without the cosmetics, the real numbers are far worse.
The numbers are not news to me, because I've been warning you for years that this is exactly what the American Muslim street is thinking. Now there's statistical proof. Here are the notable results (and, remember, since people lie in polls, the real statistics are likely a lot worse):
American Muslims Support Homicide Bombings
* More than one in four Muslims (or 26%), aged
18-29, said "Suicide Bombing is Justified." 2% percent of them say it
can often be justified, 13% say sometimes, and 11% say rarely. Add to that, the
5% don't know/refused to answer this easy, instinctive question, and it's even
worse--for a total of 31%--almost a third of young American Muslims,
who support homicide bombings. This younger group of Muslims is the
most radical, the study found, and it's the largest group of Muslims in
* 12% of foreign-born Arab Muslims said that
"Suicide Bombing Can be Justified
Often/Sometimes." That's more than one in ten. 10% of them don't
know/refused to answer. That's a total of 22% who apparently support homicide
bombings. That's more than one in five and almost one in four. Yup, if you meet
an Arab Muslim on the streets of
* 8% of all U.S. Muslims said suicide bombing is
justified. Add to that the 9% that don't know/refused to answer, and you get
17%, almost 1 in 5 American Muslims. For all foreign-born U.S. Muslims, 9%
support suicide bombings--plus 9% refusing to answer, and it's 18%. For all
native-born U.S. Muslims, it's 8% who support the
bombings, plus 5% who refused to respond--for a total of 13%. Yup, being born
and raised in the
American Muslims Support Al-Qaeda
So much for the Muslim propaganda slogans about
Al-Qaeda not representing Islam and "hijacking the religion." A
significant portion of
* More than one in four American Muslims, aged
18-29, support Al-Qaeda. 7% outright viewed it favorably, plus 19% don't know/refused
to answer--for a total of 26%. Yup, more than one in four young Muslims in
* One third of American Muslims age thirty or more support Al-Qaeda. 4% support the group outright, plus the 29% that refused to answer, for a total of 33%. If you can't answer an outright no to this question, you support Al-Qaeda.
* Of all American Muslims, only 58% have a very unfavorable view of Al-Qaeda. 5% of American Muslims admitted to viewing Qaeda favorably and 27% refused to answer or claimed they didn't know. Hmmm . . . 32% or about 1/3 of all American Muslims either openly liking Al-Qaeda or not wanting us to know what they really think (which means they like Qaeda, too).
Muslims Don't Consider Themselves as Americans
* Among those under 30, only one in four--25%--consider themselves Americans first. 60% consider themselves Muslim first, 10% say "both equally," and 5% don't know. Age 30 and over, only 30% say they consider themselves American first, with 41% considering themselves Muslim first. Among total Muslims, 47% think of themselves as Muslim first, not American.
* Only 43% of all American Muslims said
"Muslims coming to the
Most American Muslims Don't Believe Al-Qaeda Perpetrated 9/11 Attacks
Apparently, American Muslims want it both ways. Many of them cheer Al-Qaeda on, yet claim they don't believe Qaeda perpetrated the 9/11 attacks:
* Only 40% of American Muslims believe Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks. 28% don't believe it, with 32% refusing to answer/don't know. That's a total of 60% who claim it wasn't Qaeda. Among American-born Muslims, it's hardly better. 48% believe Arabs did 9/11. 31% don't believe it, and 21% refuse to answer/don't know, for a total of 52% not believing Arabs committed the attacks.
And there are other serious implications:
The study says that 65% of Muslims are still
foreign-born, mostly from the
The study shows that even from 2000-2007, 18%
of Muslims are still immigrants--significantly up from the 1980s. Why--after
9/11--are we letting one in five Muslims in
But, predictably, this extremism and its
implications and suggestions for our immigration policy, for our student visa
policy, for other policies that should keep more Muslims out of
Instead, they pretend--as do the makers of this study at Pew who call American Muslims "Mostly Mainstream"--that the study shows Muslims to be "just like us."
The National Public Radio headline: "Pew Study Sees Muslim Americans Assimilating."
Since when is one in four members of a religion
supports homicide bombings in
Perhaps when the homicide bomber grew up learning who Paris Hilton is on FOX News and CNN and seeing the latest Spiderman movie. And, while his classmates shop at the Gap for the latest fashions, he's there to find hoodie under which to camouflage the explosive belt.