Thursday, May 24, 2007

Over a quarter of US Muslims back suicide attacks

More than a quarter of US Mulims back suicide attacks, and only 40% admit that Muslims were behind the 9-11 attacks.
Young U.S. Muslims back suicide attacks
By Jennifer Harper
Published May 23, 2007
    "There are trouble spots," noted Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, which conducted the survey of 1,050 adult Muslim Americans -- two-thirds of whom were foreign-born -- January to April. The results were released yesterday. 

    "We should be disturbed that 26 percent of these young people support an ideology in which the ends justify the means," said Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, chairman of the Arizona-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
  "But the survey also found that only 40 percent of the overall American Muslim population would even admit that Arabs were behind 9/11. They're in denial, refusing to take moral responsibility, and the radicals will feed on this," Dr. Jasser said.
    Farid Senzai of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding said he had "concern" about evidence of youthful radicalism.

    The revelation that some young American Muslims condone violent bombings led coverage from CBS News, the Associated Press, Reuters, the Detroit Free Press, the Los Angeles Times and other news organizations.
    "I'm not surprised that the press picked up on the bad news, because that's what sells. I'd like to see another ethnic group get asked the same question," said Laila Al-Qatami of the District-based American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
I too would like to see another ethnic group get asked the same question. Say, Jews or Christians. What do you think would be the result? How many of your friends think suicide bombings are OK?
Ami Isseroff   

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