Skip to comments.Muslim Americans Are More Likely to Reject Violence than Many Groups
Posted on 12/02/2017 1:22:47 AM PST by MarvinStinson
US Muslims are tolerant, peaceful, and integrated into American society.
Donald Trump has proposed profiling Muslim Americans and shutting down mosques. He claims that Muslim hatred is beyond comprehension. But the truth is that Muslim Americans are not only integrating into U.S. society, but are actually more opposed to violence and more tolerant than many other Americans.
Muslim Americans Hold Mainstream Religious and Political Views
US Muslims score higher than most on Gallups religious tolerance index.
Muslims are similar to other religious Americans. Pews major survey of Muslims in 2011 found that religion was equally important to Christian and Muslim Americans. Christians and Muslims also attend religious services with about the same frequency. Only 35 percent of Muslims saw their religion as the only true faith, compared to 30 percent of Christians. Like 64 percent of U.S. Christians, a majority of Muslim Americans think different religions can lead to eternal life. Pew even found that Muslims are much less prone to scriptural literalism than Evangelicals.
Most American Muslims arrived in the United States after 1990, yet they are almost as likely as Christians to prioritize their American identity over their religious identity. As matter of fact, Muslims are much more likely than Evangelical Christians to see themselves as Americans first. More than two-thirds of Evangelicals identify as Christians first and Americans second.
The fear that Muslim Americans might be more loyal to other Muslims around the world than they are to their own country is unfounded. Gallups major survey of American Muslims in 2010 found that Muslim Americans were the least likely of any American religious group to strongly identify with their coreligionists abroad.
Far from being clannish, Pew found that 93 percent of Muslim Americans had close non-Muslim friends. A majority reported that most of their friends were non-Muslim. At the same time, 92 percent of U.S. Muslims dont oppose women working outside the home (98 percent of Americans agree).
Pew also found that 62 percent of Muslims said they were OK with Muslims marrying non-Muslims, and another 11 percent said it depends. American Christians were not asked this exact question, but in 2014, Pew found that 77 percent of white Evangelicals would be unhappy if an immediate family member married an atheist.
Pew finds that U.S. Muslims are politically moderate (38% moderate; 27% liberal; 25% conservative). They were also swing voters in the 2000s, first going strongly for George W. Bush in 2000 before flipping to John Kerry and Democrats since 2004.
Muslim Americans Are Less Likely to Support Intolerance, Violence
US Muslims were the only religious group that opposed the targeting of civilians.
While there are no good polls on the attitude of American Muslims toward Sharia religious law,* U.S. Muslims score higher than most other believers on Gallups religious tolerance index. The index categorizes individuals as either isolated, tolerant, or integrated, based on their level of agreement with five statements about other faiths. Not all Americans share Muslim Americans openness to other faiths. In fact, recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) polls found many Republicans in Iowa, North Carolina, and New Hampshire believe Islam should be banned.
In 2010, Gallup also asked whether targeting and killing civilians by the military can be justified. U.S. Muslims were the only religious group that opposed such targeting. Protestants, Jews, and Catholics believed it could be justified. Muslim Americans were also the most strongly opposed of any religious group to targeting and killing by individuals or small groups. Catholics, Protestants, and Jews were all more than twice as likely to support civilian strikes.
Muslims moving to the US are more moderate and assimilate quickly. Internationally, Muslim views are more varied. Gallup found strong support for Sharia law in several countries, and Pew found support for violence against civilians in defense of Islam at high levels in several Middle Eastern countries.
This suggests that either the Muslims moving to the U.S. are from the more moderate Muslim communities abroad or that they assimilate quickly. A combination of both is likely. Islamic totalitarians, such as ISIS, consider it a form of apostasy to emigrate from a Muslim society to a secular one. Meanwhile, in America, young Muslims are pioneering more liberal forms of Islam or abandoning the faith.
Religious Extremism Is Not a Significant Threat
Even if 5 percent of U.S. Muslims view al-Qaeda favorably, does that mean we will face a constant barrage of attacks? Actually, no. Its possible for large numbers of people to hold dangerous views on violence without acting on them, as evidenced above.
We should not let our lives be dictated by fear of terrorism of any kind.
But heres more evidence: according to a YouGov poll, some 4 percent of Americans (nearly 10 million adult Americans) support attacks on abortion providers. Another 7 percent are unsure if those attacks are immoral. There have been two dozen murders or attempted murders, as well as many other attacks by anti-abortion extremists since 1993, but we understand that nearly all pro-life proponents oppose this kind of violence and those that dont would never act on their views.
Why dont some people understand that the same is true for Muslims? The problem is that 83 percent of Americans dismiss violence by Christians as not being committed by real Christians, while only 48 percent do the same for Muslims. But the unpleasant reality is that other ideologies are also subject to distortion by violent extremists. The New America Foundation, for instance, finds that various ideologies that it identifies as right-wing have been responsible for 18 instances of deadly attacks and 48 deaths since 9/11, compared to 9 attacks and 45 deaths caused by jihadists.
Americans simply should not let their lives be dictated by a fear of terrorism of any kind. As security expert John Mueller has documented, Americans are more likely to be killed by almost anything else over the last fifty years. Americans murdered more people on any two days last year than were killed by terrorists in the last 10 years. Shutting down mosques and banning Muslims will not make America any safer. Rather than treating them as enemies, America should see Muslim Americans as allies in our fight for freedom and peace.
* Frank Gaffney, the conspiracy theorist founder of the Center for Security Policy, has online polls from Muslims that are certifiably bogus, as has been explained by others.
This post was first published at the Niskanen Center in December 2015.
David J. Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institutes Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.
Matthew La Corte is a Research Associate at the Niskanen Center where he focuses on immigration policy.
Far from being clannish, Pew found that 93 percent of Muslim Americans had close non-Muslim friends.
Where’s the “satire” on the title ?
“Rather than treating them as enemies, America should see Muslim Americans as allies in our fight for freedom and peace.”
Anything you say, Marv.
...Until they don’t.
It’s Saturday morning and we FReepers enjoy a good joke Thanks!
I am not a Biblical scholar. Does “infidel” mean the same thing in the Bible as it does in the Koran?
My Lord almighty- this is a Prime candidate for the Gobbels Big Lie Award of the Year! Hard to imagine how anyone could pack more outright lies and distortions into a single little essay. Its like New Concentrated Tide for the minds of unthinking fools. The invaders are taught from birth to hate and despise Christians and to seek, martyr themselves to conquer subjugate and slaughter us. Anyone can read history or the newspapers and see this plainly - and check their Korans too- there are over 100 instructions verses in their Korans teaching ordering them attack us, wage war against us, to do this to us
Its like New Concentrated Tide for the minds of unthinking fools.
Well said. Needs repeating.
It’s part of the standard pattern muslims follow as they work to convert countries to Islam.
And they have been taking over non-muslim countries with that technique for 1,400 years.
They lay low until their numbers are large enough to give them confidence they can reveal their true character and intent.
They fit in and act peacefully when they have to.
They use force and savagery when they feel they can prevail.
Where the government and/or populace are weak lambs they don’t need to have a large number before they show their true character.
Like in Germany and most of Europe.
Where the political climate is not so welcoming they wait longer until their numbers are larger.
Like they are doing in the USA.
But in the end the result is the same - Islamic domination.
The usual Goebbels boilerplate image, reserved for GlowBull Climate Change threads, is sorely needed here.
Sure thing. That’s why this extremely small minority group has already massacred hundreds of Americans within a few years of being allowed into the country.
Taqqiya writ large.
Yes, because the outrage from the Muslim communities is so obvious following each terrorist event
Look at all the Imams that speak out, the rallies all over the country, the tattling on radical mosques, the outing of hate filled Muslims. We all know the drill.
White people DNA bad, Islamic DNA good. How fortunate the USA is to have such productive, adherents to world peace
In other findings, moslems were the only religious group to practise taqiyya.
There are no Muslim Americans.
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