An exhaustive new survey of Muslims in America offers alarming insight into the U.S. Islamic community and the threat that may be posed by the enemy within. Appallingly, the news media has found a way to put a remarkably positive spin on Muslim support in the U.S. for suicide bombings and September 11th denial.
When the news doesn’t fit into the ideological framework, as a good “journalist,” you either play up the positive and downplay the negative, or ignore the story altogether.
According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, one in four American Muslims between the ages of 18 and 29 believe that slaughtering random civilians in suicide bombings is justifiable, if it is “to defend Islam.”
Only 80% of the total Muslim population in America believe that suicide bombings are not justifiable under any circumstances.
Stunningly, only 40% of American Muslims believe that Arabs (Muslims) attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.
At least 32% believe that “there is a natural conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society.”
Five percent of America’s 2.35 million Muslims declared that they hold a favorable view of al Qaeda, but 27% of the Muslims surveyed refused to answer that question.
The 32% that expressed support for al Qaeda, or declined to condemn them, represents more than 600,000 Muslims in the United States.
Native-born, African-American Muslims are less likely to “completely condemn” al Qaeda than are foreign-born Muslims. Black American Muslims, who represent about 20% of all Muslims in the U.S., were three times as likely to express support for al-Qaeda than were foreign-born Muslims.
Barely more than one in four (26%) believe that “the U.S.-led war on terrorism is a sincere effort to reduce international terrorism.”
Sixty percent of those surveyed said they are concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in the United States.
Ever the victims, nearly a third who traveled by air last year believe that they were forced to undergo additional security screening because they are Muslim. (The overwhelming majority of people subjected to that additional security are of course not Muslim.)
These profoundly disturbing facts were revealed this week by Pew in a groundbreaking report that they humorously titled: “Muslim American — Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream.”
There was in fact some “good news.” The survey found that American Muslims are less likely to endorse mass murder, are better assimilated and are more economically prosperous than Muslims in a number of European countries. Hooray!
In a remarkable demonstration of culturally sensitive spin, the national news media has taken a strikingly Pollyannaish view of the findings, emphasized the “good news” elements of the report and playing down the frightening realities of the potential domestic threat revealed by the numbers.
With all of these revelations, The Washington Post headline reads: “ Survey: U.S. Muslims Assimilated, Opposed to Extremism.”
Let there be much rejoicing.
The fact that one in four U.S. Muslims between 18 and 29 said that suicide bombings are justifiable was handled by the Post in paragraph number 18 (of 21) with less than one sentence.
“Muslims under 30 are more religious than their elders, as well as more inclined to support suicide bombings…” the page-three report said.
But the lead paragraph of the story naturally focused on the “good news.” “Unlike Muslim minorities in many European countries, U.S. Muslims are highly assimilated, close to parity with other Americans in income and overwhelmingly opposed to Islamic extremism,” the story begins.
Isn’t it just like The Post to find the silver lining. That’s what I have always liked about them. Why accentuate the negative when there is so much good news to tell all the nice people about?
While social assimilation and economic enfranchisement are grand, support for al Qaeda and an appreciation for the occasional suicide bombing might become the lead if we were talking about, oh, say — Catholics, or republicans. But not when it comes to Islamic terrorism or their supporters. For them, even poll results might be perceived at “racist” or “Islamophobic.” And that would violate the rules of Political Correctness.
Why focus on the fact that more than 20,000 Muslims in America have a “very favorable view” of al Qaeda and that another 80,000 have a “somewhat favorable” view. Or on the 13% of all Muslims in the U.S. think that suicide bombings “and other forms of violence against civilians” is justifiable at least sometimes.
In minimizing the horror, CNN reporter Brian Todd told Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that “only” 5% of American Muslims support al-Qaeda, but conveniently omitted that another 27% refused to answer the question. Nor did they even touch on the majority of the poll’s more distressing findings.
USA Today, your go-to source for processed-news-food-product, focused almost entirely on the fact that most Muslims vote for democrats. They ignored all of the bad news with the exception of one statistic about suicide bombings.
But The New York Times gets the prize once again. They didn’t cover it at all. The Times made room for their usual anti-war protest pieces, and the obligatory pro-illegal immigrant advocacy piece. They had a nice piece about gay bishops in the Anglican Church and about a dead monkey at the Denver Zoo. But no room at the inn for the thousands of al-Qaeda supporters living among us. Not a drop of ink for the supporters of suicide bombing that live down the lane.