Thursday, August 10, 2006

Not Good

As John says, Ick ick ick:
39% of Americans believe that Muslims should be force [sic] to keep special ID. 49% say that Muslim citizens aren't "loyal" to the United States.
A new Gallup poll finds that many Americans -- what it calls "substantial minorities" -- harbor "negative feelings or prejudices against people of the Muslim faith" in this country. Nearly one in four Americans, 22%, say they would not like to have a Muslim as a neighbor.

While Americans tend to disagree with the notion that Muslims living in the United States are sympathetic to al-Qaeda, a significant 34% believe they do back al-Qaeda. And fewer than half -- 49% -- believe U.S. Muslims are loyal to the United States.

Almost four in ten, 39%, advocate that Muslims here should carry special I.D. That same number admit that they do hold some "prejudice" against Muslims. Forty-four percent say their religious views are too "extreme."

In every case, Americans who actually know any Muslims are more sympathethic.
This is the most depressing thing I've read all day. I don't see how it's possible to discuss this without Godwinning.


Ahistoricality said...

Oh, there are plenty of other episodes of ethnic cleansing out there. We could talk about Yugoslavia, or Rwanda, or the Expulsion from Spain (1492, doncha know?), or dhimmi or ghetto or Jim Crow or White Australia or hindutva or the Sudan....

You want to really be scared, come over to IAMB's place and play "roast the Christofascist Creationist troll".... It's fun, and educational!

monak said...

This reminds me of an episode of American Dad called
Homeland Insecurity.

What is the defintion of "Muslim" again?

Icepick said...

Pooh, those people are all nicely counter-balanced by the one third of Anericans who think 9/11 and everything that followed has just been a big conspiracy by BushCo.