This post is dedicated to those that are part of the team that is helping to educate our fellow Americans to the true threat of Islam. Although our current leaders are not with us on this issue, the way things are going, one day there will be enough of us to force our politicians to take action against this internal threat. Keep up the great work guys!
Many Americans take dim view of Islam, poll shows
Religion » But 63% in U.S. say they know little about the faith.
By Jonathan D. Salant
Washington » A majority of Americans have an unfavorable impression of Islam, alone among major religions, a new poll finds.
The survey by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies found 53 percent of Americans view Islam unfavorably compared with 42 percent who view the religion favorably. Majorities view other major religions favorably: 91 percent for Christianity, 71 percent for Judaism and 58 percent for Buddhism.
The negativity comes even as 63 percent of Americans said they know little about Islam.
Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup center, said that, while other religious extremists are portrayed as being outside the mainstream, Islamic terrorists are described as representatives of their religion.
“Where a deranged person of a certain faith commits a crime in the name of their faith, we look at these incidents as someone misinterpreting faith,” Mogahed said. “When a terrorist commits an act of violence in the name of Islam, it is often times framed as being devoted to the faith rather than being deviant.”
That view is fed by commentators voicing anti-Islamic rhetoric in a way that would cause them to be called bigots and kept off the airwaves if they talked the same way about other minorities, said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute.
“Arab- and Muslim-bashing is the one bigotry that’s acceptable,” Zogby said.
Although much attention was given to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is charged with trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines airliner, little attention was paid to a Muslim-led demonstration outside the courthouse where Abdulmutallab was arraigned, Zogby said. The protesters condemned those who would commit terrorist acts in the name of Islam.
The telephone poll of 1,002 adults was taken Oct. 31 to Nov. 13, 2009, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
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Just the other day the Pentagon erased the Islamic factor from the Fort Hood shooting. This afternoon we have Obama and Co. recognizing the enemy and they are accepting them into the political landscape of Afghanistan. Those that are supposed to be leading us, are not leading us in the right direction. I am sure that this will workout for the best….
Gates Says Taliban Must Take Legitimate Afghan Role
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: January 22, 2010
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The United States recognizes that the Taliban are now part of the political fabric of Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here on Friday, but the group must be prepared to play a legitimate role before it can reconcile with the Afghan government.
That means, Mr. Gates said, that the Taliban must participate in elections, not oppose education and not assassinate local officials.
“The question is whether the Taliban at some point in this process are ready to help build a 21st-century Afghanistan or whether they still just want to kill people,” Mr. Gates said.
The defense secretary made his remarks in an interview with Pakistani journalists at the home of the American ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson. Mr. Gates was on the second day of a two-day visit to the country.
American officials have given qualified support to a proposed Afghan initiative to provide jobs, security and social benefits to Taliban followers who defect. Mr. Gates has said there could be a surge of such followers willing to be integrated into Afghan society, but he has voiced skepticism about whether the Taliban leadership is ready to work peacefully with the Afghan government.
“The question is, what do the Taliban want to make out of Afghanistan?” Mr. Gates told the journalists. “When they tried before, we saw what they wanted to make, and it was a desert, culturally and in every other way.”
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GOP rep.: Ft. Hood report ‘sanitized’
The Pentagon’s 86-page report on the Fort Hood massacre was “sanitized” to avoid discussing Islamic terrorism, the congressman who represents the base told POLITICO Monday.
The report, released last week, says that the Army’s middle management missed signals about Nidal Malik Hasan in the months leading up to the mass shooting.
But missing from the report is any discussion of what Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) said was the a “crisis” with Islamic terrorism. Hasan allegedly wore ritual Muslim garb shouted “God is great” in Arabic when opening fire on a group of soldiers on the base — facts Carter said should have been disclosed in the report to help soldiers identify such signs in the future.
A search of the report does not turn up any mentions of Islam.
“People are afraid to speak out and label someone because they’ll be accused of being a racist or accused of profiling or being prejudiced against a certain religion or race of people,” Carter told POLITICO. “But in a time of national crisis, which I believe we are in, all identifiers must be discussed.”
“We want the world to know that we are not prejudiced, even to the people that hate us,” Carter said. “That’s craziness.”
Report cites ‘radicalization’ of US prisoners
By ANNE FLAHERTY
WASHINGTON — U.S. law enforcement authorities believe as many as three dozen Americans who converted to Islam in prison have traveled to Yemen, possibly to train with al-Qaida, according to a Senate report.
The “radicalization” of the individuals has alarmed U.S. officials even though no evidence has immediately tied them to terrorist activities.
Several of the individuals have “dropped off the radar” for weeks at a time and continue to carry U.S. passports, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press.
The assessment was written by staff working for Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass.
“Al-Qaida’s recruitment tactics also have changed,” Kerry wrote in an introduction to the report. “The group seeks to recruit American citizens to carry out terrorist attacks in the United States.”
Al-Qaida forces in Yemen have emerged in recent months as a pressing threat to U.S. security, with ties to the recent airline bombing plot and Fort Hood shooting.
The White House and Pentagon have said there are no plans to send ground troops there, and Yemen has made clear it wouldn’t want them. Remaining options to defeat the terrorist threat there would include covert strikes against al-Qaida targets and increased aid to help train and equip Yemen’s own security forces.
Gen. David Petraeus, the head of U.S. Central Command, has said he would like to double military aid to Yemen, which is currently about $67 million.
Kerry’s report was expected to set the stage for a Wednesday public hearing on Yemen with testimony from senior State Department officials.
In addition to its finding that al-Qaida was actively trying to attract “nontraditional followers” that could penetrate U.S. security, the staff report concludes that al-Qaida has remained a viable threat.
“Despite setbacks, al-Qaida is not on the run,” the report concludes.
In addition to the nearly three dozen prisoners, Kerry’s staff also cites as many as 10 non-Yemeni Americans who moved to Yemen, converted to Islamic fundamentalism and married Yemeni women to remain in the country.
“Described by one American official as ‘blond-haired, blue eyed-types,’ these individuals fit a profile of Americans whom al-Qaida has sought to recruit over the past several years,” the report states.
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The recent list of Churches under attack by Muslims is as follows. Algeria, Egypt, and Malaysia. Today we unfortunately get to add Nigeria to the list. This will only get worse, as Islam is a religion of war.
WORLD BRIEFING | AFRICA
Nigeria: Religious Violence Kills 27
Published: January 18, 2010
Angry Muslim youths set fire to a church filled with worshipers, starting a riot that killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 300 in Jos, in northern Nigeria, officials said Monday. Sani Mudi, a spokesman for the local imam, said 22 people died in fighting between Christians and Muslims after rioters set fire to a Catholic church on Sunday. Five others died Monday from their wounds. More than 300 people were killed in inter-religious violence in Jos in 2008.
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