Islamophobia by the numbers

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 54 percent of New York State voters agree "that because of American freedom of religion, Muslims have the right to build the mosque near Ground Zero." That strikes me as a shockingly small majority—almost half don’t feel that “religious freedom” by definition applies to all religions, even when the question’s put that way?—but hey, glad to hear of majority support for basic American principles, right?

Well, not quite. Fifty-three percent of the same group agree that “because of the sensitivities of 9/11 relatives, Muslims should not be allowed to build the mosque near Ground Zero.” So a majority thinks that Muslims have the same rights as everyone else, and a similar majority thinks that in this case, those rights somehow shouldn’t apply. The 7 percent or so who flipped between these two questions are doing some remarkable hairsplitting: it’s not that people don’t have rights, it’s that they don’t have them right now.

That 71 percent agree “that because of the opposition of Ground Zero relatives, the Muslim group should voluntarily build the mosque somewhere else” doesn’t alarm me. I think that people should voluntarily refrain from doing all kinds of things they have every right to do. Most of the time they go ahead and do them. So what?

In other bizarre-Islamophobia-related-statistics news, apparently 24 percent (pdf) of Americans now think the president is a Muslim (yet another way, as Jonathan Zimmerman points out, in which Obama’s presidency recalls Lincoln’s). I’m guessing the first family might soon experience a change of heart about their decision not to join and regularly attend a church.

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Peter J Walker said...

Peter J Walker said...

Sad. It's just sad.

Anonymous said... It's

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how quickly closed minded liberals like Steve and Ed will put their fingers in their ears and yell BIGOT and RACIST(in place of LALALA) whenever they encounter an opinion or concern that is different from their own.

Thanks for another example Steve and Ed.

Edward Schreiber said...

Edward Schreiber said...

As you can already see, many of the comments posted will prove the point you're making, that bigotry and intolerance are alive and well and living in America, and even in Christian churches. Those who have written about Soros funding progressive movements, which he has clearly stated he is doing, should check out the elderly brothers who are among the wealthiest people in America who are funding the religious right and much of the Tea Party movement, brothers who refuse to admit it. They pretty much own the Tea Party movement.

Anonymous said...

nonymous said...
It is interesting how George Soros funded groups like moveon.org and the Progressive christian movement (Jim Wallis, Sojourners, Christian century) use lies and distortions to paint Christians as racists and bigots while at the same time using lies and distortions to whitewash problems in the Muslim community.

Muslim cleric calls for beheading of Dutch politician

I believe these same lies and distortions coming from Obama and the white house are the main source of confusion among Americans regarding Obamas religion.

Anonymous said... The George

Anonymous said...
The George Soros funded Progressive christian movements continuous attacks on Christianity could easily be mistaken for religious bigotry.

The Progressive christian movement is nothing more than a politicaly motivated fabrication of the Democrat party.

Anonymous said... You

Anonymous said...
You probably know that 54% is not a small minority. It is a small majority.

Steve Thorngate said... Anon

Steve Thorngate said...
Anon #1: You're correct of course; I'll make the correction. Thanks.

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