The Good news: Most American Muslims are assimilated.

The Bad news: A quarter of their kids think it’s okay to bomb innocent civilians “to defend Islam”…

Not included: What it means.

Is this merely a theoretical approval of suicide bombing when no other means work, as many Palestinians think? Or is this approval mean they would do suicide bombing? Or is it the result of indoctrination by extreme leaders in their mosques?

The mosques in the US often import foreign leaders, who may or may not understand the need for assimilation and tolorance.

Yet the poll notes that the younger generation is often more pious than their parents. This makes sense, since many Muslims in the US are professionals who were secularized, but their children might see religion as a way of finding their roots.

Yet the poll seemed selective of “muslim”. It did not include Black Muslims, and was composed mainly of Arabs, even though half of the Arab population in the US is actually Christian, mainly Christians fleeing the chaos of Lebanon or Palestine.

Why weren’t Iranian, Pakistani, Indian, Indonesian or African Muslims not included?

And although the poll asks about a theoretical approval of suicide bombing, it does not find if that is theoretical or might inspire deeds. Finally, it does not delve into if there are cells recruiting naive youth, such as in the terror mosques of the UK, where leaders encouraged terrorism. This question is important, yet no one seems to want to ask it, even when the leader of the Arizona mosque attended by several 9-11 terrorists later was involved in suspicious “praying” incident in MSP airport.

The question of what this all means will undoubtably be discussed on all the networks. But the site that puts a lot of this into perepective is the surrealistic satire site, Iowahawk.

Iowahawk reports Midwest Lutherans mostly reject violence.
Kohut pointed to one of the study’s key findings that only 29% of all respondents agreed that “bloody, random violence against infidels” was “always” or “frequently” justified, versus 56% who said such violence was “seldom” or “never” justified. The approval of violence rose slightly among younger Lutherans and when the hypothetical violence was targeted against Presbyterians, but still fell well short of a majority…More than 95% supported “pancake breakfasts” “popcorn fundraisers,” but support dropped to less than 80% for “cow tipping” and “T-P’ing infidel houses.” Support dropped even more dramatically for more violent means of conquest, such as “suicide bombing” (28%), “decapitation” (24%), and “running over Presbyterians with my Ski-Doo” (23%).

In related stories, Iowahawk reports:

Peace Elusive In Strife-Torn Midwest

Newsweek Lutefisk Story Sparks Riots Across Volatile Midwest
Ah yes, Lutefisk. Rotten fish soaked in brine. Yum.

For the dirty little secret is that Muslims are not the only minority that has had problems adjusting to American society, nor suffered discrimination. And without that being put into perspective, we miss the whole story.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket

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