Wide spectrum of Americans support mosques in their neighborhoods

According to the results of a PRRI/RNS poll released today, :

A solid majority (57%) of Americans are opposed to allowing Muslims in New York to build an Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center. Only about one-third (31%) favor it.

Strongest opposition: Religious groups most opposed include white evangelical Protestants (75%) and Catholics (63%). Republicans (85%), Americans age 65 or older (67%), and those with a high school education or less (64%) are also solidly opposed.

Strongest support: a plurality (46%) of Democrats, 43% of the religiously unaffiliated, and 42% of Americans who do not believe the former World Trade Center site is sacred support building the mosque.

Despite this opposition, Americans are overwhelmingly supportive (76%) of allowing Muslims in their community to build an Islamic center or mosque provided they followed the same rules and regulations required of other religious groups. Among religious groups, white evangelical Protestants are most opposed, with nearly 1-in-4 (24%) opposing the construction of a mosque or Islamic center in their own community, even if Muslims follow all the same rules and regulations required of other religious groups.

A majority of Americans (56%) consider the World Trade Center site to be sacred. Nearly 4-in-10 (38%) disagree. Among religious groups, Catholics—a group known for having a strong sense of sacred space—are most likely to view the World Trade Center site as sacred (68%). Seven-in-ten Americans who believe the former World Trade Center site is sacred oppose building an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from the site.

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans are following the story very or somewhat closely in the media. There are significant differences by party identification, with nearly three-in-four (74%) Republicans following the story very or somewhat closely, compared to 66% of Independents and 61% of Democrats.

More here.

This American supports mosques anywhere:

According to those who are condemning the building of the mosque, the nineteen suicide terrorists on 9/11 spoke for all Muslims. This is like blaming all Christians for the wars of aggression and occupation because some Christians supported the neo-conservatives’ aggressive wars.

The House Speaker is now treading on a slippery slope by demanding a Congressional investigation to find out just who is funding the mosque—a bold rejection of property rights, 1st Amendment rights, and the Rule of Law—in order to look tough against Islam.

This is all about hate and Islamaphobia.

We now have an epidemic of “sunshine patriots” on both the right and the left who are all for freedom, as long as there’s no controversy and nobody is offended.

Political demagoguery rules when truth and liberty are ignored.

Who is it?

Comments (7)

I think building such a large mosque a couple of hundred yards from Ground Zero is a terrible idea. It is needlessly provocative.

One big reason so many are opposed to it is because it looks alot like a victory mosque. I don't know if it is or not, but I do know that outspoken Moslem leaders in the U.S. going on TV and calling such ideas crazy and the product of mental manipulation and crazy thinking, doesn't create much sympathy.

There are plenty of places to build such a center. No one can legitimately say there is no right to build it or that if it is not built there, then they will not be able to worship.

The point is more that insisting on building it so close to the site of an Islamic-based religious attack on Americans is alot like a victory lap. Surely this point is not a difficult one to make or grasp.

Perhaps if the center does go up where it is proposed, then they will not object to a 10-story sign 200 yards away proclaiming, Jesus said to Thomas, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Robert, This is lower Manhattan we are talking about. A 10 story sign 200 yards away probably won't be visible, too many other tall buildings.

Robert, pay attention now. There is NO one Islam. Al Qaeda is a political movement of people who distort Islamic teaching not unlike segregationist terrorists distorted Christian teaching in the South until very recently.
You might as well say that Southern Baptists would be extremely insensitive building a church a few blocks from a black neighborhood. You might as well say maybe the only people who should build churches on Indian reservations or in Oklahoma...are French Catholics or Quakers. Or that a Russian Orthodox church should NEVER go up in some heavily Jewish parts of Brooklyn or Miami.
Muslims died in 9/11 too. It was a World Trade Center, after all, not an American Christian/Jewish/Vedic Religion/Non-Religious Trade Center. Muslims die every day when they get in the way of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Muslims are just as much the victims of this horsesh*t as Americans are, and WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS. Leave the mosque in peace.

Clint, the Politically Incorrect unspoken truth for most of our elected officials and certainlly for our Liberal mainstream media and other similarly inclined institutions is that, in regard to waging Jihad against the infidel, there IS only one islam. The 9/11 hijackers were the purest of moslems who derived their justification and inspiration from CORE teachings in the Koran. Which is exactly why they have been regarded as islamic heroes by the overwhelming majority of the world's muslims. Of course when being interviewed by Western media, they will more than likely profess 'horror' at the attack.

A common theme that was quickly put out after 9/11 was that these were not 'real' muslims as islam is a religion of 'peace.' Even Bush unfortunately spoke this nonsense, no doubt propelled by concern for our oil interests in the Middle East. But then again, the Language of Diplomacy has always been the Language of Useful Fictions.

Clint, I think you're overstating things a bit.

I don't think the mosque can pass even the Sufis' own sniff tests.

I have a lot of disagreements with G W Bush, but he got one thing right: If we fight a war with terrorists, we have a shot at winning. If, instead, we fight a war with the entire Muslim world, everyone loses. That is why Osama Bin Ladin continues to claim that he represents all of Islam. That is why US foreign policy has consistently tried to differentiate between terrorists and other Muslims. Peace came to Northern Ireland when the IRA lost the support of its popular base. Our job as a nation is to drive a similar wedge between terrorists and the rest of the Muslim world. Any actions or statements which lump the two together complicates that task.

It is not my job to decide what the core of Islam is, or whether one or another sect is true to it. That is for Muslims to decide, and I am sure they will continue to disagree just as Christians have disagreed with each other over the centuries. All I know is this: when I look at the Muslim world, I see a lot of diversity. I see American Muslims serving in our armed forces, in our national laboratories, in our hospitals and in our schools. I call many of them my good friends. Nothing you say will ever persuade me to view these people as the enemy.

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