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.
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?