Poll: US Muslims more tolerant than non-Muslims

Bad news for Daniel Pipes, David Horowitz, Robert Spencer, Bill O’Reilly, Rep. King, Geert Wilders and hundreds of other anti-Islam propagandists on Israel Lobby’s payroll.

The results of a major new survey and report released Thursday by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center – says Muslims in the United States express greater tolerance for members of other faiths than any other major religious group.

Muslims are also more likely than any other religious group to oppose violent or military attacks against civilians, according to the survey, “Muslim Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future.”

Nearly four out of five (78 percent) U.S. Muslims say that military attacks against civilians can never be justified. That compares with less than two of five Protestants (38 percent) and Catholics (39 percent) and just over four out of Jews (43 percent) who take that position, the poll found.

According to IPS News the results were based on nearly 2,500 interviews with respondents, 475 of whom said they were Muslim, poses a major challenge to efforts, primarily by right-wing Christian and Jewish groups in the US, to depict Muslims – and Islam as a religion – as fundamentally alien, if not actively hostile, to “Judeo-Christian” or “Western” values and US society.

The Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik in his 1500-page manifesto had listed numerous Israel-Firsters and neo-Nazi groups who inspired him because of their anti-Islam, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant writings or preachings to justify his killing of 92 Norwegian Christians.

Recently, Paul Magno, a board member of Washington Peace Center in an interview with Press TV said that anti-Islam and anti-Muslim groups have been active in the US and Europe for a long time. “They certainly got serious legs in the years following the 9/11 attacks. When we basically had a right wing administration, with absolutely intent on polarizing the world, between us and them, as President Bush put it at the time, ‘them’ was terrorist Muslim, played into one demonic enemy,” said Paul.

Paul also reminded his viewers how Muslims were blamed for the
Oklahoma City bombing but a homegrown Christian terrorist, Timothy MacVeigh, was eventually convicted and executed. Watch video and transcript of Paul Magno’s interview here.

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