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March 10, 2011

Polling Evangelicals: Is Islam Violent?

Evangelicals are the only religious tradition with more followers seeing Islam as violent than those who see it as not more violent.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chair of the Homeland Security Committee, is making headlines for his hearings on the "extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community." King said that hearings will address both efforts by terrorists to recruit Americans and the reactions by Muslim leaders in the U.S. to these attempts to radicalize American Muslims.

"The danger comes from a small segment within the Muslim community," said King. "Unfortunately, the issue we are facing is that not enough leaders in the community are willing to come forward when they know an individual is being radicalized. In some cases, these leaders have encouraged individuals to not cooperate with investigations."

David Gushee of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good is one of several evangelicals who have criticized the hearings.

"It is always a very dangerous thing when one group is singled out in front of the rest. It is humiliating, shaming and stigmatizing, and almost invites average citizens to marginalize and mistreat members of the targeted group. When religion is involved, and a minority religious group to boot, the danger grows exponentially," said Gushee.

Still, Gushee said that despite his concerns, "I do not dismiss the legitimate fears that lie behind widespread public support for such hearings."

According to a newly released poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press (Pew), such "legitimate fears" are far more common in evangelicalism than in other religious traditions in America.

Pew asked people if they thought Islam "is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers" or if it "does not encourage violence more than others." Among evangelicals, 60 percent said that Islam was more violent than other religions. Other Americans hold the opposite view, with only 35 percent seeing Islam as more violent.

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Evangelicals are the only religious tradition that had more people seeing Islam as violent than those who see it as not more violent. Mainline Protestants and Catholics were split equally over the question (statistically speaking). Around four-in-ten of each of these traditions saw Islam as more violent; the same proportion saw Islam as no more violent than other religions. African-Americans and those with no religion were the least likely to see Islam as violent. A majority of each group said Islam was not violent.

This difference between evangelicals and other religions is unlikely due to ignorance about Islam (at least relative to ignorance among other Americans). According to an earlier Pew study, evangelicals were just as likely to know basic facts about Islam as other Americans. Half of evangelicals knew that Ramadan was Islam's holy month. The same percentage knew that the Qur'an was Islam's holy book.

A February poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that evangelicals were more likely to know that Congress was planning hearings on alleged Muslim extremism. One-third of evangelicals had heard of the hearings, comported to around one-fifth of other Americans. The poll found 70 percent of evangelicals were supportive of congressional hearings on alleged Muslim extremism, compared to only half of mainline Protestants. Support, however, was highest among evangelicals who trusted Fox News (84 percent) than those that trust other news sources (60 percent). Evangelicals who trust Fox News were also more likely to say that they felt they feel informed about Islam (70 to 37 percent).

Whether they are driving public opinion or merely reflecting it, American Family Association (AFA) president Tim Wildmon and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins applauded King's hearings, saying that radicalized, violent Islam is actually true Islam.

In a letter to the House Homeland Security Committee leadership, American Center for Law and Justice chief counsel Jay Sekulow said, "the decision to limit the scope of the hearings to the radicalization of Muslims in the United States—rather than include other religious groups— was not arbitrary, but was a very practical and necessary categorization based upon the recent terrorist activities in the United States."

Others are remaining mum on their view of the hearings. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission simply tweeted, "staff monitoring Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on Islamic radicalization in America."

Sojourners president Jim Wallis said the King hearings were based on a "theological mistake" of seeing one side as good and the other as evil.

"Our country is under theological attack every day in the polarized debate of the West vs. Islam, and that narrative must be changed," said Wallis. "And Congressman King’s hearings are more likely to reinforce, rather than transform that narrative."

For other religious leaders who are speaking out against the King hearings, see Faith in Public Life's list of recent statements.

Comments

Peter King supports the IRA. Hopefully one of the families of the many innocent people murdered by that organization will sue King for civil damages.

As many Americans protest Congressional hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, newly released statistics show why such hearings are necessary. In a country where Muslims make up one percent of the population, more than 80 percent of terrorists convicted by the U.S. since 9/11 have been Muslims. That, by definition, is a correlation.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE--More than 80 percent of all convictions tied to international terrorist groups and homegrown terrorism since 9/11 involve defendants driven by a radical Islamist agenda, a review of Department of Justice statistics shows.

Though Muslims represent about 1 percent of the American population, they constitute defendants in 186 of the 228 cases DOJ lists.

On Thursday, the House Homeland Security Committee holds its first hearing into radicalization among Muslim Americans. Critics have taken issue with the focus on one religious minority, but the DOJ list shows that radical Islamists are disproportionately involved in terror-related crimes.

Al-Qaida is involved in the largest number of prosecutions, representing 30 percent of the 228 terror cases involving an identified group. Hizballah-affiliated defendants are involved in 10.5 percent of the cases and Hamas is part of 9 percent. Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba was involved in 6.5 percent of the cases.

The Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and the Colombian FARC lead the non-Islamist terrorist groups, combining for 14 percent of the total.

www.answeringmuslims.com

It looks like a good amount of people know that the Quran and Islamic teachings promote violence towards non-Muslims but how many know it also promotes lying and deception (Taqiyya)?, this following link is to an article on the Islamic practice of lying and deception (Taqiyya) ...

http://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Menj/taqiyyah.htm

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mmmm... aha, very interesting!! Sweeping the dirt under the carpet again don't you? Sorry to inform you all, but the more you try, the more it shows! I'll answer the "Poll" with a few questions of my own.

Were Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols muslims? Was David Koresh muslim? Are KKK's, skinheads and Aryan Nation members muslims? How many of those who commited murders and assasinations last year were muslims?

How many of those in this country who beat their wives and abuse their children are muslims? Are Pedophile Catholic priests muslims?

Was Lee Harvey Oswald muslim? Was Jeffrey Dammer? Was Wayne Gacy? More than 10,000 Murders have been commited in this Nation every year since 1969? Should I continue on with the questions? I'll bet anything the answer to the latter will be a resounding Yes.

Not that I know for a fact, that Islam is from the Devil (as is idolatry), or that an estimated 10% of muslims are radicals.

But burying your heads in the sand, looking the other way and trying so hard, to hide the light of the Sun with a hand is in the very least Naive.

Good luck with acting "naive", "silly" or simple. Because I can assure God is Not please by that kind of "Acting". He does Not give "Awards" for "acting". If you know what I mean!

If you are not muslim, then you are an infidel and must either become a muslim or be killed, Short and to the point.

Following Solero's train of thought, we could also ask if Hitler, Mao Tze Tung, Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin, or Napolean Bonaparte were Muslims. But what would be the point? Yes, mass murderers, terrorists, and violent predators have been found in all cultures and nations, including the United States. This doesn't change the fact that radical Muslims are disproportionately involved in terror-related crimes, as Linda stated above. Beyond that, blasphemy laws and laws that subjugate women, such as Sharia law, are found not in the USA or in other western nations but in countries dominated by Islam. At the same time, we need to remember that Muslims are people for whom Christ died and whom He commanded us to reach with the gospel. The good news is that in recent years, Muslims have been coming to Jesus in unprecedented numbers, often through dreams and visions of Him. Praise God! Let's pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to draw those trapped by the lie of Islam to Jesus.

I think the Muslim minority as such is not the problem but what is concerning is the clash that is caused by the difficult relationship between the two cultures the representatives of which all too often can't accept the rules and values of one another.

When u hear the word Islam REmember the 1st thing, that our religion is the 2nd name of truth, faith ,friendship and peace.the religion before u i.e in the form of al qaida is nothing more than a drama.we accept the Christ as a prophet of God and 2 love chritans.Remember to kill Non Muslims is not a verse of holly Quran.here u r mistaken 2 understand us.we Pakistnis r called as terrorists but u know that we r dying only why???

These comments prove that evangelicals get their direction from Glenn Beck and not Jesus Christ.

Just wondering, when did African-Americans become a religion?

I think Julie just had a trainwreck or a shipwreck!!

Read "As easy as drinking water" by Afshin Javid and you will get a view from the inside of Islam.

But more importantly, you will see how Jesus spoke to a radical Muslim and turned his life into a testimony of peace.

The Prince of Peace lives!

How to be born again refers to a "spiritual rebirth" (regeneration) of the human soul, contrasted with the physical birth everyone experiences.make your choice for new birth, resurrection of consciousness,have new life, have new creational wisdom, renewing of the mind, dying to sin of stupidity and living to wisdom in righteousness, translated from darkness to light.

This in-depth article reveals how there are DIRECT ties between the muslim / koran and the OCCULT. There are excerpts from Afshin Javid's book "As Easy As Drinking Water" in which he describes how muslims chant / talk with these occult spirits to inflict injury, sickness or death on their enemies.

www.spiritdaily.org/islamanddangers.htm

EXCERPT:
"My contact with the Jinn occurred as a direct result of meditation in the scriptures of the Koran. To be more specific, in the Koran there are certain Surahs which begin with sets of Arabic letters having no apparent meaning. These are referred to as the 'Secrets' or the 'Mysterious Letters' of the Koran. I had begun meditative chanting of the Secrets of the Koran some time earlier, and by this means I had developed frequent communication with the Jinn. I had learned the practice of calling on them in order to make things happen -- either for a favor for me or a friend, or payback to an enemy for wrong done to me."

Heeding Islamic teachings, Javid called on the Jinn to hurt others. Speaking of a guard he hated, Javid writes, "I prayed a curse on him as I summoned all of my contempt, all of my hatred, all of my violent thoughts, and all of my disgust for this pagan. I gathered all the darkness, all the blackness, and all the poison I could summon into a curse, drew my gaze toward him, fixed my eyes on his, took a deep breath, and blew all that spiritual venom across the room like a spitting cobra.

"Suddenly, a look of terror crossed his face. He grabbed his throat and began gasping for air. I maintained eye contact with him and let him suffer for a while. He looked up and flipped his head back and forth as if he were trying to shake himself free. I finally withdrew the prayer and he was able to breathe again. He knew I had been given powers from another realm, and he ran down the hall and never mocked me again. I am not exaggerating when I say that those whom I cursed would, within days, have an accident or get sick.

"These powers were obtained by the chanting, recitation, and meditation on the scripture of the Koran alone and from no other book, teaching, or coaching."

Javid says he would communicate with the Jinn "conversationally" and heard their audible voices when the spirits entered his room (requesting recitation of the Koran). They rewarded him with psychic powers (the ability to tell what others were doing in other rooms). It is not fair to say that all or even most Muslims go to this extent. And indeed, there are good people in all religions (and we need to focus on that goodness).