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Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom
    #3515084 - 12/17/04 10:24 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

In U.S., 44 Percent Say Restrict Muslims

Dec 17, 10:08 PM (ET)

By WILLIAM KATES

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Nearly half of all Americans believe the U.S. government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans, according to a nationwide poll.

The survey conducted by Cornell University also found that Republicans and people who described themselves as highly religious were more apt to support curtailing Muslims' civil liberties than Democrats or people who are less religious.

Researchers also found that respondents who paid more attention to television news were more likely to fear terrorist attacks and support limiting the rights of Muslim Americans.

"It's sad news. It's disturbing news. But it's not unpredictable," said Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society. "The nation is at war, even if it's not a traditional war. We just have to remain vigilant and continue to interface."

The survey found 44 percent favored at least some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. Forty-eight percent said liberties should not be restricted in any way.

The survey showed that 27 percent of respondents supported requiring all Muslim Americans to register where they lived with the federal government. Twenty-two percent favored racial profiling to identify potential terrorist threats. And 29 percent thought undercover agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations to keep tabs on their activities and fund-raising.

Cornell student researchers questioned 715 people in the nationwide telephone poll conducted this fall. The margin of error was 3.6 percentage points.

James Shanahan, an associate professor of communications who helped organize the survey, said the results indicate "the need for continued dialogue about issues of civil liberties" in a time of war.

While researchers said they were not surprised by the overall level of support for curtailing civil liberties, they were startled by the correlation with religion and exposure to television news.

"We need to explore why these two very important channels of discourse may nurture fear rather than understanding," Shanahan said.

According to the survey, 37 percent believe a terrorist attack in the United States is still likely within the next 12 months. In a similar poll conducted by Cornell in November 2002, that number stood at 90 percent.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20041218/D871PUF80.html


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Re: Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom [Re: Ravus]
    #3515142 - 12/17/04 10:51 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Seeing as how theocratic Muslims want to restrict the rights of everyone, not just Muslims, I don't find the numbers in that poll to be a surprise.


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Re: Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom [Re: Phred]
    #3515160 - 12/17/04 11:01 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

I don't find it surprising at all either, but some seem to think the only way they can fight the "enemy" is by lowering themselves to the level of the fundamentalist Muslim terrorists and restricting the rights of the simply religious Muslims in America

They might as well randomly test black people for drugs, as they are thought of as doing more illegal drugs than white people. Profiling would be a huge step backwards for this country


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Re: Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom [Re: Phred]
    #3515273 - 12/17/04 11:40 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

pinksharman do you adhere to the Libertarians idea? If not do you agree with their stand on the vast majority of issues?


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Re: Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom [Re: cb9fl]
    #3515327 - 12/17/04 11:57 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

The Libertarian Party in America is the closest political party to my own political views. I am a Laissez-faire Capitalist, but I disagree with almost none of their positions.

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Re: Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom [Re: Phred]
    #3515439 - 12/18/04 12:22 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

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Seeing as how theocratic Muslims want to restrict the rights of everyone, not just Muslims, I don't find the numbers in that poll to be a surprise.




Then was that quote simply a negative comment about the average American or a reflection of your views?


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Re: Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom [Re: cb9fl]
    #3515468 - 12/18/04 12:32 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

I didn't see it as a negative comment about Americans. However, if you are asking would I approve of restricting rights of Muslims, the answer is no I wouldn't. However, theocratic Muslims wouldn't hesitate a nanosecond to restrict mine. Or yours.


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Re: Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom [Re: Phred]
    #3516074 - 12/18/04 03:36 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

America should make all Muslim women cover their faces.


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Re: Americans Embrace Tolerance, Freedom [Re: Rose]
    #3516447 - 12/18/04 08:39 AM (11 years, 11 months ago)

Especially on their drivers license photos. Remember that one? Oh wait... Muslim women aren't allowed to drive. Oh wait... they are allowed to drive in America.


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