2017-08-02 18:07:14 UTC
By Ben Cohen.
A new survey of political and social attitudes among the US Muslims shows that over three-quarters of the community rejects violence against civilians in the name of religious or political beliefs.
The survey, released on July 26 by the Pew Research organization, revealed that 76 percent of respondents agreed with the contention that “targeting and killing civilians can never be justified to further a political, social or religious cause.” Eight percent believed such actions were justified “rarely,” while a further 12 percent believed terrorist killing is “sometimes” or “often” justified.
While the question as phrased by Pew implies that Islamism is among the several “political, social or religious” causes that can underpin terrorist violence, the survey did not seek responses regarding violence committed in the name of Islam specifically, or against particular countries, most obviously Israel...
Trouble is, as the top-rated comments say:
Angel: "Great. I'm glad that only 25% of Muslims wish us harm."
TAE54 "So, according to this survey, 'only' about a MILLION (actually, about 720,000) of them support violence against civilians at least some of the time! And some think this is reassuring?!?"
Just Another Guy "Imagine the headline if it had been the results of polling Christians or Jews or Buddhists or Hindus..."
Keith Nolan "The amount that answer this accurately will be far less than the actual numbers, which should be fairly obvious. Not everyone of them is going to admit to their hatred. However the scary thing is that 25% of them admit to wishing violence against civilians."