Muslim Americans Are More Likely to Reject Violence, Intolerance Than Many Other Americans

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Source: Huffington Post

Donald Trump has proposed profiling Muslim Americans and shutting down mosques. He claims that Muslim “hatred is beyond comprehension.” But the truth is that Muslim Americans are not only integrating into U.S. society, but are actuallymore opposed to violence and more tolerant in many ways than many other Americans.

Muslim Americans Hold Mainstream Religious and Political Views

Muslims are similar to other religious Americans. Pew’s major survey of Muslims in 2011 found that religion was equally important to Christian and Muslim Americans. Christians and Muslims also attend religious services with about the same frequency. Only 35 percent of Muslims saw their religion as the only true faith, compared to 30 percent of Christians. Like 64 percent of U.S. Christians, a majority of Muslim Americans think different religions can lead to eternal life. Pew even found that Muslims are much less prone to scriptural literalism than Evangelicals.


Most American Muslims arrived in the United States after 1990, yet they are almost as likely as Christians to prioritize their American identity over their religious identity. As matter of fact, Muslims are much more likely than Evangelical Christians to see themselves as Americans first. More than two-thirds of Evangelicals identify as Christians first and Americans second.

The fear that Muslim Americans might be more loyal to other Muslims around the world than they are to their own country is unfounded. Gallup’s major survey of American Muslims in 2010 found that Muslim Americans were the least likely of any American religious group to strongly identify with their coreligionists abroad.


Far from being clannish, Pew found that 93 percent of Muslim Americans had closenon-Muslim friends. A majority reported that most of their friends were non-Muslim. At the same time, 92 percent of U.S. Muslims don’t oppose women working outside the home (98 percent of Americans agree). Pew also found that 62 percent of Muslims said they were “OK” with Muslims marrying non-Muslims, and another 11 percent said it depends. American Christians were not asked this exact question, but in 2014, Pew found that 77 percent of white Evangelicals would be unhappy if an immediate family member married an atheist.


Pew finds that U.S. Muslims are politically moderate (38% moderate; 27% liberal; 25% conservative). They were also swing voters in the 2000s, first going strongly for George W. Bush in 2000 before flipping to John Kerry and Democrats since 2004.

Muslim Americans Are Less Likely to Support Intolerance, Violence

While there are no good polls on the attitude of American Muslims toward Sharia religious law,* U.S. Muslims score higher than most other believers on Gallup’s “religious tolerance” index. The index categorizes individuals as either “isolated,” “tolerant,” or “integrated,” based on their level of agreement with five statements about other faiths. Not all Americans share Muslim Americans’ openness to other faiths. In fact, recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) polls found many Republicans in Iowa, North Carolina, and New Hampshire believe Islam should be banned.

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  1. I support my children to marry non Islam as long as they respect and love each other( Liberal person). I do not support my children to marry with a conservative Muslim, Christian or Jews. Because a conservative one is intolerance with other religion. They are the root of conflict in our society today.

    Ultra Fundamentalist clerics forbids to marry Christian and Jews. Ultra Fundamentalist scholars do not see when the verse was revealed and to whom it is addressed verse.

    Do not marry unbelieving (atheist, Musryik) women until they believe; a slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman even though she allure you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: a man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he allure you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden (of Bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind: that they receive admonition QS 2:221.

    But Modern Muslim according to Allah’s verse below, allow Muslim woman and man marry Jews and Christian. It is lawful.

    They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food): say: Lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah; eat what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of Allah over it: and fear Allah; for Allah is swift in taking account. (4) This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time― when ye give them their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues. If anyone rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good). QS 5:4-5.

    So the above verse Allah it is not contradictory to each other, but the verse was revealed in two conditions, ie,at peaceful and at battle / war conditions.

    READ MORE; Those who follow Allah’s laws should be successful and prosperous in this world;

    Was Salam
    With love


    CONSERVATIVE MUSLIMS are proud to hold the ancient Islamic laws such as;

    1. Women have to wear Hijab, Burqa, Veil.
    2. They advocate not to eat meat that slaughtered by non Islam.
    3. They advocate eat “Halal food”
    4. They advocate Bank Islam.
    5. They advocate Islamic State, Syariah States.
    6. They reject the system Secular_democracy.
    7. They forbid marry with non Muslim.
    8. They forbid non Muslim to became a employee in Bank Islam, Airline etc
    9. They forbid non Muslim to join army, Police, and to hold a important position in Government.
    10. They advocate the sentence of flogging, beheading, cut off hand at front public square.


    1. Women do not need to wear Hijab, except if she live in desert area like saudi Arabia.

    2. Muslim allow to eat meat that slaughtered by non Muslim, except if there is conflict or war between Muslim with non Muslim.

    3. Muslim allow to drink alcohol if there is benefits for health, or as long as not harm your health as well pork.

    4.Bank Islam is forbidden, because there is discriminating act against non Muslim.

    5. Islamic State is also forbidden, because there is discriminating act against non Muslim.

    6. The system Secular-democracy is incompatible with Islam refer to QS 4;59.

    7. Muslim is allowed to marry with non Muslim if each of them respect religion and love each other, except at war time.

    8. A Good non Muslim is allowed to be president,or minister in majority Muslim.
    Because Islam condemn the act of discrimination. Islam is religion of Justice for all people regardless his religion, race and gender.

    9. Liberal Muslim advocate the system secular democracy. Religion( Church, Mosque, etc) and state have to be separated.

    10. Liberal Muslim protect the right Minority ( Women,atheist, gay-lesbian, Christian, Jew, Hindu etc ).

    11. Liberal Muslim advocate to change the criminal sentence code, such as flogging, beheading cut off hand at front of public.

    So Liberal Groups ( Muslim, Christian, Jews, Hindu, Atheist etc) can live in peace in this world, because they are tolerance and respect the differences, and protect the right of minority.

    Actually the Liberal Muslims who follow Allah’s laws rightly, they can live in peace, harmony and dignity, respect and love each other. This is the sense of Islam. Liberal government will protect the right of Minority even they are Gay-Lesbian etc.

    May God bless us all with peace, harmony and prosperity.

    Was Salam
    With my love

  3. Correction
    6. The system Secular-democracy is incompatible with Islam refer to QS 4;59.

    It should be compatible.
    6. The system secular -democracy is compatible with Islam refer to QS 4;59

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