ITHACA, NY, Dec. 17 (UPI) – A Cornell University poll finds that 44 percent of the U.S. population believe that Muslim Americans are a threat and their civil liberties should be curtailed.
The survey found that 27 percent of respondents believe Muslim Americans should be required to register with federal law enforcement agencies, 26 percent say that investigators should monitor mosques and 29 percent that undercover police officers should infiltrate Islamic organizations. And 22 percent would accept profiling of Muslims and people with Middle Eastern ties.
Fascinating! That 44% of Americans (those defenders of liberty) would even consider curtailing the liberties of fellow Americans - especially based on creed or color. Aren’t we the ones that are liberating the Iraqis so that they may enjoy the liberty that all peoples should have? Aren’t we the ones that are sending our sons and daughters to be maimed and killed all in the name of civil liberties?
Haven’t we fought wars over these very ideals? Have we not fought amongst ourselves over the liberties of man NOT being based on their color? Aren’t we still trying to deal with the national shame of interring Japanese during the ’40s? (No I s’pose not - we just ignore that…)
The survey found that Republicans are more likely to favor security over civil rights for Muslims than Democrats. Those who described themselves as religious Christians were more likely to perceive Islam as encouraging violence and Islamic countries as violent and dangerous than those who said they were not religious.
Gomer Pyle voice: Surpriiise! Surpriiise! Surpriiiise…
But the overwhelming majority of both groups said that Islam is oppressive to women.
Well! There’s a reason to round ‘em up and stuff ‘em in a hole! In MY America, women are free to be as oppressed as they choose to be. If they want to join the Mormon church and marry a polygamist, then by golly they should be allowed to do so. If they choose to be subjugated by their religous beliefs, then by God they shall be.
Aljazeera is running this as a top-of-the-page story.
“America will lead by defending liberty and justice because they are right and true and unchanging for all people everywhere.”
George W. Bush, State Of The Union Address, 2002