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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Muslims in America: About half face discrimination

Islamic Center in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by SimonP)
The first Pew survey “of its kind” since Donald Trump became president reveals that 48 percent of U.S. Muslims experienced “some form of discrimination in the past year.”

This is not surprising, considering that Trump has made it a point to publicly associate Islam with violence.  He has repeatedly suggested that “Muslims sympathize with others of their faith who resort to terror.”

According to this survey, the opposite is actually true.  American Muslims display “overwhelmingly negative” views regarding “Islamic extremism.”  However, about a third think that U.S. law enforcement is far from impartial when it comes to pursuing suspected terrorists.

Although the approximately 3.35 million Muslims in the United States face many challenges, many still believe in the American dream.  Echoing results from a 2007 Pew survey, there remains “an enduring belief that hard work can lead to success in this country.”


Copyright August 6, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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