Thursday, December 17, 2009

Little Support For Terrorism Among Muslim Americans

Recent events such as the Fort Hood shootings and the arrest of five Muslim American students in Pakistan have raised questions about the threat of homegrown terrorism in the United States.

However, the Pew Research Center's comprehensive portrait of the Muslim American population suggests it is less likely to be a fertile breeding ground for terrorism than Muslim minority communities in other countries.

Unlike Western Europe's Muslim populations, Muslims in the U.S. are generally as well-educated and financially well-off as the general population.

Violent jihad is discordant with the values, outlook, and attitudes of the vast majority of Muslim Americans, most of whom reject extremism, the survey finds.

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