On a WTF!?! note:
Nearly one in two Americans believe the U.S. government should restrict civil liberties for Muslim-Americans, according to a nationwide Cornell University poll on terrorism fears.
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The Cornell survey found 44 percent favored at least some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. Forty-eight percent said liberties should not be restricted in any way.
The survey asked respondents about four specific restrictions, all of which have been seriously suggested, noted Shanahan.
Specifically, the survey found:
27 percent of respondents said all Muslim Americans should be required to register their location with the federal government.
26 percent said mosques should be closely monitored by U.S. law enforcement agencies.
29 percent agreed undercover law enforcement agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations to keep tabs on their activities and fund raising.
22 percent said the federal government should profile citizens as potential threats based on the fact they are Muslim or have Middle Eastern heritage.
The survey also examined the relation of religion to perceptions of Islam and Islamic countries and found the more religious a person described themselves, the more negative their views on Islam.
The amount of attention paid to TV news also had a bearing on how strongly a respondent favored restrictions.
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In each of the four instances, Republicans favored restrictions by an almost 2-to-1 margin over Democrats and Independents.
Did it strike anyone else that this article/survey uses the phrase Muslim-American? Should we start using Christian-American or Buddhist-American?
On another note, I just discovered Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. “Me & Mia” is a kickass song.