Few Muslim Americans Feel Represented by Groups

Monday, 22 Aug 2011 04:01 AM

By T.M. Golub

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Muslim Americans tend to feel little affinity with sometimes radical groups that supposedly represent their interests, according to the website pajamasmedia.com, which noted that many of these organizations have some connection to the Muslim Brotherhood. 
 
The website cited several surveys, including a recent Gallup-affiliated poll. Those polled were asked by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center “which group represented them, if any.”
 
 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had the highest level of support, chose by 12 percent of men and 11 percent of women as representative of Muslim interests. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was second, with 4 percent and 7 percent of men and women choosing it respectively.
 
The Muslim Public Affairs Council was third, with 6 percent of men and 1 percent of women. The Islamic Circle of North America came in last, with 2 percent of men choosing it and less than 1 percent of women.
 
Since Sept. 11, 2001, support for these groups has waned and was “further damaged when CAIR and ISNA were labeled ‘unindicted co-conspirators’ in the Holy Land Foundation trial and tied to the Brotherhood and Hamas by the federal government,” according to the website.
 
“In 2007, the Washington Times reported that CAIR’s membership fell from 29,000 in 2000 to less than 1,700 in 2006,” according to the website. “This caused annual revenue from membership dues to also decline from nearly $734,000 to less than $59,000, forcing CAIR to rely upon about two dozen donors for most of its budget.
 
“In 2007, a Pew poll found that 78 percent of Muslim-Americans feel suicide bombings are never justified,” pajamasmedia.com said. “Most interestingly, the survey found that only 50 percent of Muslim-Americans take the Koran entirely literally.”
 
However, “the picture isn’t entirely rosy. A small minority can do horrible things if radicalized and indeed, the Obama administration agrees that homegrown terrorism is on the rise,” warns the website.
 
Regarding Israel and the Palestinians, the poll “also found that 81 percent of Muslim-Americans support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which violates a core tenet of the Islamist ideology. Only 10 percent say killing civilians can sometimes be justified, the lowest of the religious groups surveyed,” notes the website.
 
The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center is a research hub based in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
 

 

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