Muslims most Disliked group in America – Study says

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Rachael Revesz ,@RachaelRevesz ,Friday 16 September 2016

 

2016 has also been one of the worst years on record for attacks on mosques, Muslims have overtaken atheists as the most disapproved group in America Getty

James kottoor(Note:  In an effort to show extreme politeness not to offend the sensibilities of a particular religious community, most responsible writers and spokespersons try to present a more bright picture of Muslims than what it is in reality, whether in the middle East, Europe or America. So they  say: “All Muslims are not terrorists, but most of the terrorists caught are Muslims.” With the rise of the ISIS Muslims have become notorious before the world community.

 Now it is for the Muslim community all over the world, to make an extra effort to behave better to change their dirty image, instead of blaming their critics. No use smashing up the mirror if you look dirty in it. james kottoor, editor.)

         

Muslims are the most disapproved group in America, according to a new study, amid increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric from conservative politicians.

A new study from sociologists at the University of Minnesota, which analysed Americans’ perceptions of minority faith and racial groups, found that their disapproval of Muslims has almost doubled from about 26 per cent 10 years ago to 45.5 per cent in 2016.

Amid increasing focus on immigration, refugees and national security and in the wake of multiple terrorist attacks around the world, the study found that almost half of those surveyed would not want their child to marry a Muslim, compared to just 33.5 per cent of people a decade earlier.

Sadiq Khan says Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric is helping Isis.The report found that anti-Muslim violence spiked after the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001, as did attacks on Sikh Americans, who are often confused with Muslim Americans."Even the generally tolerant millennials exhibit relatively strong anti-Muslim sentiments," the report read.

Hussein Rashid, a professor at Barnard College in New York, told Religion News that the spike in intolerance is reflected by current political rhetoric."In 10 years, people have a more negative perception of Muslims, Jews, gays, Latinos, and Blacks," he said.

"As a new America is taking shape, with all its diversity, there is a reactionary response that wants a mythic America of everyone being exactly the same."The survey, completed by 2,521 people between February 2014 and March 2016, found that Jews, Latinos and Asian-Americans also saw their disapproval ratings jump by about 10 points each. 

Atheists were the second most disapproved group in the US, as they were associated with a "lack of morals".The news comes as the Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR) has announced that 2016 is on track to be one of the worst years for anti-mosque incidents, with 55 cases reported as of mid-September. There were 79 incidents in 2015.

"This trend of increasing violence targeting the American Muslim community is deeply troubling," said CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad. He added that 2016 was one of the worst years on record, involving vandalism, intimidation and physical assault.

"It is important for presidential candidates and other public figures to unify Americans against hate," he added. "Any American should be able to freely practise his or her religion without fear of harm or intimidation."

The most recent cases in September included someone throwing rocks through a window of a mosque in New Hampshire, a driver of a tractor-trailer being rammed twice into a mosque in Maryland and a man setting a mosque on fire in Florida.

In Georgia, Newtown County officials recently reversed their decision to ban the building of a new mosque and small cemetery on land purchased by the Muslim community, following concerns from locals that the land would be turned into an “Isis training camp”.

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  1. almayasabdam says:

    The Hindu International dated 18th September 2016, reported as follows:

    "Religion becomes a signal and a marker, an easy shorthand for Americans’ moral judgment," said Douglas Hartmann, an author of the study along with fellow sociologists Penny Edgell, Evan Stewart and Joseph Gerteis.

    Muslims are the most disapproved group in the US, according to a new study which also says that almost half of Americans surveyed would not want to have their children marry into this faith.

    A new study from sociologists at the University of Minnesota, which analysed Americans’ perceptions of minority faith and racial groups, found that their disapproval of Muslims has almost doubled from about 26 per cent 10 years ago to 45.5 per cent in 2016.

    Amid increasing focus on national security and in the wake of multiple terrorist attacks around the world, the study found that almost half of those surveyed would not want their child to marry a Muslim, compared to just 33.5 per cent of people a decade earlier.

    “Religion becomes a signal and a marker, an easy shorthand for Americans’ moral judgment,” said Douglas Hartmann, an author of the study along with fellow sociologists Penny Edgell, Evan Stewart and Joseph Gerteis.

    “But that is not the only thing going on with Muslims. It’s more complicated.”

    The report found that anti-Muslim violence spiked after the 9/11 attacks, as did attacks on Sikh-Americans, who are often confused with Muslim Americans. “Even the generally tolerant millennials exhibit relatively strong anti-Muslim sentiments,” the report said.

    Muslims have surpassed atheists to become the most disliked group in the US. Out of 2,500 respondents, 45.5 per cent said Muslims and 41.9 per cent said atheists.

    A decade ago, atheists were the most unpopular group, with 39.6 per cent of people disapproving of them and 26.3 per cent disapproving of Muslims, it said.

    The study was written from data collected between February 2014 and March 2016. It was published in the current issue of Social Forces journal.

    ISAAC GOMES
     

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