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On The Eve Of 9/11, Biden Continues The claim Of Islam As A Religion Of Peace

On The Eve Of 9/11, Biden Continues The claim Of Islam As A Religion Of Peace

One of the things I love about Trump was when he went to Saudi Arabia; he openly admitted that Islam had a problem, the support for radicalism from within, and asked the Saudi’s and others to help combat this. Yet once more, we are bombarded with the claim that started with Bush after 9/11 that Islam is a peaceful religion. Yet, the polling, and the fact that over 95% of all terrorist attacks worldwide have one common theme, they are done by radical Muslims, calls this statement into question.

While I will admit, in most Western societies, followers of Islam are overwhelmingly peaceful, the polling even shows this is due to their size, not their beliefs. Yet we are told again and again how peaceful this faith is, yet I don’t see Christians killing others for converting, Jews marrying their children off to older men, and if such a thing is done, it is universally condemned.

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We hear that Christianity had a history of violence, so we have no right to question Islam on this, yet we are talking hundreds of years, I sure would not see medieval medical practices today and listen to someone telling me that we should not question that, so why can’t we call this out with Islam?

There are groups within Islam pushing for change, yet we continue to see western leaders turn their back on them. Instead, they continue to back radicals, then act shocked when they do radical things; it makes no sense.

We as a nation need to be real about the danger radical Islam poses; this does not mean we need to go to war with it, but we need to help those within Islam that want changes, to see it brought into a modern age, as Christianity and Judaism have done.

Since we are looking back on 9/11, I think it is important to remember what the reaction of Islam was on the day when we were attacked so many years ago.

We can look at polling and see there was overwhelming support for Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks:

al-Arabiya: 36% of Arabs polled said the 9/11 attacks were morally justified; 38% disagreed; 26% Unsure
http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/09/10/166274.html

Gallup: 38.6% of Muslims believe 9/11 attacks were justified (7% “fully”, 6.5% “mostly”, 23.1% “partially”)
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2008/05/that-tiny-percentage-of-radical-muslims.html
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC06.php?CID=1154

But this goes much deeper than this; while the numbers in the West and Muslims within is much less if you look at support for terrorism within the Middle East, it is terrifying.

ICM Poll: 20% of British Muslims sympathize with 7/7 bombers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1510866/Poll-reveals-40pc-of-Muslims-want-sharia-law-in-UK.html

Channel Four (2006): 31% of younger British Muslims say 7/7 bombings were justified compared to 14% of those over 45.
http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/images/publications/living%20apart%20together%20-%20jan%2007.pdf

16% of young Muslims in Belgium state terrorism is “acceptable.”
http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/1275/Islam/article/detail/1619036/2013/04/22/Zestien-procent-moslimjongens-vindt-terrorisme-aanvaardbaar.dhtml

Populus Poll (2006): 12% of young Muslims in Britain (and 12% overall) believe that suicide attacks against civilians in Britain can be justified.  1 in 4 support suicide attacks against British troops.
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/07/more-survey-research-from-a-british-islamist

Pew Research (2007): 26% of younger Muslims in America believe suicide bombings are justified.
35% of young Muslims in Britain believe suicide bombings are justified (24% overall).
42% of young Muslims in France believe suicide bombings are justified (35% overall).
22% of young Muslims in Germany believe suicide bombings are justified. (13% overall).
29% of young Muslims in Spain believe suicide bombings are justified. (25% overall).
https://selectra.co.uk/sites/selectra.co.uk/files/pdf/muslim-americans.pdf#page=60

Pew Research (2011): 8% of Muslims in America believe suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified (81% never).
28% of Egyptian Muslims believe suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified (38% never).

http://www.people-press.org/2011/08/30/muslim-americans-no-signs-of-growth-in-alienation-or-support-for-extremism/

Pew Research (2007): Muslim-Americans who identify more strongly with their religion are three times more likely to feel that suicide bombings are justified
https://selectra.co.uk/sites/selectra.co.uk/files/pdf/muslim-americans.pdf#page=60

27% of British Muslims do not support the deportation of Islamic extremists preaching violence and hate.
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/07/more-survey-research-from-a-british-islamist.html

Federation of Student Islamic Societies: About 1 in 5 Muslim students in Britain (18%) would not report a fellow Muslim planning a terror attack.
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/07/more-survey-research-from-a-british-islamist

ICM Poll: 25% of British Muslims disagree that a Muslim has an obligation to report terrorists to the police.
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/07/more-survey-research-from-a-british-islamist

Populus Poll (2006): 16% of British Muslims believe suicide attacks against Israelis are justified.
37% believe Jews in Britain are a “legitimate target.”

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/07/more-survey-research-from-a-british-islamist

Yet when we go to Muslim majority nations, we see a huge difference.

People-Press: 31% of Turks support suicide attacks against Westerners in Iraq.
http://people-press.org/report/206/a-year-after-iraq-war

YNet: One-third of Palestinians (32%) supported the slaughter of a Jewish family, including the children:
http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/04/06/32-of-palestinians-support-infanticide/
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4053251,00.html

World Public Opinion: 83% of Egyptians approve of attacks on American troops.
26% of Indonesians approve of attacks on American troops.
26% of Pakistanis approve of attacks on American troops.
68% of Moroccans approve of attacks on American troops.
90% of Palestinians approve of attacks on American troops.
72% of Jordanians approve of attacks on American troops.
52% of Turks approve of some or most groups that attack Americans (39% oppose)
A minority of Muslims disagreed entirely with terror attacks on American troops.
About half of those opposed to attacking Americans were sympathetic with al-Qaeda’s attitude toward the U.S.
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/feb09/STARTII_Feb09_rpt.pdf

World Public Opinion (2009): 30% of Palestinians support attacks on American civilians working in Muslim countries.  24% support the murder of Americans on U.S. soil.
Only 74% of Turks and 55% of Pakistanis disapprove of terror attacks against civilians on U.S. soil.
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/feb09/STARTII_Feb09_rpt.pdf

Pew Research (2013): At least 1 in 4 Muslims do not reject violence against civilians (the study did not distinguish between those who believe it is partially justified and never justified).
http://www.pewforum.org/uploadedFiles/Topics/Religious_Affiliation/Muslim/worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-full-report.pdf

Pew Research (2013): 15% of Muslims in Turkey support suicide bombings (also 11% in Kosovo, 26% in Malaysia, and 26% in Bangladesh).
http://www.pewforum.org/uploadedFiles/Topics/Religious_Affiliation/Muslim/worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-full-report.pdf

PCPO (2014): 89% of Palestinians support Hamas and other terrorists firing rockets at Israeli civilians.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/08/poll-89-of-palestinians-support-jihad-terror-attacks-on-israely

Pew Research (2013): Only 57% of Muslims worldwide disapprove of al-Qaeda. Only 51% disapprove of the Taliban.  13% support both groups, and 1 in 4 refuse to say.
http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/09/10/muslim-publics-share-concerns-about-extremist-groups/

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To continue to perpetuate the lie that Islam today is a religion of peace is lying to the people, it isn’t, but it can be. There are forces right now fighting for the soul of the faith; one wants to drag the religion back to the dark ages, the other side wants to usher it into the modern age, to take its place among the other faiths with peaceful coexistence.

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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