Glenn Greenwald offers an interesting perspective on the Right Wing Blogosmear's (over)reaction to a recent poll showing a small percentage of young American Muslims believe suicide bombings are justifiable:
Today's anti-Muslim warrior ritual is based upon nothing more substantial than the series of exciting loud noises and bulk cell phone purchases at various Wal-Marts that proved to be so disappointing. They cite the findings that minorities of American Muslims can conceive of circumstances in which suicide bombings are justified to defend Islam, and that a majority of the respondents (a) believe the war in Afghanistan is wrong; (b) think of themselves as "Muslims first," rather than "Americans first"; and (c) favor larger government. How much longer can the Republic withstand the grave Islamic Threat From Within?
Greenwald cites a Pew Research poll on American attitudes on torture to point out their
hypocrisy moral position on the matter (emphasis his).
Note that majorities of white Christians want to torture not merely actual terrorists, but they also want to torture "terrorist suspects" as well, i.e., a group that almost certainly includes perfectly innocent people.
And majorities of white Christians -- Catholics, evangelicals and protestants -- believe in torture not merely in the improbable-in-the-extreme "ticking time bomb" scenario; rather, they believe in torture as a matter of course (i.e., more than "rarely" -- either "often or "sometimes"). (By stark and revealing contrast, "secularists" oppose torture in far greater numbers). Think about how depraved that is: what kind of religious individual affirmatively believes that people should be routinely tortured, including people who have never been proven to have done anything wrong?
Furthermore, the Pew Poll from today itself revealed that 42% of American Christians -- 42% -- consider themselves "Christians first," not "Americans first." A very substantial portion of Christians, then, place allegiance to their religion above that of allegiance to the United States.
And if that wasn't enough to make the Malkin-tents shriek, he tosses in a Newsweek poll for good measure:
Nearly half (48 percent) of the public rejects the scientific theory of evolution; one-third (34 percent) of college graduates say they accept the Biblical account of creation as fact. Seventy-three percent of Evangelical Protestants say they believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years; 39 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 41 percent of Catholics agree with that view.
These people don't see themselves as Christian Americans, they see themselves as American Christians, and that's fine... but that position has no place in the White House.
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