A nationwide telephone poll conducted by student researchers at Cornell University reports that nearly half the people questioned support limiting the rights of Muslim-Americans including the use of racial profiling and government infiltration of Muslim organizations. Researchers questioned 715 people and the poll had a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points. Support was highest among (surprise!) Republicans and the highly religious and lowest among Democrats and people who are less religious.
“It’s sad news. It’s disturbing news. But it’s not unpredictable,” said Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society.
“The nation is at war, even if it’s not a traditional war. We just have to remain vigilant and continue to interface.”
The 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 showed that 27 percent of respondents supported requiring all Muslim- Americans to register where they lived with the federal government.
Twenty-two percent favored racial profiling to identify potential terrorist threats. And 29 percent thought undercover agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organizations to keep tabs on their activities and fund raising.
I always find it somewhat ironic that the true defenders of religious liberty in this country tend not to be the highly religious people, but the liberals and the folks who aren’t particularly religious themselves. Given the opportunity, the Christian majority in this country would happily restrict the rights of not just the Muslims, but anyone else they aren’t fond of. The teaching of their particular ideology would be mandatory in public classrooms, and no one who wasn’t a Christian would be eligible to run for office.
When the Christians rose to power in Rome they took it upon themselves over the course of many years to destroy anything they associated with Paganism and ended up setting back humanity some 500 years and bringing on the period commonly referred to as the Dark Ages. Art, science, literature, education, technology, and society all suffered under the oppressive might of the then state-sanctioned Christian religion. At times it looks like we’re on the verge of seeing history repeat itself here in America. Christianity is enjoying its height of popularity here in the states and this has emboldened those who would have it mandated by the government to try harder than ever to undermine the very thing that allowed it to flourish. History has a bad habit of repeating when the lessons it imparts aren’t learned by future generations.