Muslims are most disliked group in US, study finds
Muslims are the most disapproved group in USA, according to a new study,
amid increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric from conservative politicians. The
study analysed Americans' perceptions of minority & racial groups, found
that their disapproval of Muslims has almost doubled to 45.5% in the past
| The Independent | Updated: Sep 17, 2016, 09.24 PM IST
[image: Description: Even the generally tolerant millennials exhibit
relatively strong anti-Muslim sentiments, the report states.]Even the
generally tolerant millennials exhibit relatively strong anti-Muslim
sentiments, the report states.
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.
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
<http://www.happytrips.com/topic/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 <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/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 survey, completed by 2,521 people between February 2014 and March 2016,
found that Jews, Latinos and Asian-Americans
<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/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
The news comes as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
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."
Not only in US but in the entire world barring the Islamic nations! And
they have their male chauvinistic bigotry espoused in Islam and Arab
supremacist / duplicity to blame for the same.Somnath DasGupta
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 <http://www.happytrips.com/topic/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 <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/ISIS>
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