May 22, 2007

That's mostly comforting.

Most U.S. Muslims reject suicide bombings

Of course, it's not the ones who reject the nihilistic pathway to a heavenly cathouse, but the ones who think it's a keen idea that cause me some concern.

WASHINGTON (AP) One in four younger U.S. Muslims say suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances, though most Muslim Americans overwhelmingly reject the tactic and are critical of Islamic extremism and al-Qaida, a poll says. [...]

Something for our Muslim brothers and sisters to understand when they might want to complain about people giving them the stinkeye or being less than overwhelmingly friendly--it's hard to tell just on appearance the honest, hard-working, "we really DO want to live in peace" variety from the type with the short fuse who want to send as many infidels and apostates out from among the living as they can. It doesn't help things when the good folks' level of vocal and material opposition to the exploding undergarments sect is on the tepid side. And based on this poll, it's worth noting that among the 2,350,000 followers of Islam in America, there are apparently around 13%, or 305,500 folks who think suicide bombings are a nifty idea.

Yes, there have always been people of all faiths who abused their understanding of God and used a perverted faith to justify murder and mayhem, but there have been very few groups in history so unconcerned about killing innocents along with themselves as there are with the current crop of radical jihadis, and to ignore that or say it's misplaced fear is the height of ignorance.

Just a tip--if there were 305,500 fat old rednecks strapping on C4 to go forth to the mall to rid the world of themselves and their enemies, even though I wasn't one of them, I would have a bit of understanding about why someone might not want to sit near me in a restaurant, or might be a bit put-off if they had to ride with me in an airplane. If you tire of being the butt of stereotypes as violent and backward, it's time to start talking to these 305,500 folks within your midst (and the several other million around the world) and let them know they're making it hard on you to live your peaceful lives. As we say down here--it's time to cull your nuts.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 22, 2007 10:00 AM