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As Rep. Peter King opened his controversial hearing into "radicalization in the American Muslim community" on Thursday morning, researchers were noting that King's claims about mosques in the United States being controlled by "radical imams" who are producing extremists are apparently untrue.

King, a Long Island Republican under fire for once supporting Irish Republican Army terrorism but now pursuing Islamic extremism, has claimed that over 80 percent of American mosques are controlled by "radical imams" and that Muslims are "an enemy living amongst us" who are not helping authorities combat terrorism. He has also lamented the number of mosques in the United States because they breed "home-grown" terrorists.

But a 2008 survey of 1,410 Muslims that was the largest ever conducted showed that almost all Muslims who regularly go to a mosque are likely to agree with the statement that Islam and the American political system are compatible.

The study by Karam Dana, who teaches at Tufts University, and colleague Matt A. Barreto shows that among Muslims who do not attend religious services regularly, 77 percent answered "yes" when asked whether Islam and American political values are compatible. Among those who are regularly involved in a mosque, that figure rose to 95 percent. The research confirmed results from a smaller, earlier survey.

"The more religious American Muslims happen to be, the more they participate in American politics," Dana told Religion News Service.

Like other religious institutions in the United States, mosques have helped members assimilate into American society and promoted support for American civic and political values, Dana said.

"Decades of scholarship on religious institutions, be they churches or synagogues, have shown that they foster participation in the political system," said Dana. "We believe that mosques are no different."

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JonDomin

surveys and statistics....are statistically inaccurate

March 23 2011 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

I always find these polls and surveys amusing since, as an Independent with many friends on both sides, I can rarely find anyone that agrees with them and certainly not in numbers that support what they allegedly report.

March 12 2011 at 7:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Michael Ryle

Change "Muslim" to "Communist" and "King" to "McCarthy" and it's 1953 all over again.

March 11 2011 at 2:51 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

If this survey is right then muslim will have no problem with what King is doing. This is thier chance to show all america how they believe americans laws come first. That they will work with law enforcement to stop raticals from killing americans. Organizations like CAIR will show that are not telling muslim not to talk to the FBI, or was that on thier website?

March 11 2011 at 7:25 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Charlie

Why should Muslims have no problem with King's fear-mongering and hate-mongering, given the hate crimes they've been subject to in recent years?

March 12 2011 at 11:10 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
ufgatorcar

mickey said "Muslims actually have an affirmative obligation to lie to non-Muslims and to conceal their intentions. This practice is called Tikkyah (or T'quyiah)." Of course, if one googles either spelling you get nothing but recipes. But no doubt its true cause mickey heard it from his anti-muslim friends. Another example of American "exceptionalism."

March 10 2011 at 3:52 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
mickey1st

Muslims actually have an affirmative obligation to lie to non-Muslims and to conceal their intentions. This practice is called Tikkyah (or T'quyiah); in English: "Dissimulation." This concept is totally alien to Judeo-Christian tradition which values truth and integrity. This study is totally useless.

March 10 2011 at 2:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
klovepr

"But a 2008 survey of 1,410 Muslims that was the largest ever conducted showed that almost all Muslims who regularly go to a mosque are likely to agree with the statement that Islam and the American political system are compatible."

Really? Fourteen hundred Muslims told you this??? Well sure I believe them!

March 10 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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ajschrod

We should TRY to believe they want to be good American citizens. They are from lands where religion is much more important than "country"--unlike here--and will become more secularized as years go by, just as devout Catholics and conservative protestants and Jews have evolved the last 50 yrs or so. As educated females gain power and prestige in the world, middle eastern radical Islam is going to suffer badly

March 16 2011 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rlr1001

Muslims have no problem with lying to infidels...including poll takers.

March 10 2011 at 12:42 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
JerrellB

What a biased, incomplete report. Using an outdated,unverified survey to base an opinion on. Can you begin to understand why so many Americans don't trust political writers.

March 10 2011 at 11:53 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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oaklane13

We know political writers are left-wing ideologues, like the annointed one they helped put in the WHITE HOUSE!

March 10 2011 at 5:08 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

I suppose if I were a minority in a country, I would say the same thing. Are we to believe that muslims are always honest and forthcoming. It takes guts to do what Rep King is doing................too bad so many of our politicians are first and foremost looking out for their own seat of power, versus doing what is necessary to protect the American people. Stay strong, Rep King, we need many, many more, just like you.

March 10 2011 at 11:29 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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