Some Young American Muslims Take Extreme View

Overall picture looks good, survey reveals
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted May 23, 2007 10:12 AM CDT
Some Young American Muslims Take Extreme View
USA. New York City. 2003. An Orthodox Jew with an arab shawl protests against the occupation of Palestine along with New York Muslims, as anti-war in Iraq and pro-Palestinian demonstrators (NYC29762)   (Magnum Photos)

(Newser) – Young American Muslims are more religious and more willing to defend Islamic extremists than are their elders, a new study concludes. One in four US Muslims under 30 say they believe that suicide attacks may be justified, compared to just 6% of those over 30. Overall, American Muslims are more satisfied with their lives than their European counterparts.

More than half of respondents in the Pew study said the government disproportionately targets Muslims for surveillance, and only a quarter say Arabs were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. An American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee representative says the figures hide the fact that most Muslims see America as a land of opportunity: "The American dream is still very much alive here." (Read more Muslims stories.)

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