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-Is an ‘Unfavorable View’ of Islam Necessarily the Result of Ignorance?

by Dr. D ~ January 25th, 2010

Crescent Moon, My creation.
(Islamic Symbol via Wikipedia)

Last Thursday Gallup released the results of a recent ‘World Religion Survey’ showing that 53% of Americans had at the very least a ‘not too favorable’ view of Islam.

In a separate question American were asked to express how much prejudice they had against 4 major world religions- Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. 43% of Americans said that they had at least ‘a little’ prejudice against Muslims. Far higher than the other three religions in the survey.

I looked at at least a half a dozen different takes on this survey and nearly all of them expressed the negative side of these statistics rather than the positive. I believe that that was the point of the whole survey, to put Americans in a bad light and shame them in regard to their views and understanding of Islam.

A positive view of the same stats show that 47% have a positive view of Islam and 57% claim to have no prejudice against Muslims at all. Frankly, I don’t know why the ‘positives’ are even this high considering some of our recent history.

Nearly every article that I read claimed that the major problem was American ignorance of Islam. Several articles pointed out that at least 63% of the country knew ‘only a little’ or ‘nothing at all’ about the Muslim religion.

In my experience, ignorance is not necessarily the cause of an unfavorable view of Islam. Also, greater knowledge doesn’t necessarily bring with it a better view. Actually it could result in an even worse opinion.

I will say this—when all I knew was only a little bit about Islam my view of the religion was far more positive. As I have read the Quran and studied more about the core beliefs of the faith my opinion of Islam has decrease considerably. Particularly when I look at the countries where Islam is the dominant religion and where sharia law rules.

We are told that the radical Islamists represent only a tiny percentage of Muslims around the world and that may be true. It is true that most Muslims in America are peaceful and only want the best for America. I have come across many fine folks that are Muslim and a few others that are not so much—just like any other group in America.

However, when you look at what is happening in Muslim countries –the way woman are treated, the discrimination and outright persecution of Christians and other religions, the honor killings, the beheadings, the floggings, the amputations for theft, the hangings and crucifixions, the over-the-top religious police and major punishment for minor offences, the punishment of women who are rape victims, the forced conversions, continuing support for slavery and domestic servitude, and etc.—a week doesn’t go by when you can’t find most of the above taking place somewhere in the Muslim world and most of it supported or perpetrated by Muslim authorities and clergy.

No, an ‘unfavorable view of Islam’ can also be the result of knowing too much.            *Top

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