Pew poll shows modest rise in concerns about Islamic extremism

November 18, 2009

A new poll by the Pew Research Center and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life shows a modest rise in concern among Americans about the threat of Islamic militancy following the deadly shootings in Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this month. Here is a link to the survey.

The nationwide survey, conducted among over 1,000 Americans, found 52 percent were “very concerned” about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the United States compared to 46 percent in April of 2007.


It also found that 49 percent were very concerned about the “rise of Islamic extremism around the world” compared to 48 percent in April of 2007.

The survey was conducted Nov. 12-15, a week after 13 people were killed in a shooting at the Fort Hood Army post. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim born in the United States to immigrant parents, has been charged with  murder in the case. U.S. intelligence agencies have said he tried to contact Islamists with suspected al Qaeda ties.

(Photo: Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the the suspect in  the mass shooting at the U.S. Army post in Fort Hood, Texas. REUTERS/Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences/Handout)


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The way to defend ones self from Islamic extremism is by embracing Biblical Christianity. That may be extremism to some but it is a smart move because there is no way that terrorism can defeat Biblical Christianity. How do you defeat something that cannot be seen.

Posted by John Moore | Report as abusive

HOW TO PREVENT FUTURE NIDAL HASANSWe have read with concern the many signs Major Hasan provided which would indicate an unstable and potentially dangerous frame of mind. Our concern is that those who actually saw and heard the signs and those to whom the signs were reported did not act upon them. From Hasan’s contact with a radical imam, to the initials SoA (Soldier of Allah) on his business card, to his comment that he was a Muslim first and a soldier second – there is no doubt the signs that he was potentially dangerous were there for all to see.Furthermore, he was under surveillance by two Terrorist Task Forces, one with Department of Defense oversight and the other with FBI oversight. So why wasn’t he stopped?The answer is quite simple – The military does not have an objective and culturally neutral system that collects information and evaluates it to determine the degree (or level) of aggression an individual is displaying, nor has it people who have a clear responsibility to observe and report this information within an objective system nor a team who is responsible to evaluate it and respond. The military does not have the AMIS solution and it desperately needs it! Major Hasan has illustrated out vulnerable we are, learn more about the problem and the solution by reading our Blog:

Posted by John Byrnes | Report as abusive

Skyrocketing suicide rates, soldiers going crazy and killing each other, hundreds of thousands of soldiers with mental ill, these things will all remain the norm when bureaucrats ask them to kill for their personal political and economic gains.When you tell soldiers to kill Iraqi’s because they have WMD’s and it’s proven a lie? Expect some to lose their minds.When you tell soldiers to kill Afghani’s because it’s your goal to remove the Taliban and kill Osama and that’s proven to be a lie? Expect some to lose their minds.How soldiers are reacting to what they’ve been told should be completely expected.

Posted by Michael Ham | Report as abusive

Major Nidal is suffering anxiety and depression reaction state because his job as a soldier. He got an internal conflict on his mind and he hadn`t good life environment.

Posted by Dr. ibnu | Report as abusive

I think the problem is mainly due to religious torch bearers… Any religious torch bearer indulges in creating lavish empire of slaves for himself… Government should subject all religious torch bearers to scrutiny and subject to capital punishments for all deeds done under inspiration of unprovable things by laws of MORTALS. People should be selected in jobs on meritocracy and not on basis of religious beliefs… Religious people destroy peace.

Posted by Bud Wiser | Report as abusive