The Pew Research Center poll being reported today has some interesting items. The report shows that almost 80% of US Muslims do not believe suicide attacks are justifiable. That, unfortunately, leaves 20% or so either expressing no opinion or saying that it can either sometimes be justified or often justified. (Those last 2 categories are reported as being 7% and 1%, respectively.)
I’ll leave the particulars to interested readers to pick up. You can see the entire report here (PDF).
The item I really wanted to highlight was this one: Only 40% of US Muslims surveyed believe that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by Arab men. In spite of the obvious evidence available from the investigations and the explicit admissions from Al Qaeda, they continue to disbelieve. The report doesn’t say who they think is responsible but there’s only a few suspects once you decide to deny the facts: the US government and Israel.
I’m really very happy that most US Muslims don’t think blowing up a bunch of school kids on buses is justifiable but how can we expect this particular segment of our populace to engage in our democracy when they so clearly distrust our government (by the people, for the people, and all that) that they’ll continue to believe Truther nonsense on so critical a matter as this one?