Radical U.S. Muslims Little Threat, Study Says
Posted: 18 February 2012 05:55 AM   [ Ignore ]
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(I predict that yesterday’s arrest of a “Moroccan man in an alleged plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Capitol, the latest in a series of terrorism-related arrests resulting from undercover sting operations”[http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/federal-agents-arrest-man-who-allegedly-planned-suicide-bombing-on-us-capitol/2012/02/17/gIQAtYZ7JR_story.html ] will make some relatively anti-Islamic freethinkers dismiss this study, even though the suspect isn’t even American.—Josh)

Radical U.S. Muslims Little Threat, Study Says

By SCOTT SHANE
February 7, 2012
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/us/radical-muslim-americans-pose-little-threat-study-says.html

WASHINGTON - A feared wave of homegrown terrorism by radicalized Muslim Americans has not materialized, with plots and arrests dropping sharply over the two years since an unusual peak in 2009, according to a new study by a North Carolina research group.

The study, to be released on Wednesday, found that 20 Muslim Americans were charged in violent plots or attacks in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and a spike of 47 in 2009.

Charles Kurzman, the author of the report for the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, called terrorism by Muslim Americans “a minuscule threat to public safety.” Of about 14,000 murders in the United States last year, not a single one resulted from Islamic extremism, said Mr. Kurzman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina. . . .

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Posted: 18 February 2012 06:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Good point; while the threat is real, we have a better chance of being killed by bees than Muslim fanatics.

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Posted: 18 February 2012 10:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I think I heard that statistically one has a higher chance of getting killed by a lawn mower than due to a terrorist attack.

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Posted: 06 March 2012 12:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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March 5, 2012
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Buckle that chastity belt–A South Carolina county requires GOP abstinence pledge

Just when you thought the Taliban was strict–think again. A county in South Carolina is forcing GOP hopefuls to take a hefty moral pledge.
According to the Clinton Chronicle in South Carolina, the Laurens County Republican Party announced that a new resolution would require candidates who wish to run as Republicans to take an oath of character.
The oath forces candidates to pledge that they abstained from sex before marriage, do not have a same-sex partner, must take a homophobic stance on same-sex rights/civil unions, and must never ever look at pornography.
So naturally, that should attract the most highly qualified self-loathing sex addicts. Just saying.
Next up–female candidates who seek to run on the GOP ticket in Laurens County, S.C. must not expose an ounce of skin or they will be beaten with sticks. Welcome to 2012 B.C. in the GOP.

(highlight by me) Note that they have to start with a lie in order to qualify to run for office

I am more afraid of the new “Xian Law” than i am of Muslims establishing Sharia Law. Maybe that No.Carolina professor should study his neighbors to the south a little closer.

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Posted: 06 March 2012 07:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I’m with you, Write. It’s the same reaction I get when some camera hogging winger politician proposes a constitution ban on “sharia law” (which of course is already banned by the constitution). I fear that kind of thinking more than any threat they rail against.

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Posted: 06 March 2012 08:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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So they take the pledge, so what?! This is just more hypocritical garbage from the right. Who’s going to police these politicians when they meet in the stalls of the local gas station for a little one on one? How will the thought police uncover that porno mag hidden under Senator Hornblower’s bed? The pledge gives these aging white males a patina of righteousness and their constitutents peace of mind when they cast their vote all the while knowing full well that none of their behavior can be controlled by a useless promise to “be good”. But then again, truth and politics don’t mix well.


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