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Defend U.S. freedom: Restrict Muslims' civil rights! :^)

The above headline is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a disturbing story about a poll by Cornell University: More than half of Americans would support limiting the civil rights of Muslims.

For those who did support such a limit, I wonder who they would have supported for president?

Here's an excerpt from an Associated Press story carried by CTV.ca:

The survey conducted by Cornell University also found that Republicans and people who described themselves as highly religious were more apt to support curtailing Muslims' civil liberties than Democrats or people who are less religious.

Researchers also found that respondents who paid more attention to television news were more likely to fear terrorist attacks and support limiting the rights of Muslim Americans.

Well, that answers that! :)

Another excerpt:

The survey found 44 percent favored at least some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. Forty-eight percent said liberties should not be restricted in any way.

The researchers want to look deeper into the role of religion and television news in making people more willing to restrict this particular minority's rights.

Here's a link to the actual poll's news release.

And here's an excerpt from it:

The survey also examined the relation of religiosity to perceptions of Islam and Islamic countries among Christian respondents. Sixty-five percent of self-described highly religious people queried said they view Islam as encouraging violence more than other religions do; in comparison, 42 percent of the respondents who said they were not highly religious saw Islam as encouraging violence. In addition, highly religious respondents also were more likely to describe Islamic countries as violent (64 percent), fanatical (61 percent) and dangerous (64 percent). Fewer of the respondents who said they were not highly religious described Islamic countries as violent (49 percent), fanatical (46 percent) and dangerous (44 percent). But 80 percent of all respondents said they see Islamic countries as being oppressive toward women.

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