This information makes up the introductory portion of the briefing that I have been delivering around the country for the past 3 years. It is important given the mounting evidence of Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the West, and the US in particular.
On 22 May 2007, the Pew Research Center, certainly not a “conservative” organization, published a report on a survey that they conducted of Muslims in America. The name of that report was “Muslims in America: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream.”
Pew rolled it out as a celebration of Muslims in America. The media jumped on the bandwagon and the report was received with delight.
But there are aspects of the report which deserve more scrutiny and which Pew and the media essentially ignored in their spin during the release.
First a few background highlights:
• Pew reported that there were 2.35 million Muslims in America, including 1.4 million over the age of 18 (the target group of the survey).
This is important because the Muslim Brotherhood organizations, such as CAIR and ISNA, frequently claim that there are 5-6 million Muslims in America. President Obama parroted the bogus 5-6 million figure from the Muslim Brotherhood in his 2009 Cairo speech.
• 30% of the 1.4 million (420,000) were said to be between 18 and 29.
This is important because this is the demographic most likely to be involved in jihadist activity.
Most importantly, there were two particularly relevant questions that were buried deep in the Pew survey that Pew chose not to address or highlight in its release and rollout of the report:
Relevant Question Number 1: Can Suicide Bombing of Civilian Targets to Defend Islam be Justified?
A: Often/Sometimes: 8%
A: Rarely: 5%
A: Don’t Know/Refuse to Answer: 9%
A: Never: 78%
In other words, AT LEAST 13% of American Muslims believed that suicide bombings of civilian targets was justified at least in some circumstances.
182,000 Muslims in America over the age of 18 believed that Islamikaze bombings of civilian targets was justified at least in some circumstances.
Here is another important point: This same question was asked of Muslims under the age of 30 (the age group most associated with jihadist activity):
A: Often/Sometimes: 15%
A: Rarely: 11%
A: Don’t know/refuse to answer: 5%?
A: Never: 69%
26% or 109,200 Muslims in America between 18 and 29 believed that Islamikaze bombings of civilian targets was justified at least in some circumstances.
Relevant Question Number 2: What is your view of Al Qaeda?
A: Favorable: 5%
A: Somewhat Unfavorable: 10%
A: Don’t Know/Refuse to Answer: 27%
A: Very Unfavorable: 58%
Same questions to Muslims under 30:
A: Favorable: 7%
A: Somewhat Unfavorable: 16%
A: Don’t Know/Refuse to Answer: 19%
A: Very Unfavorable: 58%
70,000 Muslims in America admitted to having a favorable view of Al Qaeda.
29,400 Muslims in America between the ages of 18 and 29 admitted to having a favorable view of Al Qaeda.
It is particularly noteworthy that younger Muslims in America appear to be more predisposed to violent Jihad than older Muslims based upon the answers to these two questions.
Note that this survey was conducted of Muslims in America, not Muslims in Benghazi, Ramadi, Fallujah, Gaza, Cairo, Sana’a, Tehran, Kandahar, or Islamabad. The tens of thousands of Muslims that harbor these views all live in America. These numbers are staggering and frightening.