Adam L. Silverman, PhD*
I was all set to write something to not only highlight, but rebut the absolute wrongness that is reported in this NY Times article on one of the key individuals behind the anti-Sharia movement in the US (hat tip to Steve Benen). Fortunately I saw this very interesting article about the most recent Gallup Polling, and the report based on it, pertaining to both Muslim American attitudes and the attitudes towards Muslims by other religious groups. The full report can be found here: (Download MAR_Report_ADGC_Bilingual_072011_sa_LR_web). Among other things it indicates that Muslim Americans are the most likely of any religious adherents in the US to oppose attacks on civilians, either by the military or other actors, that Muslim Americans identify as strongly with America as they do with their religion, and as a direct antidote to what the NY Times article reports, Jewish Americans are even more likely than Muslim Americans to recongize and indicate that Muslim Americans face prejudice in the US.
* Adam L. Silverman is the Culture and Foreign Language Advisor at the US Army War College. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Army War College or the US Army.