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U.S. born Muslims more hostile to America


By Daniel Greenfield

The source is one of those Pew writeups that is 99 percent spin and 1 percent statistics. I’ll skip on quoting much of it, because it’s largely concerned with promoting claims of Muslim victimhood. But it does show a pattern.

The common pattern in America and Europe is that Muslim settlers born in the host country are actually more negatively disposed to the country than their immigrant parents.

European defenders usually put this down to the classic “failure to integrate.” And their American cousins insisted that we wouldn’t have “no go zones” because we didn’t have that problem. Except it turns out that second-generation immigrants are more likely to have issues with us.

Indeed, just three-in-ten U.S.-born Muslims say the American people are friendly toward Muslim Americans, compared to 73% of immigrants who feel this way.

And U.S.-born Muslims are more likely than their immigrant counterparts to say there is discrimination against Muslims, and to say they have personally experienced at least one of several specific types of discrimination, such as people acting suspicious of them or calling them offensive names, being singled out by airport security or by some other law enforcement, or being physically attacked or threatened.

Nine-in-ten (91%) U.S.-born Muslims say there is a lot of discrimination against Muslims, compared with 65% of immigrants who say this. And six-in-ten U.S.-born Muslims (61%) say that in the past 12 months they have experienced at least one of the specific types of discriminatory behavior asked about in the survey, compared with 39% of immigrants who say this.

If this discrimination were real, immigrants would be likely to have experienced it. That’s just common sense.

Immigrants would be far more likely to have negative experiences with airport security. And if Americans are hostile to Muslims, immigrants, with accents and foreign dress, are far more likely to encounter it.

So, like most claims of Islamophobia, this is a myth. But it does reflect how they see us. The people you are hostile toward, generally appear hostile to you. These statistics reflect the fact that second-generation Muslim immigrant settlers are more hostile than their parents. And this is reflected in the pattern of Islamic terrorism.

The question might be why.

Second-generation Muslim migrants are more likely to have been indoctrinated by the CAIR/MSA/ISNA establishment and its leftist allies into seeing hostility everywhere. But the basic xenophobia also seems to manifest itself, universally, more in the second generation which has the right accent and could feel a sense of ownership, if not for religious differences.

Islam makes it difficult for the followers of its creed to genuinely feel part of any non-Muslim nation which does not follow Islamic law and is, therefore, a part of the Dar-Al-Harb which must be conquered and subjugated. Immigrants don’t have that same keen sense of the separation. It’s the Muslim settlers born in this country who feel that the only thing standing between them and the country they were born in is its refusal to adopt Islam.

This article first appeared at FrontPageMag.