- Sep 29, 2005
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- Surfing the Oceans of Liquidity
Link14:28 - THINGS AMERICANS TALK ABOUT I:
Yes, there was a lot of focus on the presidential candidates in the US, but most of the time, the things they talked about were much more interesting. Here is one of them:
A Pew survey, "Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream", showed that America´s 2.4 million Muslims integrate better and hold more moderate views than Muslims in Europe. The majority is very concerned about Islamic extremism, compared to around a third in France, Germany and Spain. 5% have a favourabel view of al-Qaeda (too many of course, but 5% of any population is always nuts, nazi or Stalinist).
They like the US, say that they want to adopt American customs, and see no conflict between faith and modern society. 71% say that Americans can get ahead through hard work, which is a higher proportion than among Americans in general - probably because they have done it themselves. The number on low incomes is just 2% higher than the average, compared to around 20% in Europe.
Only 47% consider themselves Muslim first and American second (even though most of them were born elsewhere). Does that sound like a lot? Then please note that 62% of white evangelicals say that they are Christian first and American second.