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Most Muslims in Region Reject Violence Against Civilians – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The Pew Forum on Religion continues to bring us facts and figures to enlighten our view of the religious world which is often clouded by a sensationalist media and the rose colored lenses of young ambitious journalists trying to move up the career ladder or older ones stuck in yesterday’s phobias and mired in a short and myopic view of a changing modern world where the acts of the few motivate and move the masses through the loud megaphone that is our entertainment driven media establishment…. Read the Pew article and tell us what you think…

“A new Pew Research Center survey report finds high levels of concern about religious extremism among Muslims in the North Caucasus area of Russia and the neighboring Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The survey also finds that few Muslims across the region support the use of violence against civilians in the name of Islam, though there is somewhat more support for suicide bombing and similar violence among Muslims in Kyrgyzstan than in Russia or Kazakhstan.”

via Most Muslims in Region Reject Violence Against Civilians – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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The World’ s Muslims: Unity and Diversity – Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are united in their belief in God and the Prophet Muhammad and are bound together by such religious practices as fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and almsgiving to assist people in need. But they have widely differing views about many other aspects of their faith, including how important religion is to their lives, who counts as a Muslim and what practices are acceptable in Islam, according to a worldwide survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

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Lead Question (s): What should the U.S. policy on immigration to the U.S. be?

We, all of us, even the nomadic NATIVE AMERICAN tribes, can be said to be immigrants.  From the crossing of the Bering Strait to today’s relatively non-contraversial border with Canada and the semantically charged border with Mexico, the ebb and flow of human territorial movements have been the source of war and peace, love and misfortune.  This always relevant and perhaps nation defining topic will continue to ebb and flow in our national consciousness and in all our discussions on:

  • Who is an American
  • What is America
  • What is American’s national vision?
  • What is American’s role in the world?
  • What is our national identity?
  • and so on, and so on…

 

Links and resources for this discussion:

The Law:

Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States Selected Statutes, Regulations, and Forms As Amended to May 20, 2010 By Martin, Motomura, Fullerton Aleinikoff

US Census Bureau:

http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/groves_apport_presentation.pdf

 

 

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