Are American Muslim Attitudes Changing?

The Pew Research Center for People and the Press has conducted some recent surveys which suggest changing American attitudes toward Muslims in the United States. As a whole, more and more Americans are beginning to understand problems confronted by their Muslim neighbors. The latest Pew poll reveals the percentage of Americans who view Islam to be a violent religion has fallen to about 24% which is the lowest in years. An amazing statistic is the drop in regarding Muslims as terrorists was greatest among conservative Republicans.

A few years ago, Colin Powell shared with the media his feelings about seeing a headstone of a young American soldier who had won the Purple Heart and the Bronze star and finally realizing the boy’s name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan and he was Muslim. More and more Americans are meeting Muslims in the work place or in their neighborhood and learning they are just like any group– mostly nice people and some jerks.

Unfortunately, the media accords loud mouths such as Limbaugh as speaking for Americans.