Muslims For A Safe America conducted a survey at the Islamic Society of North America’s 43rd Annual Convention in Chicago from September 1, 2006 to September 4, 2006.
307 Muslims who are American citizens participated in the survey at the Muslims For A Safe America booth at ISNA.
The purpose of the survey was to better understand the views of American Muslims on issues relating to Islam, Muslims, and American national security. It is important to let Muslims articulate their varied opinions on these issues in order to encourage dialogue within the Muslim community and with the rest of American society.
However, this was NOT a scientific survey, because ISNA Convention attendees who visited the Muslims For A Safe America booth are not necessarily representative of the American Muslim community as a whole.
The responses are as follows:
1. Are you a U.S. Citizen? (If no, then don’t fill out survey.)
2. Do you consider yourself to be a Muslim first, an American first, or both equally?
MUSLIM FIRST 214
AMERICAN FIRST 4
BOTH EQUALLY 86
3. Is the American government at war with the religion of Islam?
4. Can a good Muslim be a good American?
5. Did Muslims hijack planes and fly them into buildings on 9/11?
6. Did the U.S. government have advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, and allow the attacks to occur?
7. Did the U.S. government organize the 9/11 attacks?
8. Are the tapes of Osama Bin Laden, claiming responsibility for the 9/11 attacks and threatening future attacks, real or fake?
9. Did Muslims commit the July 2005 train and bus bombings in London?
10. The Canadian government says it stopped a plot by Canadian Muslims in June 2006 to attack targets in Canada. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
11. The British government says it stopped a plot by British Muslims in August 2006 to bomb planes flying to America. Do you believe there was a real plot by Muslims?
12. Is Al Qaeda a real organization, operated by Muslims who are trying to attack America?
13. Is Al Qaeda attacking America because Al Qaeda hates American freedoms?
14. Is Al Qaeda attacking America because Al Qaeda hates American involvement in the Muslim world?
15. Is it justifiable for the U.S. government to do any of the following in an attempt to prevent terrorist attacks in America:
a. taking religion and ethnicity into account as one factor when deciding whom to interview and search at airports?
b. monitoring activities at American mosques?
c. listening to phone calls of people in America whom the government claims are connected in some way with Al Qaeda?
d. having an informer pretend to support or encourage violence against America, to see if the targeted Muslims will decide to attack American targets?
e. monitoring Muslim charities in America, in the hopes of preventing funding for possible terrorist attacks?
f. focusing Immigration & Customs Enforcement resources on deporting Muslim illegal aliens, who have not been convicted of terrorism, in the hopes of disrupting possible Al Qaeda attacks?
g. allowing Muslim illegal aliens to stay in America if they agree to work as informants, monitoring the Muslim community for the government?
h. torturing suspected Al Qaeda members to get information about possible planned attacks?
16. Do you believe that your local mosque is being monitored by wiretaps, government agents, or informants?
17. Do you believe that your personal phone calls are being listened to, or that your personal mail or email is being read, by the U.S. government?
18. Do you believe that your home is bugged by the U.S. government?
19. Do you believe that the U.S. government has secretly searched your home?
20. If you, or a member of your family, have been questioned by the federal government at any time after 9/11, how were you treated during the interview?
TREATED WELL 65
TREATED BADLY 25
NOT APPLICABLE 217
21. Should Iran develop nuclear weapons?
22. Should America attack Iran to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons?
23. Was America justified in invading Iraq in 2003?
24. Should American troops leave Iraq immediately, or stay there until the Iraqi government and Iraqi military are stronger?
LEAVE NOW 199
LEAVE LATER 86
25. Was America justified in invading Afghanistan after 9/11?
26. Is violence by Muslims against American civilians acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
27. Is violence by Muslims against the American military overseas acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
28. Is violence by Muslims against the American military in the U.S. acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
29. Is violence by Muslims against American government officials acceptable, in retaliation for the American government’s actions in the Muslim world?
30. If you learned about a plot by Muslims to attack targets inside America, would you tell law enforcement authorities?
These survey results are based on 307 responses from American Muslims (Muslims who are U.S. citizens) who visited the booth of Muslims for A Safe America during 2006 ISNA Annual Convention.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Survey Conducted At 2006 ISNA Convention