Americans are largely accepting of their fellow citizens who are Muslims, but remain worried about radicals inside the United States, according to a new NEWSWEEK Poll—the first the magazine has conducted on attitudes toward Islamic Americans. Forty percent of those surveyed believe Muslims in the United States are as loyal to the U.S. as they are to Islam. (Thirty-two percent believe American Muslims are less loyal to the U.S.) But close to half (46 percent) of Americans say this country allows too many immigrants to come here from Muslim countries. [Poll: Americans and Islam Newsweek Online 7/20/07]
As I observed in Muslim Fifth Column Polled, Muslims residing in the United States are not loyal to this country at all: Only 28 percent consider themselves Americans first; 47 percent have their primary identity in being Muslim.
Anyway, here`s a fatwa against public health from Foreign Policy`s list:
Who: Local mullahs in rural Pakistan
What: Pakistan`s largest Islamist umbrella group, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), issued a fatwa in January 2007 endorsing the provincial government`s efforts to immunize children from polio in the country`s Northwest Frontier Province. But even though health workers carried copies of the ruling with them as they trudged across the province, The Guardian reported in February 2007 that the parents of some 24,000 children had refused to allow the workers to administer polio drops. It turns out that influential antistate clerics had been issuing their own fatwas denouncing the campaign as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims. Although Pakistan only saw 39 cases of polio last year and most children have now been immunized, a similar religiously motivated firestorm against polio drops in Nigeria in 2003 allowed the eradicable disease to spread to 12 new countries in just 18 months.
Thanks, Islam, for facilitating the spread of polio!