Dispelling the myths . . .
Interesting article :
from the May 16, 2008 edition

What makes a radical?

When asked why they supported the 9/11 attacks, the
radicals gave political rather than religious reasons.

•Various studies of terrorists show that most are not
graduates of madrassahs but of private or public schools
and universities; most are from middle- and working-class
backgrounds;

This survey confirms these findings:
•Among the Muslims surveyed, 7 percent condoned the
9/11 attacks. The study terms these the "politically
radicalized."

•When asked why they supported the attacks, the radicals
gave political rather than religious reasons.
They have a sense of political frustration and feel
humiliated and threatened by the West.
Those who opposed the attacks often gave religious
reasons for doing so.

•The radicals, on average, are not the down-and-out
people in society. They are more educated than moderates,
and two-thirds of radicals have average or above-average
income. Forty-seven percent supervise others at work.
They are more optimistic about their own lives than are
moderates (52 percent to 45 percent).

•Radicals are no more religious than the general population
and do not attend mosque more frequently.

•What distinguishes them is not their perception of Western
culture or freedoms, but their perception of US policies.
Even radicals say they support democracy. But 63 percent
of radicals do not believe that the United States will allow
people in the region to fashion their own political future
without direct US influence.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0517/p12s04-wogi.html



Is Islam compatible with democracy ?


•Large majorities cite the equal importance of democracy
and Islam to the quality of life and progress of the
Muslim world. They see no contradiction between
democratic values and religious principles.

•Substantial majorities in nearly all nations say that if
drafting a new constitution, they would guarantee freedom
of speech (see chart, below).

•Most want neither theocracy nor secular democracy
but a third model in which religious principles and democratic
values coexist. They want their own democratic model
that draws on Islamic law as a source.

I imagine the opinion on 'free speech' is with the exemption
of hate 'speech' :
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0517/p12s05-wogi.html
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