June 20, 2007

Should Mosques Express Political Views?

43%

That’s the percentage of Muslim Americans who say that mosques should express their views on day-to-day social and political matters, 49% of U.S. Muslims take the opposite view.

U.S. Muslims are divided on the question of whether mosques should be involved in politics; slightly more than four-in-ten Muslims (43%) say that mosques should express their views on day-to-day social and political matters, while slightly less than half (49%) believe that mosques should keep out of political matters. Among the public as a whole, 51% support churches or other houses of worship expressing their views on social and political questions, while 46% say they should keep out of politics. The roughly even division on this question among all U.S. Muslims reflects the deep disagreement on this issue between native-born Muslims and foreign-born Muslim Americans. Native-born Muslims, especially African Americans, express overwhelming support for the notion that mosques should express their views on social and political matters (68% among all native-born Muslims and 79% among native-born African American Muslims). U.S. Muslims who were born abroad take the opposite view, with six-in-10 saying that mosques should keep out of political matters. Read More