We Americans should be ashamed! What an intolerant, bigoted, hateful lot we are! Or so we are being told by our political and media elites. Lawrence Wright, in The New Yorker – yes, The New Yorker — announces: "Culture wars are currently being waged against Muslim Americans across the country." Are they really? The crowds in Kandahar and Karachi will be most interested to hear that.
Even on Fox – yes, Fox – Chris Wallace talked last weekend of "growing anti-Islamic feeling in this country." Excuse me, but where's the evidence?
In recent days, we've been told that it's in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll showing 49 percent of respondents holding an "unfavorable" opinion of Islam. At first glance that does seem disturbing. But take the trouble to actually examine the poll and a very different picture emerges.