The pollsters, by asking the question, and news outlets, by gleefully publicizing the results, are playing into this vicious cycle.The Atlantic’s David Graham • Scoring a solid point regarding Public Policy Polling’s recent Obama religion question, which showed that (in Alabama and Mississippi) many think Obama is a Muslim. “Besides, there’s a difference between asking whether respondents believe in interracial marriage (which PPP also did) and asking whether they believe the president is a Muslim or Kenyan,” Graham continues. “The first is a matter of opinion; the second is objectively either true or false (as it happens, both are false).” He notes that most politicians have moved on from this question, except for a few that use it to score cheap political points. We’re with him. Let’s take Obama religion polling questions off the table for good.
There may not be a ‘radical’ threat as much as it is simply a normal assertion of the orthodox ideology. The strategic themes animating these Islamic values are not fringe; they are main stream.A FBI training presentation • Suggesting that mainstream — not just radicalized — Muslims are dangerous. The training materials, leaked to Wired by FBI whistleblowers, seem to suggest that normal religious behavior protected by the Constitution is a tell sign of terror ties. The training documents, some of which were produced solely by William Gawthrop, seem to support fairly controversial views he’s previously pushed forward on such sites as WorldNetDaily. The FBI responded to Wired’s article today, saying that the presentation was only given one time, was the work of one person (presumably Gawthorp), and doesn’t reflect FBI policy as a whole. “As of August 2011, the individual who delivered the presentation no longer provides training on behalf of the FBI,” their response states. “These corrective measures were made before recent media attention was given to this topic.” The real question: How did this guy get in a position where he could make such a presentation in the first place? This is a huge black eye for the FBI. (thanks kateoplis) source (via • follow)