The cover story in the current issue of Time magazine asks "Is America Islamophobic?" -- and then answers it with a yes, based on Time poll findings that 46% of Americans believe that Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence against nonbelievers.
The article also lists other stats, including the finding that 51 percent of Americans oppose the Park51 project (known to many as "the mosque at ground zero"), as evidence that most of us suffer from Islamophobia.
But not everyone agrees with Time's assertion that America has a Muslim problem. The National Review argues that those numbers do not a majority make. I'll leave it to you decide whether you think 46% is a significant figure or not.
In the meantime, find out if you're Islamophobic by taking our simple quiz.
- A mosque is:
a. A terrorist training ground for Muslim militants bent on overthrowing the U.S. government.
b. A place of prayer.
c. It’s just a big ball of fuckness. That’s a new word: fuckness.
- True or False: President Obama is Muslim.
a. True. He looks like he's Muslim, he acts like he's Muslim, and he's even admitted he's Muslim.
b. False. Obama is a Christian ... but what difference would it make if he were Muslim?
c. I know he knows who I am. He has to stop lying.
- Michael Enright, the 21-year-old New Yorker who was charged with slashing a Muslim cab driver on his face, neck, and arm last week, is ____.
a. A true patriot, which is exactly what he told his arresting officers.
b. Off his rocker.
c. I think my crotch is sticking out.
- Which bumper sticker are you most likely to put on your car?
a. "Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Islam I Learned on 9/11."
b. "It's not a mosque, stupid."
- Greg Gutfeld's plan to build a bar catering to gay Islamic men next to the Park51 project is:
a. Just what that prostitute-patronizing terrorist Sharif El-Gamal deserves.
b. Brilliant. The only thing that would make Gutfeld's plan perfect is if he created a chain of gay bars and built them next to churches and synagogues -- it’s not like those religions are super open-minded either.
c. Do you know what gay guys do? They’re not attracted to vagina, they’re attracted to asshole.
- Cat Stevens is ______.
a. A terrorist.
b. A singer and song writer.
c. God damn do I love guido gorilla juiceheads.
- True or False: Islam is to blame for the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
a. True. All followers of Islam are violent and to blame.
b. False. To hold the entire religion accountable for the actions of some crazy fundamentalists is akin to holding Catholicism responsible for the murders of abortion doctors. People of all religions have committed heinous acts in the name of their gods.
c. NYC cops/firefighters = YUM! Always wanted to marry a firefighter.
- Do you think too many Americans are Islamophobic?
a. No, I think too many Americans suffer from Islamophobiaphobia.
b. Yes. Religions have a lot in common -- good and bad -- why single out Islam?
c. I love you guys! Just sayennn.
If you answered mostly a's: Congratulations! You're an official Islamophobe. Admitting it is the first step to addressing the problem. If you don't see it as a problem, then congratulations, you're an official Islamophobe ...
If you answered mostly b's: Islam is just another religion to you. Some would say you're a true American because you hold the Constitution dear. Others, like the site Weasel Zippers, would say you're just an "Islamist-loving Lefturd."
If you answered an indiscernible combo of a's and b's (let's say, 46% of either): You're on a par with most Americans. A Gallup poll found that Muslims are the most negatively viewed faith community in the country; at the same time, Pew polling found Americans think that Muslims face the most discrimination of any U.S. religious group. So who harbors the most anti-Muslim prejudice? According to Gallup, those who don't personally know any Muslims, Republicans, and those without college educations.
If you answered mostly c's: Is that you Snooki? [Rocky fist pumps]
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