Gottschalk: Poll Results Reflect Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

David PesciFebruary 17, 20111min
'Islamophobia' author says beliefs of extremists who happen to be Muslim often equated to all Muslims

Commenting in a story for USA Today, Peter Gottschalk, chair and professor of religion and co-author of Islamophobia, says a recent poll showing more than 50 percent of Americans surveyed are favor of Congressional hearings on Muslim radicalization is a product of on-going anti-Muslim rhetoric. The poll precedes hearings that will be held by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King in March. Gottschalk points to the double-standard that Muslims face in America, saying they are blamed for all the actions of extremists “who happen to be Muslim, but all Christians aren’t responsible for abortion clinic bombers or the KKK.”