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May 30, 2005

Academic Discovers That Islam Is Not Linked to Terrorism

A study by the University of Michigan has come to the conclusion that Islamic beliefs and devotion are not linked to support for terrorism among Palestinians.

This rather counterintuitive conclusion is reached despite the study's author — Jeremy Ginges, a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social Research — also finding that "at least 70 percent of more than 300 suicide attacks that occurred between 2000 and 2003 were carried out by religiously motivated organizations" and that "communal religious devotion, measured by the frequency of Mosque attendance, was a good predictor of support for suicide terrorism."

But... "despite the appearance of a link between religiosity and support for suicide terrorism, the nature of this connection has been unclear. My analysis shows that Islamic beliefs and devotion are not, in themselves, linked to support for such terrorism."

To support this conclusion, he managed to find that "Private religious devotion to Islam, measured by frequency of prayer, was unrelated to the odds of a Palestinian Muslim supporting the use of suicide bombing."

No doubt the study found a receptive audience at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society in Los Angeles, where it was slated to be delivered last Friday.

It's a shame that Michigan's Institute for Social Research wasn't around during World War II, to help us understand that fascism and communism were not linked to the death, destruction, and unspeakable misery that followed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in countries invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union, and that the relation of Japanese militarism to Pearl Harbor was unclear.

Hat tip: The MaryHunter, Dhimmi Watch.

Posted by Van Helsing at May 30, 2005 08:40 AM


"the nature of this connection has been unclear"

But of course not.
It is the poverty and the US foreign policy.
Aha, and the social injustice and Western culture.

What else would we expect from ignorant academic moonbats.

Posted by: Felis at May 30, 2005 08:33 PM