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Islam and Muslims in America, only 78% say suicide bombs are never justified according to Pew

A Pew Research survey of American Muslims say 8% say suicide bombings against civilian targets are justified sometimes justified to defend Islam.  9% refused to answer the question, and another 5% said they are “rarely justified.” Only 78% said suicide bombings were “never justified” but that means 13% of American Muslims think suicide bombings are justified at least under some circumstances and 9% refused to answer meaning 22% of American Muslims believe that suicide bombings can be justified.

Pew neglected to ask the percentage who approve of suicide bombings against military targets.  41% of the over 30 crowd think of themselves as Muslim first, 30% as American first.

Interestingly 15% of American Muslims under 30 believe that suicide bombings are often or sometimes justified in the defense of Islam.  5% refused to answer the question.  60% think of themselves as Muslim first, 25% as American first.

24% say that it is unacceptable for a Muslim to marry a non-Muslim.  26% say that Muslims “coming to the U.S. today should mostly try to remain distinct from the larger American society.”

The survey.