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   Poll: 1 in 4 Hold Anti-Muslim Views

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10/4/2004 12:00 am

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Yahoo News: Iran

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Entered 10/4/2004, Updated 10/4/2004

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WASHINGTON - About one in four Americans holds anti-Muslim views, such as a belief that the religion teaches violence and hatred, according to a survey an Islamic advocacy group released Monday. The survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations found a majority of Americans hold positive views of Muslims, while a substantial number have no opinion at all. Anti-Islamic sentiment surged in this country after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by terrorists who claimed to be acting in the name of the faith. Since then, anti-Muslim views have been encouraged by a continuing string of terror attacks, including decapitations, in Iraq (news - web sites), as well as a violent attack on school children in Russia, said Omar Ahmad, chairman of the council's board. "They have nothing to do with Islam. People claim they are doing it for Islam, but it's really in spite of Islam," Ahmad said.


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