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Survey shows American attitudes toward Muslims & Islam is progressively improving

To The Daily Sun,

The backlash against anti-Muslim bigotry continues. People like Steve Earle and Russ Wiles are helping the progressive cause when they lump all Muslims together. Most people are not that shallow.

Do you remember when Kim Davis used her perverse and despicable version of Christianity to support her anti-gay bigotry (Leviticus and Romans 1)? The public debate that ensued after her refusal to issue marriage licenses helped support for marriage equality to soar to its highest levels yet. The wretch got crushed. When the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality last June, support was at 53 percent. By May, it stood at 61 percent. Game over.

The same dynamic has transpired since Herr Trumpf and his army of reprobate degenerates began their shady anti-Muslim crusade of hate. As I have always said, the biggest enemy the right wing has is its own mouth. (Keep screaming, Steve!)

With all the inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric spewed from the extremists combined with actual attacks in the last year, one would think that the attitudes toward Muslims and Islam would have worsened. Exactly the opposite has happened because most people are intellectually mature enough not to demonize a group because of the actions of a few crazies. After all, most Christians aren't nutters like Demakowski, McCoole, or Ewing.

So here is my "Christmas in July" gift for Steve Earle and Russ Wiles. A new Brookings Institution survey released this week has shown American attitudes toward Muslims and Islam to be progressively improving. According to the report, "respondents who expressed favorable views went from 53 percent in November 2015, to 58 percent in May 2016, to 62 percent in June 2016. At the same time, favorable views of Islam went from 37 percent, to 42 percent, to 44 percent over the same period — still under half, but with marked improvement over a period of seven months."

It is clear that Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and progressive voices are winning this debate and will continue to.

James Veverka

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Electing Hillary means more death & mayhem here in America

To The Daily Sun,

It's funny how folks like Bernadette Loesch and James Veverka, who seem to get all their information from MSNBC and "Saturday Night Live," can actually be taken seriously by many. Bernie reminds me of one of my sisters-in-law, a dedicated Democrat, who we had lunch with last Saturday. The rule in the family is no politics at get-togethers, but toward the end of the afternoon she just had to slip in a couple shots at Trump. Well, I didn't want to get into it so I simply remarked he could "be a jerk sometimes." Well yeah, I should have just been silent on the subject, my mistake, so off she went on an a rant.

My response was to remark that "at least he wasn't a lying incompetent thief." Incensed, she denied the "lies" which I began to enumerate the documented facts. Her response was to cover her ears with both hands and start screaming at the top of her lungs "BS,BS,BS BS." So the wife and I left.

Amusing little story but rather typical of liberals who are uninformed because they just don't want any actual facts to get in the way of their prejudices and closed-mindedness. Not all liberals are like this, but the lower-level mob-mentality types certainly are. We see it so often in progressive demonstrations against anything they fear to confront with open minds. The shout downs and riots and colleges banning anyone or thing that challenges their orthodoxy.

Loesch is a perfect example; as I recall her first letter years ago told readers they should only read/watch MSNBC,, and offered a list of pure left-wing reporting and viewing. Must not cloud the purity of thought with contradictory facts.

What set me off on this was her letter to the editor on Wednesday, July 13, with its anti-NRA, anti guns solution to violence and terrorism. Pacifists, for as far back as they appeared in history, keep trying to convince societies that all we have to do is not oppose evil dictators, tyrants, thugs and bullies. I may have, yes I'm sure, I have mentioned before that I have found no historical reports of pacifism actually being a successful defense/protection from violent aggression. In fact it seems to invite it as we have seen in the past few years with the timid Obama/Clinton approach to radical Muslim terrorism.

What worries me is Hillary says she will continue Obama's approach to it. Isn't that just reassuring to folks in the gay and lesbian communities? I'm sure Jews must be having some concerns too given the obvious lip service Obama has given to U.S.-Israel relations. He clearly favors Muslim people.

As for the rest of us we are seeing just how dedicated Islam is to spreading terror and murder among globe wide in it's drive to take over the world. By the way those are the words of the Muslim Brotherhood, not mine.

Electing Hillary means more death and mayhem here in America, not just over there.

Steve Earle


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