Monday, 4 February 2008

Should US Muslims vote Republican?

Bush is not liked in the Muslim world. He is seen as the enemy; someone who has it in for Muslims. In fact, if you took a poll in the Middle East, I’m pretty much sure that Bush would come top of any list of most-hated politicians.

So a Republican Party candidate shouldn’t expect much support from American Muslims in this year’s Presidential elections in the US. Because Muslim Americans will surely vote Democrat.

Or will they?

Because when you start to dig into the statistics, things get very interesting. Now unlike most people think, there are actually quite a lot of Muslims living in the US. Up to 5 or six million according to some estimates. A small oppressed minority? Well not exactly. Cos the statistics actually show that American Muslims are one of the most successful minorities in the States and in fact are far better off than the average American by far:

The Zogby survey found that 59% of American Muslims have at least an undergraduate education, making them the most highly educated group in America. Muslim Americans are also the richest Muslim community in the world, with four in five earning more than $25,000 a year and one in three more than $75,000. They tend to be employed in professional fields, and most own stock, either personally or through 401(k) or pension plans. In terms of civic participation, 82% are registered to vote, half of them as Democrats. (source: the Wall Street Journal)

Now hold on a moment. Half vote for Democrats? But the States is basically a two party system. So doesn’t that mean around half of US Muslims voted Republican – and thereby for the party which advocated war against Iraq?

Well, yes.

But it isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds. Because on the really crucial domestic issues that matter in the States, the Muslims are basically Republican through and through. Have a look at my morality matrix below:

-------------------- Republican -----Muslim ----Euro leftie
Abortion------------- Ban --------------Ban---------Allow
Evolution ------------Wrong ----------Wrong -------Right
Right to bear arms- --Yes -------------Yes ----------No
Death penalty -------Yes------------- Yes -----------No
Gambling ------------Ban------------- Ban-----------Allow
Lower taxes ---------Yes -------------Yes----------- No
Jesus Christ ---------Main man -------Prophet ------Who?
Homosexuality ------Bad -------------Bad -----------Fine
Old Testament ------Cool ------------Cool -----------Fairytales
Drugs ---------------Ban -------------Ban -----------Hey man…
Marilyn Manson -----Evil ------------Evil ------------A dude

And if you look at religious freedom in general you can see why the Muslims are far better off in the States, than in say Western Europe. Remember the whole hiljab controversy in France? Well not even an issue in the States.


The Mohammed cartoons? Loved of course by the atheists in Europe where ridiculing religion is seen to be fair game. But in the States not even one US newspaper or TV station showed the cartoons. It would have been wrong to have “offended religious sensibilities”. And the city of Detroit even has a mosque which broadcasts a call to prayer (admittedly at very low levels). The authorities didn’t even receive one complaint.

Then you have a Muslim congressman (Keith Ellison).

As well as up to 12,000 Muslims in the US army.

So maybe American Muslims secretly do admire Bush. And maybe – unlike most people believe – they will vote for a republican candidate in this year’s Presidential elections!!

Muslim women sing, er, God Bless America

Further reading:

A Survey On Muslim Americans
Pew poll of American Muslims
American Muslims – Perpetual Swing Voters?

2 comments:

James said...

So you stumbled onto the obvious fact that religious zealots are the same all over the world.

Zack said...

You wrote:

82% are registered to vote, half of them as Democrats. (source: the Wall Street Journal)

Now hold on a moment. Half vote for Democrats? But the States is basically a two party system. So doesn’t that mean around half of US Muslims voted Republican


No, it doesn't mean that. If half are registered as Democrats, the rest could be registered as independents or Republican. The article was talking about voter party registration and not who they were voting for.

In 2004, surveys showed that an overwhelming majority of Muslims voted Democrat. I haven't seen surveys for the 2008 election yet.