Egyptian democracy and public opinion

Pew Muslims

Much commentary on Egypt unbelievably bad in its preoccupation with the alleged Islamic threat to democracy as an excuse for maintaining a dictatorship and offensive to those dying for freedom right now. No reference to any empirical research. Last year the Pew Research Center surveyed Muslim public opinion and found that 59% of Egyptian Muslims […]

The Afghan war and the American right

Public discontent with the Afghanistan war is growing in the United States, I suggest that this is linked to the sudden upsurge in conservative preoccupation with the imagined internal Islamic threat to the United States, a threat defined not in terms of terrorism but much more unclear goals. So we have Newt Gingrich:

Hispanics in the US

Interesting report from Pew on the perceptions of young American Hispanics: it is clear that many of today’s Latino youths, be they first or second generation, are straddling two worlds as they adapt to the new homeland. According to the Pew Hispanic Center’s National Survey of Latinos, more than half (52%) of Latinos ages 16 […]

Religious conservatism and religious freedom

Recently in Australia we have seen Christian conservatives (they claim support for those of other faiths but little evidence of this) argue that extension of anti discrimination laws to cover employment decisions is a threat to religious freedom. Worth remembering that this is for employment in organizations such as schools and welfare services very largely […]