According to the Christian Science Monitor:
In general, Americans don't know much about Muslims, surveys show. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that the share of those saying they knew "not very much" or "nothing at all" about Islam actually grew from 61 percent in 2001 to 66 percent in 2005. In another 2005 Pew finding, 62 percent failed to identify Allah and the Koran as the terms Muslims use for God and sacred scripture.It seems, though, law enforcement organizations and hospitals are boning up on Muslim culture, in an attempt to do their jobs more effectively.
Muslims find that our Congressmen don't know that much about Muslims either whether Democrat or Republican. But on the whole knowledge about Muslim culture by non-Muslims is getting better.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, for instance, will emphasize Muslim culture when it expands introductory training for new agents from 18 to 21 weeks next month.and
Urban police are taking similar steps. About 100 members of the New York Police Department's hostage negotiating team, for instance, earlier this year spent a day learning to foster cooperation by honoring Muslim customs.This is a good thing.
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