Poll on Islamophobia in America; Since 9/11, 240,000 Dead, 320,000 Injured

Islam is the third largest religion in the United States, after Christianity and Judaism. In 2017, a study estimated 3.4 million Muslims were living in the US, amounting to approximately 1.1 percent of the U.S. population.

Muslims in the United States come from varied backgrounds. A study by the Institute for Social Policy found that American Muslims are the only faith-based community with no majority race, being 25% black, 24% white, 18 % Asian, 18% Arab, 7% mixed race, and 5% Hispanic. Muslims in the United States are 50/50 native born vs. foreign born.

Biden in Trouble – Floats Idea of a Female VP

For a while it seemed like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were going to be the two Democrats to duke it out for the party’s presidential nomination, but that may no longer be the case. Senator Kamala Harris has become a major contender for the nomination almost overnight. She was able to go toe to toe with the older and more experienced politicians during the last debate, and most pundits concluded that she won the debate.

As the Prime Ministership Turns: Australians Vote Saturday for Even More Change

Australians will be voting for a new Parliament, and possibly, their fourth Prime Minister in six years this weekend. Liberal incumbent Scott Morrison and Labor leader Bill Shorten have been neck and neck throughout the campaign. However, Aussies don’t seem to like either one of them, with up to a quarter unable to state a preference in the polls. Yet, voting is compulsory Down Under, so they’ll have to vote for one of them.

Australians go to the polls much more often than in other Westminster democracies, at every three years. Still, the frequent changes in party and national leadership have made the country something of an international joke.

The News Media is Eroding American Democracy

The media, specifically the news media, is the cornerstone of a strong democracy. Not only does the media keep voters informed, but it also keeps elected officials and bureaucrats accountable. However the media must be held to an incredibly high standard, because if the media succumbs to sensationalism or bias, it becomes a danger to democracy.

It is sad to say that the American media seems to be headed down that path. The Cable News Network (CNN), once a symbol of journalistic integrity, seems to have now become, in the eyes of many, a symbol of partisan reporting. A recent Harvard study found that CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was 93 percent negative.