Here’s a perfect example of why civil rights can never be put up for referendum:
Nearly half of Americans believe the government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans, according to a nationwide telephone poll of 715 people.
The Cornell University survey found that 44 percent favored at least some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. Forty-eight percent said liberties should not be restricted in any way. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
Pollsters found that Republicans and people who described themselves as highly religious were more apt to support curtailing Muslims’ civil liberties than Democrats or people who say they are less religious. Researchers also found that respondents who paid more attention to television news were more likely to fear terrorist attacks and support limiting the rights of Muslim Americans.
I am just disgusted at this… and not at all surprised at the groups that were more apt to feel this way.