- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Germany. The measurement was based on asking respondents to evaluate their life situation on a ladder from zero (worst) to 10 (best), with those “thriving” being currently on at least step seven of the ladder and expecting to be on step eight or higher five years from now.

It’s good news for all Americans that Muslims here have a much more positive outlook on life than elsewhere, and that the 41 percent of Muslim-Americans who are thriving is close to the overall American average of 46 percent (only 8 percent of Muslims in the Egypt, which does not bode well). Muslim-Americans are, the study found, racially and ideologically diverse (35 percent are black, 28 percent white including Arab, 18 percent Asian), extremely religious, and younger and more highly educated than the typical American.

“In short,” an Associated Press article summarized, “Muslim Americans look more like other Americans in their life outlook than they resemble Muslims in most predominantly Muslim nations.” That is good news for E Pluribus Unum.

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