Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11

A survey conducted by a coalition of religious organizations shows that the number of mosques in the United States has grown by 74 percent in the past 11 years – up from 1,209 in 2001 to 2,106 in 2011.


The survey also reveals where those mosques exist, including the 10 states with the largest number of mosques – New York (257), California (246), Texas (166), Florida (118), Illinois (109), New Jersey (109), Pennsylvania (99), Michigan (77), Georgia (69) and Virginia (62).


The survey also shows that most mosques are located in metropolitan areas, with Greater New York City ranked No. 1 with 192 mosques.


One finding of the survey was a decrease in the number of mosque leaders who thought American society is hostile to Islam – from 54 percent in 2000 to 25 percent in 2011.


The mosque count was conducted from February to July 2010, and the mosque leader interviews were conducted from August 2010 to November 2011.


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