This past week as the theme coming out of Washington was—hug a Muslim—there were many press accounts saying that the US was somehow different from Europe in that our Muslims are more “integrated” into society than those young violent ones in Europe. Ours also have more stuff according to Obama.
In our view, the only difference is that in Europe there are more of them!
When we have a higher percentage here in the US, the Muslim population will be emboldened and along with higher numbers will come more demands from the Muslim ‘community’ for America to accept precepts of shariah law.
One important statistic being misused by the mainstream media and highlighted in an article from the Associated Press by Josh Lederman is drawn from this 2011 Pew report.
First, before we get to the news, put these numbers in your head: By 2011, Pew Research estimates that the US population of Muslims stands at 2.75 million. Pew’s numbers are now nearly 4 years old so I believe the population is higher. It must be! because Pew says 100,000 legal immigrant Muslims enter the US each year.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) puts the number at 6-7 million (also a few years old).
From the Associated Press at Eyewitness News 3:
Ample evidence suggests that Muslims in America do feel more integrated into society than those living in Europe. Often marginalized and relegated to poorer neighborhoods in European cities, many Muslim immigrants to the U.S. have flourished as doctors and scientists and in other white-collar professions. Middle-class, predominantly Muslim or Arab-American enclaves have cropped up in places such as Dearborn, Michigan, and Minneapolis, allowing immigrants to carve out their own stories. [So sick of this story c***!—we have stories too!—ed]
“That’s the story extremists and terrorists don’t want the world to know: Muslims succeeding and thriving in America,” Obama said during separate remarks at the summit Wednesday.
Now this is how Obama and the media use numbers in deceptive ways. AP continues with its editorial piece disguised as news:
There’s also reason to believe that sense of successful assimilation has offered a degree of protection against the allure of extremism. In 2011, a Pew Research Center survey of American Muslims found that just 2 in 10 Muslims in the U.S. thought there was a great deal or a fair amount of support for extremism among Muslim Americans. Roughly 80 percent said suicide bombings and other violence against civilians was never justified to defend Islam from its enemies, compared to just 8 percent who said it was sometimes or often justified. [Doesn’t sound bad, right?—ed]
By the way there is another 5% who say “rarely” justified. (See the full report, here)
O.K. now look at it this way!
If 8% of the US Muslim population believes that VIOLENCE AGAINST CIVILIANS IS JUSTIFIED (often or sometimes) TO DEFEND ISLAM, then:
Using a low of 2 million Muslims in America and a high of 7 million, that means that 160,000 Muslims in the US could justify violence against civilians to defend Islam at the low end, to 560,000 at the high end!
Sounds like a ticking time bomb to me!