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90th Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Ignore that most Terrorists actually AREN’T Muslims

“Most terrorists are Muslim” is a phrase you’ll encounter over and over again in conservative America, a phrase assumed by its speakers to be true and often used to justify escapades in religious profiling.

Terrorists are Cowards:

Terrorism is often linked to religious fanaticism. Certainly the terrorism that has been perpetrated upon the citizens of the U.S. in the past 20 years has been linked to religious fanatics, namely Muslims. Recent history supports the idea that “All Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims.”

Scott Rohter:

Everybody in the government is saying that we can’t profile for terrorists at the airport. Well the other day, I heard the perfect solution to the problem of profiling. But first let me say that I don’t have a problem with profiling for terrorists! While it is certainly true, that not all Muslims are terrorists, it is also just as true that most terrorists are Muslims, … so I don’t have a problem with singling out certain Muslims or “middle eastern types” for a little extra scrutiny at the airport.

Citizen Warrior:

Not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims, and they kill in the name of Islam. Do you know why? Do you know what they’re after? (When they say something like, “Yes, they want the West to stop interfering with Islamic affairs,” you can answer with a lesson on Islam 101.) Since the beginning, Muslims have waged a war of expansion, and they have tried to justify their violence as a response to a grievance (read more about that here). That’s the way Mohammad did it, and he’s the example all Muslims forever after are supposed to follow. They want only one thing: For everybody on earth to submit to Islamic law.

Jim Frazier:

Not all Muslims are Terrorists, but why are most terrorists Muslims?

I will agree with your Greeley Muslim to distinguish between Islam and terrorists. Terrorists have done a great dishonor to Islam,” he said. “Certainly, not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims. The question we need to ask is — ‘why?’”

American Power:

Dear Ayub, FYI — Most Terrorists Are Muslims. Bite Me.

Not one of these conservatives cite any source to back up their claim that “most terrorists are Muslims.” And they can’t — because it’s not true.

The most comprehensive database of terrorist threats in the United States since September 11, 2011 is Alejandro J. Beutel’s Data on Post-9/11 Terrorism in the United States, updated on a regular basis. Beutel stacks the deck in favor of finding more Muslim terrorists by including both American and foreign Muslim threats against the United States, while only counting American non-Muslims and leaving foreign non-Muslims out. As of April 18 2011, the following are the year-by-year statistics on Muslim versus non-Muslim terrorist threats against the United States:

2002
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 5
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 6

2003
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 2
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 8

2004
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 3
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 4

2005
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 2
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 3

2006
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 7
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 2

2007
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 3
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 4

2008
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 3
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 9

2009
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 11
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 19

2010
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 10
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 25
# of terrorist threats against the United States by unknown persons: 1

2011 to date
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American or foreign Muslims: 1
# of terrorist threats against the United States by American non-Muslims: 6

Beutel’s database is meticulously sourced. The next time you encounter a crowd spouting the “most terrorists are Muslim” line, take a gander at the latest statistics and let them know what’s really going on.

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