Myth: The average American believes that Muslims make up 17% of the US population, and one in three Americans worry that Shariah law will be applied in the U.S.
Fact: Muslims represent one of the smallest religious minorities at around 1%, and the Supremacy Clause in the Constitution means that it would take a Constitutional Amendment in order for any part of Sharia to become the law.
A tiny, radicalized minority of Muslims cannot and do not represent all of Islam. But many Americans think that Islam is one of the greatest threats to our nation because it is fundamentally violent and anti-American. Not all Muslims are terrorists, the saying goes, but most terrorists are Muslim. In fact, FBI crime statistics show that native-born Christians are behind the majority of domestic terrorist acts.
No one religion–Islam, Christianity, or anything else–is solely behind the terrorism in the world today. But our fears about these religions, particularly Islam and the Muslims who practice it, may very well be.
Any group of religious individuals—or any group of people, really—is going to have outliers who perpetuate violence. So it’s not surprising that many Americans have become extremely concerned about issues related to Islam and the people who practice it. In particular,...read more
Since September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers were felled in the largest terror attack on North American soil to date, many Americans have come to fear terrorists. And the boogeyman for most of those terror attacks happens to be radical Islamist extremists. But are...read more
Myth: Muslims are a large percentage of the U.S. population and Sharia is a real threat.The average American believes that Muslims make up 17% of the US population, and one in three Americans worry that Shariah law will be applied in the U.S. Fact: Muslims represent...read more
The great fear is that the National Defense Authorization Act will be used to support massive civil liberties abuses. And, that is a really legitimate fear. The Obama administration wrote a secret legal memo to justify the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US...read more