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.
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