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.
There’s a “Disinformation Superhighway” stirring anti-Muslim sentiment on both sides of the Atlantic. It starts with fake news in Europe, which is amplified in the U.S. through conservative news outlets like Breitbart or Fox News, and, of course, President Trump’s Twitter feed.read more
A new study has found that many Republicans consider Islam to be a “false religion.” Misconceptions about Islam have driven not only President Trump’s travel ban but the shocking fact that nearly one-fifth of Americans would deny Muslim citizens their Constitutional right to vote.read more
The latest rulings by the Supreme Court present a stinging reminder of the lasting impacts of the GOP’s 2016 nomination blocking tactics and rule changes in the Senate designed to cement Republican control of the nomination process.read more
Last week, the Supreme Court made a decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban, which means that the issuance of immigrant and non-immigrant visas will be indefinitely suspended for individuals from several predominantly Muslim countries—namely Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.read more
If you’re not a regular consumer of conservative media, you may not have heard of Stephen Miller. But you should know about him because he is the architect of the “zero-tolerance” policy currently being used to detain immigrants at our southern border.read more
The GOP responded to the 2008 financial meltdown by using identity politics and libertarian ideology to justify helping Wall Street avoid the consequences of its actions. But that philosophy has deep roots that began taking hold in the Republican party many years earlier.read more
From all the talk, you’d think Dearborn, Michigan is a dangerous war zone filled with extremist terrorists. But the truth is, Dearborn is an example of great public education, public transit, veteran relations, and peaceful coexistence between people of different religions and races.read more
Because the threat of Islamist extremism is so great, politicians need to be very thoughtful with their words about and attitudes toward the Muslim community. David Petraeus explains why moderate Muslims are our greatest ally in the fight against radical extremists.read more
Muslims make up about 1% of the US population, yet the average American believes that Muslims are 17% of the population. What causes this overestimation? One expert suggests that people overestimate things that they fear–it’s just how our brains work.read more
Hate crimes against the Islamic community in America have surpassed post-9/11 levels. But the U.S. isn’t the only country struggling with Islamophobia. Post-Brexit Britain has also seen a surge in crimes against Muslims. However, change is possible when people listen to Muslim voices.read more