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All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t


CNN recently published an article entitled Study: Threat of Muslim-American terrorism in U.S. exaggerated; according to a study released by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “the terrorist threat posed by radicalized Muslim-Americans has been exaggerated.”

Yet, Americans continue to live in mortal fear of radical Islam, a fear propagated and inflamed by right wing Islamophobes.  If one follows the cable news networks, it seems as if all terrorists are Muslims.  It has even become axiomatic in some circles to chant: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims.” Muslims and their “leftist dhimmi allies” respond feebly, mentioning Waco as the one counter example, unwittingly affirming the belief that “nearly all terrorists are Muslims.”

But perception is not reality.  The data simply does not support such a hasty conclusion.  On the FBI’s official website, there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from the year 1980 all the way to 2005.  That list can be accessed here (scroll down all the way to the bottom).

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database

According to this data, there were more Jewish acts of terrorism within the United States than Islamic (7% vs 6%).  These radical Jews committed acts of terrorism in the name of their religion.  These were not terrorists who happened to be Jews; rather, they were extremist Jews who committed acts of terrorism based on their religious passions, just like Al-Qaeda and company.

Yet notice the disparity in media coverage between the two.  It would indeed be very interesting to construct a corresponding pie chart that depicted the level of media coverage of each group.  The reason that Muslim apologists and their “leftist dhimmi allies” cannot recall another non-Islamic act of terrorism other than Waco is due to the fact that the media gives menial (if any) coverage to such events.  If a terrorist attack does not fit the “Islam is the perennial and existential threat of our times” narrative, it is simply not paid much attention to, which in a circuitous manner reinforces and “proves” the preconceived narrative.  It is to such an extent that the average American cannot remember any Jewish or Latino terrorist; why should he when he has never even heard of the Jewish Defense League or the Ejercito Popular Boricua Macheteros?  Surely what he does not know does not exist!

The Islamophobes claim that Islam is intrinsically a terrorist religion.  The proof?  Well, just about every terrorist attack is Islamic, they retort.  Unfortunately for them, that’s not quite true.  More like six percent.  Using their defunct logic, these right wingers ought now to conclude that nearly all acts of terrorism are committed by Latinos (or Jews).  Let them dare say it…they couldn’t; it would be political and social suicide to say such a thing. Most Americans would shut down such talk as bigoted; yet, similar statements continue to be said of Islam, without any repercussions.

The Islamophobes live in a fantasy world where everyone is supposedly too “politically correct” to criticize Islam and Muslims.  Yet, the reality is the exact opposite: you can get away with saying anything against the crescent.  Can you imagine the reaction if I said that Latinos should be profiled because after all they are the ones who commit the most terrorism in the country?  (For the record: I don’t believe in such profiling, because I am–unlike the right wing nutters–a believer in American ideals.)

The moral of the story is that Americans ought to calm down when it comes to Islamic terrorism.  Right wingers always live in mortal fear–or rather, they try to make you feel that way.  In fact, Pamela Geller (the queen of internet Islamophobia) literally said her mission was to “scare the bejeezus outta ya.” Don’t be fooled, and don’t be a wuss.  You don’t live in constant fear of radicalized Latinos (unless you’re Lou Dobbs), even though they commit seven times more acts of terrorism than Muslims in America.  Why then are you wetting yourself over Islamic radicals?  In the words of Cenk Uygur: you’re at a ten when you need to be at a four.  Nobody is saying that Islamic terrorism is not a matter of concern, but it’s grossly exaggerated.

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A reader by the name of Dima added:

The FBI Terrorism Report shows…[that] the highest number of terrorist incidents in the U.S. by region (90) took place in Puerto Rico.

Second Update:

An Islamophobe commented on this article, saying that the statistics are flawed because the FBI included small acts such as “stealing rats from a lab” as an act of terrorism.  Of course, this is patently false.  Here is a breakdown of the terrorist attacks by type (the pie chart is from the FBI’s official website and can be accessed here):

Terrorism by Event, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database

Terrorism by Event, From 1980 to 2005, According to FBI Database

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  • Mike

    I bothered to check out the page of that the graph was obtained from and while it is true that muslims don’t do a large percentage of the attacks. The site adds the number of people wounded and killed, for example they give the name ‘Animal Liberation Front’ and say the terrorist attack the date and number of people killed and wounded next to it. The list shows all attacks for the last 25 years and gives you the total number of deaths at 14,000 while basically all the attacks had deaths in the single digits or no deaths or injuries at all the number 14000 was reached through basically 3 attack, one was done by two people of European decent killing 700 while the other 2 being a bombing by an ‘International Islamic Extremists’ (name of the group) killing 1000 and the other being 9/11 killing 12,000 so 13000 out of the 14000 people killed in attacks were done by muslim point is that muslim terrorists are the only ones shown in the news and not these other terrorist because they focus on killing the largest amount of people not like some Animal Liberation Front which does some random bad thing not intending to hurt anyone and they don’t (they appeared on the list several times each time with no injuries or deaths). The media feeds off of drama and 1000 people dying in a terrorist attack is drama, not like some random group doing an extreme act with no intention of harming people

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  • nuzabah

    thanks momamed

  • Ilisha

    Yes, apparently he thinks everyone who doesn’t agree with him is going to hell. He’s entitled to his view, but he needs to find a different venue.

  • Christian-Friend

    He’s so full of himself. I bet he thinks Buddhist go to hell too.

  • Ilisha

    For spamming LW with hateful lies about Islam, including repeated statements like this:

    I am simply saying that the Quran does not present a message of peace. It commands the killing of Christians and Jews….

    For his obnoxious statements about how Muslims are blasphemers and everyone has to accept Jesus as God or go to hell:

    The Quran and Muslims blaspheme the very name of God by teaching that Jesus is not God and didn’t die on the cross for the sins of mankind….Do I hate Islam? Absolutely. I hate it because it leads people, some nice people, straight to hell…

    He’s had ample opportunity to express himself on this stale thread. We have a liberal comments policy, but our patience is not limitless.

  • Christian-Friend

    What did Zack Souter said that made his comment be deleted?

  • Matt Faunce

    Your intent appears to be much worse than that. You’re defaming Islam, adding to the ugly din that others like you are making, in hope that any person searching for spiritual direction won’t even bother looking at Islam or, if they are new Muslims, hope they will jump off this path. In general when someone is faced with options wondering which to explore, they will first explore the one that’s easiest to explore and the one that fits most harmoniously with what they already believe. You are trying to make Christianity an earlier choice than Islam by defaming Islam. However, relying on negativity only backfires––in as much as this is your tactic, you won’t attract true searchers, but only those who have a similar dark pit in their soul. You might add to your numbers and think you’re accomplishing something; which would be very sad because this tactic not only attracts sick souls, it fosters the sickness by encouraging these newcomers to grow that dark pit by imitating your negative ways.

    I have to add this: I certainly don’t think Christianity is categorically the wrong path. My personal experience was that Christianity was, for me, relatively unfertile ground; but I do know some good-hearted Christians and I simply don’t judge how it is for them. These Christians don’t try to help others by defaming Islam or anybody for that matter.

  • Christian-Friend

    Oh, so a Calvinist, Lutheran, and/or Tyndale can murder, rape, and destroy and still go to heaven? Is that what you’re saying? Are you reading what you’re writing?

  • Christian-Friend

    Ah, so by believing in Christ alone will justify you of your bigotry! and please do tell in which part of the Bible says that!

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