True Lies

The media is full of the news about Donald trump banning people from 7 Muslim countries.

As the John Humphreys pointed out this morning on Radio 4 not one American has been killed by anyone from any of these countries in the last decade.

Not that Donald ever lets facts get in the way of a good wind up of prejudice –

So much of President Trump’s approach to terrorism is centered on the idea that Muslims, specifically, are dangerous. It’s the thinking behind the plans he floated during the campaign to ban Muslims from entering the United States and to potentially set up a “registry” of Muslims living in the country.

These are extraordinary measures, ones that directly undermine basic American commitments to religious tolerance and liberal values. They imply that Muslim Americans pose a unique threat to the US, and that violence committed by extremists from that community is taking enormous numbers of American lives.

But that is just not true. A new study from Duke University sociologist Charles Kurzman, which tallies up the data on terrorist attacks committed by Muslim Americans, shows why.

The study found that only 46 Muslim Americans (defined as “Muslims who lived in the US for an extended period”) were linked to violent extremism at home or abroad in 2016. The total Muslim American population is 3.3 million.

Of those 46, only 24 were actually implicated in a concrete terrorist plot (the others did things like attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS). Those plots claimed 54 lives, the vast majority of which (49) came in a single attack — the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Muslim Americans, in both raw terms and as a percentage of size of their total community, commit very small numbers of killings.

By contrast, roughly 11,000 Americans were killed in gun homicides in 2016 — yet Trump has never said anything about creating a registry of gun owners.

“It is flatly untrue that America is deeply threatened by violent extremism by Muslim-Americans,” David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, said in a statement accompanying the study’s release. “Attacks by Muslims accounted for only one third of one percent of all murders in America last year.”

“Between 2001 and 2015, more Americans were killed by homegrown right-wing extremists than by Islamist terrorists,” 

 

No doubt Donald will dispute this study – he disputes anything and anyone that doesn’t agree with him

 

Does anyone else think it’s ironic that the ban was announced on the day of Holocaust Remembrance?

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