There was once a time when the media and apologists would defiantly proclaim, “Muslim extremists are only a tiny minority!!!”, and Muslims and non-Muslims alike would make nonsensical statements such as “only 0.01 % of Muslims are extremists”, etc.
Today, due to many in-depth polls and studies on the subject (e.g. here and here), this claim has been proven false and Islam’s apologists have been forced to adapt their rhetoric. Now they tend to claim “the overwhelming majority of Muslims are peace loving moderates”.
So, are the “overwhelming majority” of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims peace loving moderates? This is an important question. We are now constantly force-fed this claim that they are. But does reality agree with the propaganda?
Dalia Mogahed and John Esposito co-authored the book “Who Speaks for Islam” which grew out of a 2008 survey conducted by the Gallup polling agency, which was intended to answer this very question.
Unfortunately, the Muslim Brotherhood-connected Dalia Mogahed and John Esposito are both Islam apologists, so there is little surprise that they had to “cook the books” in order to create the desired results.
The authors claim only 7 percent of the world’s Muslims are “political radicals”. Yet in order to reach this figure, they were forced to term Muslims who think 9/11 was “partially” or “some way justified”, who want to impose Shari’ah law, who support suicide bombings, and who oppose equal rights for women, as “moderate” followers of Islam….
….There is a lot of statistical data available about Muslims and in the future I plan on expanding my analysis of Pakistan to cover all Muslim countries. But before I wrap up this post, I would like to add something that a friend of mine noted (I’ve been planning on writing about the “tiny minority” myth for a while, but this is what spurred me on):
[...]of 1.5 billion muslims the overwhelming majority live in peace. Most of them are law obeying citizens. Well that’s true. But so were the Nazis in Germany in the forties. Most of them were good fathers and mothers who only wanted what was best for their children. Only a small percentage worked in concentration camps or committed war crimes. When muslims get to rule I expect more or less the same. A small group fanatics takes control and the rest are law obeying citizens who will turn their head away when a holocaust occurs. They’ll probably even say that it’s against Islam.
In essence, whatever the case may be, a silent majority is an insignificant one. The situation non-Muslim minorities find themselves in today proves this. All over the Islamic world, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and other groups are being “ethnically cleansed” from their ancestral homes. To these unfortunate communities who are facing Nazi-like atrocities, the percentage of peace-loving moderate Muslims may as well be 99.99 percent for all the difference it would make to them.
Or if we take this a little further, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”