A liberal confronted me the other day about Islamic terrorism, directing me to the now-viral tweet from Yasira Jaan, which was written an hour or two after Dzjokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Bomber No. 2, was captured. The tweet says, “Muslims view ‘Islamic’ terrorists the same way most Christians view the Westboro Baptist Church….”
Every Christian knows about Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), and most of them would probably rather share a meal with militant atheist Richard Dawkins than one of WBC’s members, who are known for picketing at the funerals of military servicemen, picketing the funerals of victims of tragedies (the Sandy Hook massacre, the recent Boston Marathon bombing, etc.), and not just being anti-gay-marriage, but intensely anti-gay-person. There are few groups out there that can unite the Left, the Right, the atheist, and the Christian in equal disdain quite like WBC can.
Yasira Jaan’s tweet is true: most Muslims are not terrorists and most Christians do not like WBC. But that does not mean Muslims should not automatically be suspect whenever a backpack explodes or a plane is hijacked. If we take history into consideration, the logical deduction, however politically incorrect, would be, “A Muslim did it.” If we’re wrong, we’re wrong, but it will not have been for lack of a logical consideration of precedence.
WBC and Islam actually do have something in common: they both hate gays. The difference is that the most WBC will do is call them names, whereas radical Muslims will throw a decapitation party.
All in all, WBC is nothing to worry about. They’re slime, they’re scum, but there are only a few dozen of them, and those are limited to the open boarders of the United States. As for WBC sympathizers, there may be a thousand or so, and that’s being generous.
But let’s say there are a whole 10,000 WBC sympathizers (trust me, there aren’t). Christianity, being the world’s largest religion, has 2.2 billion followers. Those WBC sympathizers account for 0.0005 percent, rounded up, of all Christians. 0.0005 percent, and they don’t even kill people; they’re just irritating.
Now let’s look at Islam. Boasting 1.57 billion followers (23 percent of the Earth’s population), Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. Liberals like to say that 1 percent, or even less than 1 percent, of Muslims is a terrorist. But if we define “terrorist” as someone who is sympathetic to terrorism, even if he would never commit the acts himself—much like we can consider someone who is sympathetic to WBC to be an effective member of WBC—then the percentage of Islamic terrorists in the world is actually somewhere around 22 percent of all Muslims. That means there is more than one terrorist in the world per American citizen.
This is based on a Pew Global Attitudes Project poll which I described in another piece as “a poll of Muslims from the top nine most heavily Islamic countries. The question posed to these Muslims was whether or not they believe suicide bombings and other forms of violence against civilians can be justified to defend their peaceful religion, Islam.”
I hate WBC as much as the next guy—I can’t emphasize that enough here—but if, say, 75 percent of the entire world’s population were members of WBC, the world would still be a safer place than it is now with only 23 percent of its inhabitants being members of Islam.