“Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. An award-winning teacher and speaker, his most recent book, "Memories of Muhammad," looks at the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.”
The above is the profile of a blogger who writes for the Religion News Service, a website where I often pick up recent religious news and general craziness from around the nation and the world. That’s his photo above.
My description of him is a little less glowing: He’s an American Muslim apologist, a denier of Muslim inspired unrest; an apologist for
Recently he posted an article explaining how very few deaths Muslim terrorism causes in the
His stats are all true. Good solid objective reporting one might think, if one was in a coma or is a Muslim. Just a minor point to consider, however:
The “underwear bomber” is Muslim. He was the guy who tried to blow up an entire plane over US soil. Just sentenced to life in prison, he proclaimed Allah’s greatness a number of times during the sentencing.
Naturally, no sense in bringing up the Times Square Muslim bomber, and his van full of explosive tanks ,since it failed to ignite in midtown Manhattan.
Or the bearded Massachusetts Muslim who was in contact with Al Qaida and wanted to acquire weapons and kill Americans, intercepted by the FBI and now in custody.
So what could we estimate might have been the result of these attacks? Well, an entire plane full of people... perhaps 250 dead had his crotch bomb ignited as planned? Times Square during rush hour? Hard to say, maybe 50 dead if the perp had better technical skills?
Those two evens alone would have increased the body count of “religion of peace” devotees ten (10) fold., bringing Muslim terrorist’s body count on US soil post 911 from 0.17% of all US murders, to 1.7% Still not that bad a rate., that is until you realize that Muslims represent only approximately 0.6% of the US population. How many more terrorist events were averted or failed in execution to keep the number to “only” 33? We likely won’t know.
But for good luck and bad planning by the terrorists the rate of deaths caused by Muslims on
But hey, the Muslim terrorist plans that are thwarted or go awry just don’t mean anything when calling for a responsible sense of proportion. Muslims prefer not to think about them, or even take ownership of it. After all, the lack of terrorist competency and success shouldn’t be taken as a threat.
I imagine this uncomfortable set of facts will be dismissed as racist, by the good professor. The denial shall begin that would be terrorists aren’t “true” Muslims. Or it’s a Zionist inspired lie. Or mass murder failed attempts just don’t count.