Thursday, April 6, 2017

The New York Times Lies About Islam/Muslims in Canada

If you're of a "progressive" bent, what's the best way to discredit anyone who has hesitations about problematic areas of Islam (jihad, sharia, supremacism, etc.)? As per this article in the New York Times, it's to focus on a "far-right" "fear-monger" from Quebec who looks like a scary Hell's Angels biker. By doing that, you can imply that everyone who doesn't view Islam through your rose-coloured "progressive" lens--which sees Islam as a religion of peace and Muslims as friendly helpers--is a bigot/racist/"Islamophobe."

After all, according to the NYT, there are "very few" Muslims in Canada--so why sweat it?

Actually, but not shockingly, the NYT gets it wrong re the numbers. In Toronto, Canada's largest city, for instance, Muslims are said to make up 7.7% of the population. (And that was back in 2011, before Justin Trudeau was prime minister and the great influx of Syrian refugees began). On average, Muslims comprise "3.2% of the population, making them the second largest religion after Christianity." And, as Muslims themselves are proud to proclaim, "Islam is the fastest growing religion in Canada."

By contrast,
Islam is the third largest religion in the United States after Christianity and Judaism. According to a 2010 study, it is followed by 0.9% of the population, compared with 70.6% who follow Christianity, 22.8% unaffiliated, 1.9% Judaism, 0.7% Buddhism, and 0.7% Hinduism.
Why are the numbers/percentages so important? It's because of this (something which, for obvious reasons, you will never read in the pages of New York Times).

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