Racism

Americans have gone nuts by conflating Arabs, Muslims and terrorists. A gang killed a stranger who was not even Muslim purely on the suspicion he was. An Arab is someone who comes from the middle east. A Muslim is someone who belongs to the Islamic religion. A terrorist is someone who kills civilians with the intent of changing their political affiliation. Confusing the three is as goofy as conflating being black, Mormon and terrorist. Terrorists are quite rare. There have been less than 100 of them in the USA, but there are between 2.5 and 7 million Muslims in the USA. If you pick a Muslim at random your odds are 1 in perhaps 150,000 he is a terrorist. So relax. You odds are much higher being harmed by a Christian drug addict or gun nut.

Americans are afraid of Muslims because they know nothing about them. Go visit a mosque and see for yourself. They don’t behave anything at all like ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or Boko Haram. They are no scarier than the Amish or the JWs (Jehovah’s Witnesses).

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)