It's Official! Islam Is Not A Race.I'm on a stack of mailing lists, as well as twitter for fun and education.
One of those is for the Council of American-Islamic Relations, which would probably be better named as the Council of American/Islamic Re-education.
I don't read them every day, as there are simply not enough hours in the day for that while still working, sleeping, pretending to do housework and most importantly
This one is important, though, because as someone who routinely gets labelled as a racist, it's nice to get a bit of validation from the Other Side.
With the tagline of, "American Muslims Pose Little Threat, Study Says (NY Times)" the CAIR mailout linked to this little gem:
WASHINGTON — A feared wave of homegrown terrorism by radicalized Muslim Americans has not materialized, with plots and arrests dropping sharply over the two years since an unusual peak in 2009, according to a new study by a North Carolina research group.
The study, to be released on Wednesday, found that 20 Muslim Americans were charged in violent plots or attacks in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and a spike of 47 in 2009.
Charles Kurzman, the author of the report for the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, called terrorism by Muslim Americans “a minuscule threat to public safety.” Of about 14,000 murders in the United States last year, not a single one resulted from Islamic extremism, said Mr. Kurzman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina.
Okay, so because there weren't many that means they aren't a threat?
Remind me again how many thousands of people make up the so-called "Magnificent 19"?
Oh, that's right, it only took a few willing to kill themselves in order to murder many.
It only takes one man with a gun to kill a dozen passers-by, for example, or another with a big car to run down plenty more.
But enough of that.
I'm especially interested in this little snippet:
The report also found that no single ethnic group predominated among Muslims charged in terrorism cases last year — six were of Arab ancestry, five were white, three were African-American and two were Iranian, Mr. Kurzman said. That pattern of ethnic diversity has held for those arrested since Sept. 11, 2001, he said.
Forty percent of those charged in 2011 were converts to Islam, Mr. Kurzman found, slightly higher than the 35 percent of those charged since the 2001 attacks. His new report is based on the continuation of research he conducted for a book he published last year, “The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists.” emphasis added
So what does this tell us? That islam is quite obviously colour-blind. It's not restricted to Middle-easterners, although they are the most visible.
They come in all shapes and sizes. And sexes.
They also range all over the world, including extremists here in Australia.
Note the plaintive mention of 'racism' as a reason for feeling disaffected. It's a common ploy, because as we all know, racism is eeevil, and white people are generally the only ones deemed to be racist in this day and age.
Check out 'whiteness' studies, for example. Here's handy syllabus example to get you started (pdf).
Anyway, racism is a word that's thrown about so freely these days that it is losing its efficacy.
And CAIR agrees. Charles Kurzman, who appears to have made a comfortable living out of talking about islam agrees.
This is good news for us white people who don't like islam. It's an acknowledgement of what we already know - Islam. Is. Not. A. Race.
It's a religion, a belief system, a totalitarian ideology.
And it does not discriminate.
The bad news is, of course, that Islam. Is. Not. A. Race.
It means an extra layer of difficulty in identifying people who might be tempted towards Sudden Jihad Syndrome, although there is a noted tendency in the original article that converts might be a bit more likely than others.
Again, we have that here in Australia with Shannon Conlon, a convert who hates democracy, believes that sharia is the way to go and gets far too much airtime for my liking.
He's not our only one, of course; just one of the later ones. We still have Jihad Jack Thomas, our very own Talitubby David Hicks (aka Mahamud Dawood) and there are of course women here too.
I guess now that we are in agreement with CAIR, I can be out and proud of speaking out against islamic practices and beliefs that are abhorrent.
(cross-posted at VladTepes.)