The myth of the militant Muslim minority is a placebo

The most common argument used to support immigration from Muslim-majority countries is that the vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving and those who support violence in the name of Islam are only a tiny minority. That’s what we are told.

But how small is that minority? That’s what no one is telling us. Finally, after years of fudging, a migration expert has the courage to trash this claim because it lacks a sound empirical basis. Professor Ruud Koopmans debunks the myth of the militant Muslim minority by supplying the numbers. Koopmans is Professor of Sociology and Migration Research at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Director of the Research Unit at the Berlin Social Science Centre.

The results of his research are startling. Of the 1.5 billion adult Muslims in the world, more than 50 million Muslims are willing to sanction violence. That’s 50 million reasons to support Donald Trump’s travel moratorium. Half the world’s Muslim population is ‘attached to an arch-conservative Islam which places little worth on the rights of women, homosexuals, and people of other faiths,’ writes Koopmans. His estimate concurs with the Pew Report of 2013, which found that in a majority of Muslim countries, only half of Muslims said they were concerned about religious extremism. Almost 100 million Muslims believe the 9/11 massacres of Americans were completely justified.

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  • Watchman

    I believe the majority of muslims in the world cannot read the Qur’an, and most of those who rote learn it, taking around 7 years on average, cannot explain what all of it means. The majority of muslims know only of the Qur’an from the interpretations and explanations of their local imams. Because of this, you could say the majority of muslims could not argue the Qur’an—and would not want to—and thus we should worry even more if they did read, understand the Qur’an and devotedly practice its admonishments.

    • Mickey Oberman

      Do those illiterate Muslims not take the words of their Imams as truth and and orders and instructions on what to believe?

      • Watchman

        Of course they do, which is why so few of them feel the need to learn the classical version of Arabic necessary to read the Qur’an themselves. The imams are not about to usurp their own power and authority by encouraging their congregationalists to investigate the Qur’an on their own.

  • All is takes is one jihadi to ruin your day.

  • shasta

    Although it is nice to have another estimate of the size of the enemy forces, is anyone really surprised by it? If anything I think it is rather on the low side of the probable actual number.

  • Millie_Woods

    How many Muslims publicly speak out against what their co-religionists are doing? How many Muslim marches protesting the terror? Where’s the condemnation and outrage by the Muslim ‘community’? How come their first and only instinct is to rally to the defence of their religion rather than express embarrassment and contrition?

    When there’s a backlash from Muslims against the extremists who have supposedly hijacked their religion, then I’ll believe Islam is a religion of peace, until then they’re all waging jihad in their own way.

    • Mannie

      You don’t get much backlash in any society. The masses are go-alongs. Your society, my society, his society, we are all pretty much alike in that respect. The difference is the direction in which society is being driven. Moslem society is being driven to conquest; to jihad. Our societies seem to be being driven off a cliff.

      • Millie_Woods

        Really? We’re working so hard to eliminate discrimination that we discriminate against ourselves. How’s that for a backlash? Where’s the Muslim world’s peace movement? Do Christians in Muslim lands counsel their flock to ignore the laws of the land and impose their own laws? We certainly have the military might to do that. So yes, there is a backlash when enough people want to live in peace so badly that they’ll turn on their own people to preserve that peace. We need Muslims to do that.

        • Mickey Oberman

          “….there is a backlash when enough people want to live in peace so badly that they’ll turn on their own people to preserve that peace. We need Muslims to do that.”

          Your chances of finding any Muslims with that kind of commitment and courage are close to zero.

        • Mannie

          You’re basically making my case. We need to fight to avoid being driven off that cliff, but even in this country, the backlash is being led by a small minority, and the rest go along. We have the advantage, in that we have a custom of political discourse.

    • Mickey Oberman

      I believe most Muslims are fence sitters.
      They will gladly go with whichever side wins in any conflict.

      • Millie_Woods

        We need more from them.

  • Mannie

    If those numbers are correct, then 3.3% of moslems embrace violent jihad. Mao Tse Tung, who knew a thing or two about agitating and organizing, felt he could take over with 2%. So the masses of nonviolent moslems doesn’t mean much. Just like our society and Europe’s society, most people are “go-alongs.” And this is what you see in the militant moslem countries. The militants drive and the masses go along.

  • pdxnag

    What is a tiny minority of Koran 9:29?

    It does not compute.

    • Watchman

      What’s one poisoned M&M in a jar of sweet M&Ms? Only a tiny minority, just like a tiny minority of muslims are actually going to act on their religion. The problem is that unlike the case of a single poisonous M&M, the rest of the jar won’t suddenly turn poisonous or give false positive indictions to tests when trying to find the poisoned M&M.

  • tom_billesley

    The bigger myth is the myth of the moderate muslim majority. There’s only one islam.