December 18, 2006

The Islamophobia Myth

After the Islamic Terrorist attacks on 7/7 the media was full of how it was terrible that there would be a backlash against Muslims. It didn't happen. Harry's Place points to an article in the Telegraph about faith hate crime and in absolute terms there where just as many Muslim victims as Jews, 107 anti-Jewish offences against 109 anti-Muslim offences. However there are far more Muslims than Jews in the country so the chance of being attacked based on religion is far far greater if you are a Jew than a Muslim. Four times greater in fact. The fact that there was no particular reaction against Muslims for the Islamists terrorism, and that Jews are still the most likely victims, was also recorded in the USA. Expect some Islamist group to claim that this just shows that arithmatic is institutionally islamophobic.


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