I’m behind on the news, I guess, but just read this comment from President Obama:
Now, the flip side is I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims [sic] Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there’s got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.
I’m sorry, but when the “top man” in the nation is this utterly ignorant of the actual geopolitical situation, it is just frightening. The actual number of Muslims in the United States is not known. Muslim advocacy groups inflate the number wildly, up to 6 and 7 million. The most recent Pew Research Center information says 2.3 million. But no matter how you parse the numbers, how can President Obama be so massively misinformed? Even at 7 million, the most inflated number, the Muslim population in the US would not be anywhere near “one of the largest” Muslim populations. And how do you get from even that claim to a “Muslim nation” anyway? Such rhetoric truly makes you wonder about the pre-election talk about Obama’s Muslim heritage, it is so wildly out of balance with the truth. The level of understanding of the actual theology of Islam and its relationship to Sharia and practice demonstrated by the large majority of those in positions of governmental authority is truly alarming.