For the record Muslim extremists are killing far more Muslims than Americans or others. For us to attack Islam as a whole for the murders by Muslim extremists could not be a better recruiting device for these crazies. Needless to say Obama was reaching out to our Muslim friends when he supported the right to build a Mosque and peace-making institution several blocks away from Ground Zero.

May our pols attacking this religious right get their just deserts. I have had it with Republican ‘treason’ to the the U.S. with their constant attacks on our nation. This party has degenerated into representing the worst elements — pure greed and contempt for those in desperate need of help — 13 million living in poverty including a majority of children. Shame!


Number of Muslims in the world:

Estimates of the total number of Muslims in the world vary greatly:
bullet 0.700 billion or more, Barnes & Noble Encyclopedia (1993)
bullet 0.817 billion, The Universal Almanac (1996)
bullet 0.951 billion, The Cambridge Factfinder (1993)
bullet 1.100 billion, The World Almanac (1997)

As of mid 2010, we accept the Pew Forum’s estimate 1.57 billion as the most reliable estimate.

With that number, they represent about 22% of the world’s population. They are the second largest religion in the world. Only Christianity is larger, with 33% of the world’s inhabitants — a little over 2 billion.

Islam is growing about 2.9% per year. This is faster than the total world population which increases about 2.3% annually. It is thus attracting a progressively larger percentage of the world’s population.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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