Two words that are often used together in the press and perhaps in our consciousness.
We tend to be of the view that whilst not all Muslims are terrorists, most terrorists are Muslims.
Until you look at the evidence that is.
Brian McLaren posted a link to this information on loonwatch.com-
In my previous article entitled “All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t”, I used official FBI records to show that only 6% of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from 1980 to 2005 were carried out by Islamic extremists. The remaining 94% were from other groups (42% from Latinos, 24% from extreme left wing groups, 7% from extremist Jews, 5% from communists, and 16% from all other groups.)
In Europe, data from 2007-2009 showed similar patterns-
The results are stark, and prove decisively that not all terrorists are Muslims. In fact, a whopping 99.6% of terrorist attacks in Europe were by non-Muslim groups; a good 84.8% of attacks were from separatist groups completely unrelated to Islam. Leftist groups accounted for over sixteen times as much terrorism as radical Islamic groups. Only a measly 0.4% of terrorist attacks from 2007 to 2009 could be attributed to extremist Muslims.
Forgive me if I come over all ranty- but I think we need to know this.
We need to consider this in relation to the foreign policies pursued on our behalf by our governments.
And we need to seek understanding with those whose faith is different to ours, not demonise and misconstrue.
And where violence and terror is being propagated in the the name of God, we should perhaps also understand that God has been used as an idolatrous way of achieving power before, and he will be again.
And that violence repaid with violence leads only to more… violence.