Not as many Muslims, or as powerful a voting lobby, as Hooper and Co. would like us to think. From IBD, with thanks to all who sent this in:
Politics And Demographics: We’ve been told for years that Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, and that the size of the Muslim population here has swelled to 6 million to 7 million. A new study pops that myth.
The Pew Research Center just concluded an exhaustive scientific study of the size of the U.S. Muslim population. It was able to identify only 2.35 million Muslims “” less than half the figure commonly cited by Muslim activists.
Pew, a liberal group with certainly no interest in marginalizing Islam, described its study as “perhaps the most rigorous effort to date to scientifically estimate the size of the Muslim American population.”
Yet it practically apologized for its more accurate reading, being that it came in “significantly below some commonly reported estimates frequently cited by Muslim groups.”
Foremost among such groups is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which claims to represent Muslims in Washington. CAIR commissioned its own survey in 2001 and came up with 6 million to 7 million, an estimate it always touts in its press releases and on its Web site.
As a result, most media outlets “” as well as Congress, the White House and the State Department “” have parroted the figure to describe the size of the nation’s Muslim population.
Politicians in Washington are intimidated by the figure, which CAIR uses as a cudgel to help advance its Islamist agenda. They believe it.
But it’s a wildly inflated guess manufactured by CAIR, something the media could have easily refuted all these years if they dared “” simply by deconstructing CAIR’s unscientific methodology.