I am a daughter of the Deep South, and I can attest that not all white Southerners are members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Sometimes the concentrated focus on the worst in any group leads to the belief that the entire group is bad. Isn’t this the basis of prejudice?
In my opinion, one in every four persons in the world is getting a bad rap. Not all Muslims are fanatical, America-hating killers.
With this in mind, a survery caught my attention early this morning as I scanned CNN headlines.
An intensive study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life concludes there are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world, and approximately 9 out of 10 are Sunni.
By contast there are 2.2 billion Christians in the world population of 6.8 billion. It’s pretty apparent to me and should be to you that the future of this planet depends on these two groups learning to coexist peacefully.
What makes the Pew study results so fascinating is the location of the world's Muslims.
CNN reporter Richard Allen Greene writes:
“India, a majority-Hindu country, has more Muslims than any country except for Indonesia and Pakistan, and more than twice as many as Egypt.
“China has more Muslims than Syria.
“Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon.
“And Russia has more Muslims than Jordan and Libya put together.
“Nearly two out of three of the world's Muslims are in Asia, stretching from Turkey to Indonesia.
“The Middle East and north Africa, which together are home to about one in five of the world's Muslims, trail a very distant second.”
The Pew research team analyzed data from 232 countries and territories over a three-year period.
The CNN article addresses the implications on U.S. policy in light of the surprising population distribution. A brief article highly recommended: LINK