On his radio program this morning, Fox News host Glenn beck warned, as he often does, that there is a dangerous group of violent radical Communists who want to overthrow the government, and lamented that the mainstream media, including Fox News, refuses to cover this allegedly imminent threat. As a point of comparison to the dreaded Communists, Beck mentioned Islamic terrorists, saying he suspects that close to 10 percent of Muslims are terrorists:
BECK: What is the number of Islamic terrorists? One percent? I think it’s closer to 10 percent, but the rest of the PC world will tell you ‘oh no, it’s minuscule.’ Okay, well, let’s take you at your one percent. Look at the havoc of one percent of Muslims causing on the rest of the world!
According to a Pew report from last year, there are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world. Thus, by Beck’s calculations, there would be 157 million Islamic terrorists — more than half the population of the U.S. Even at 1 percent, which Beck — noted headmaster of Beck University — claims the “PC world” believes, there would be 1.57 million Muslim terrorists. As Mediaite notes, “it’s blanket quotes like this that just make people seem foolish. 10% may not seem like a lot in most cases but, when you’re talking about the second largest religion in the world…” But there is probably more than just foolishness behind Beck’s comment. For example, as Media Matters notes, while at CNN, Beck asked then Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN) — the first Muslim ever elected to Congress — “What I feel like saying is, ‘Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.'”
The Huffington Post’s Sebastian Howard points out that Beck used the same 10 percent figure in his 2003 book, “The Real America.” In it, Beck wrote that while “ninety percent of Islam is peaceful,” “ten percent of the faith is composed of extreme radicals who have taken Islam through a time tunnel and twisted it into something ugly and barbaric.” “Ten percent of Islam want to see us dead,” he wrote.