We are all aware that within any
group, it is the people who hold extremist views and
are willing to act violently on these views when
they are criticised for having these views that are the key problem in the world. There are people in every type of group who either do believe they
have a right to do these things unchallenged or will say they don't but contradict this with their actions. So why are people of late claiming that
there might be an issue within Islam itself and not just extremism within Islam? Why isn't this standard applied to other religions or groups of
people? I believe I have figured out why this is the case.
To answer this question, we must first look at population figures of Muslims compared with population figures of non-Muslim groups that can be
comparable in some key way. It is currently estimated that there are about 1.6 billion adherents of Islam at present (about 22.30% of the global
estimated population of 7.1 billion).
Of these, it is generally estimated that there are between (a lowest prediction of) 1% and (a highest prediction of) 25% considered to hold extremist
views and are far more likely to act violently to support these views than refrain from doing so. Now obviously that is a HUGE percentage difference
and we need to make a set percentage that seems fair. If we are to be completely consistent, we should make the percentage figure (1+25) divided by 2
to get an average. This would be 13%.
To demonstrate that I am not going to be bias, let us go further and drop that percentage to 10% (even though it would be more logical to go to 15%
because we know numbers ending in 5 or 10 are the easiest to deal with in this sense.) But no, I will go with 10% because I want to overtly
demonstrate that I am not being bias against Islam. So I am willing to change the number of extremist Muslims from the more logically closer 15%
(about 240 million) to the less bias 10% (about 160 million). That is small change in percentage (3%) but a big change in the number of people we are
talking about (80 million).
So let's be clear: I am willing to allow for such a drop just so I can convince others that I am not bias against Islam. I am going beyond what is
expected of somebody who is looking at an issue relatively objectively. I am not a Muslim, never have been one and have always lived in Western
countries. Therefore, this fixes to a reasonable degree any bias against Islam that would exist if I had not done this.
So I believe 10% (160 million Muslims) is a fair figure to arrive at. If we are going to be realistic, we will see that 160 million people cannot
harm 7.1 billion people, even if they are the most heinous of people, especially not unless most of them are in positions of power and influence to do
so, which would make their views undeniably dangerous to every other human. This is not the case and it seems
most Westerners, Muslims living
in the West and all other Muslims agree. Well we can be almost certain most Westerners and Muslims outside the West can agree, but can we actually be
certain that most Muslims living within the West agree? No, we cannot. The reason is that according to Islamic belief, lying is strongly frowned down
upon. It is not seen as a quality that is good for Muslims to possess. In fact, the only clear context in which it is to be openly permitted is when
lying to non-Muslims in a way that endorses or protects Islamic beliefs.
Ok, that raises a red flag that we should explore. We now need to differentiate between moderate Muslims who are willing to lie about the truth of
their faith and those that are not willing to. Why? Because if we don't, those that are lying are far more likely to join those who aren't lying
(Extremist Muslims) when they are forced to. Of course that is very difficult to do, but I think I have a way. Let us make a third category of Muslims
— Moderate Muslims that lie about their faith. So, to clarify: we have 3 key groups of the global Muslim population — Extremists, Moderates who
might be lying and Moderates who are probably not lying. Extremists we know are a problem, Moderates who might be lying might be a problem but we
cannot confirm this even with evidence, and Moderates who are probably not lying are extremely unlikely to be a problem.
So how do we determine the percentages of each to get a good picture of what's going on. Let us start by dividing the population of Moderate Muslims
into another category (Honest Moderate Muslims), those Moderate Muslims who are more likely to be lying and those less likely to be lying. There is a
global Muslim population of 1.6 billion people. We determined earlier that the estimated number of extremists is 10% (160 million) which means to get
the estimated number of overall Moderates, we need to subtract 160 million from 1.6 billion. Which means there are a total of about 1.44 billion
Moderate Muslims worldwide.
Now to try and actually separate the liars from the honest. The best way to do this would be to compare the percentage of the worldwide population
that are likely to be liars, or who are able to lie to such a degree that they are dangerous just for the sake of being liars. We know every single
person on this planet lies at some stage. We don't know what percentage lies in a way that becomes dangerous to the lives of others though, that would
be impossible to determine because we don't know their exact circumstances.
Since we cannot determine that, let us go with a figure that is not backed by evidence, but rather arrived at with reason. I would say about 30% of
the people on this planet intentionally lie (or are unaware they are lying) in a way that becomes dangerous to the lives of others. (30% of 7.1
billion). Now this is obviously a massive issue worldwide and not just within Islam. The vast majority of countries worldwide, regardless of religion
seem to discourage lying intentionally and doing so is viewed unfavourably in a social context if it is discovered a lie has been told.
By using the above logic (which I admit is not ironclad, but still seems reasonable), we could apply this 30% figure to the Moderate Islamic world.
Before we do, I will demonstrate once again that I have no intention of being bias against Muslims. Therefore I will lower the percentage total to 20%
when I apply to the Moderate Muslim world. Even if my original 30% assumption for the global dangerous lying rate were ridiculously far from the truth
(which actually cannot be determined and therefore must be estimated using reason) it wouldn't really matter in this context because the topic we are
currently concerned with is dangerous lying by Muslims within the Western world. Added to that is the earlier mentioned fact that dangerous lying is
permitted if Islam is to benefit from this lie, as long as the liar is Muslim and the person being told the lie is not Muslim.
edit on 6/4/2017 by Dark Ghost because: (no reason given)