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January 24, 2016

Right Wing Extremism vs. Islamic Extremism in the United States: A Look at the Numbers


The now oft repeated claim that right wing extremism is more dangerous to Americans than Islamic extremism is based on total deaths and excludes casualties.
Moreover, such accounts limit themselves to attacks in the United States (not worldwide), and purposefully exclude the nearly 3,000 deaths (as well as the over 6,000 survivors treated at hospitals) that took place on September 11, 2001. They don’t count the 9/11 deaths as then the numbers would be extraordinarily lopsided (in terms of total U.S. deaths due to Islamic extremism vs right wing extremism) and so such claims are careful to be based only on deaths in the United States AFTER the events of 9/11. | Andrew Holt, Ph.D.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 24, 2016 3:09 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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In Holt's bellwether article, he susses out more Islamist-caused murders because media do quash many stories. How about the inflation of right wing-caused deaths? A guy can write an exact manifesto of Al Gore's beliefs, live on food stamps in a hovel, and have held assistant professorship at a Berkeley university, and be counted under right wing rolls because: violence.

Posted by: Casey Klahn [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 24, 2016 6:00 PM

Are the climate scientists doing extremism now?

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 25, 2016 7:52 AM

Which brand of extremism has affected our lives more? Let's see. How many formerly brave and bold folks have recently discovered their sensitive side and an exception to the Constitution's First Amendment rather than draw a picture of Mohammed? Why have American airports become fortresses where passengers have to remove their shoes before they're allowed to enter? Nobody died from the one attempted shoe bombing. There's more to this than the body count - unless one is trying to find another way to deflect our attention away from the Religion of Peace.

Posted by: Harry [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 25, 2016 5:39 PM

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