So how many Muslims aren't radical terrorists?
Take your time.
You don't have to come up with an exact figure.
I would say, "the vast, overwhelming majority."
Or, for the mathematically inclined, 99.99 percent.
First, because that's demonstrably true. While quite a bit of the bloodshed in the world can be traced to those acting in some crazed notion of Islam, the fact remains that almost all of the 1.6 billion Muslims are, like most people everywhere, trying to go about their business.
If that weren't true, we'd all be dead.
Or a lot more of us would be dead.
Not everyone thinks this way of course. I've had otherwise sensible readers tip-toe toward it, saying, "Yeah, maybe, but what about ISIS and the mullahs in Iran." It's important for them to establish, at the very least, that Islam is more bloodthirsty than Christianity is, at the moment.
I think, in their view, it means they win.
But some aren't satisfied playing that sorta sad exercise in playing nyah-nyan-we're-more-peaceful-than-you.
Scott Walker, on the campaign trail in New Hampshire this week, squinched his eyes shut and came up with an estimate of how many Muslims aren't murderous terrorists.
You can listen to the quote in context here.
I imagine he'll eventually apologize—groups like CAIR are already demanding he do so.
Or maybe he won't. As Donald Trump amply demonstrates, being the big dog means never having to say you're sorry.
Besides, this was no gaffe. It is a received truth of the Republican party that, just as Mexican immigrants tend to be rapists, murderers and criminals, so followers of Islam are hot to wage deadly Jihad, if not one and all, then the vast majority. Those who haven't struck yet are perhaps biding their time.
This is important more than an illustration of gotcha politics. Scott Walker and his like-minded soul mates are in league with the terrorists they so strenuously condemn. The reason terrorists commit those acts is because they want to drive a wedge between Islam and the West.
So when hacks like Walker take the bait, they are doing the work of terrorists. Walker is what the Communists would call "a useful idiot." A phrase that, applied to Walker, is only half true.
The second half.