On Tuesday morning, former Major League baseball pitcher Curt Schilling tweeted:
“Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?”
Immediately, ESPN went into action by suspending their analyst and issuing a public denunciation:
“Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective. We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
But what if Curt was not only right about Muslim extremists, but underestimating their numbers?
David French at National Review, writes, “If anything, Schilling understated the extent of Islamic radicalism. While more than a million Muslims actually belong to radical militias, terrorist organizations, and the military forces of radical Islamic states, the number of Muslims with terrorist sympathies and radical beliefs number in the hundreds of millions.”
He goes on to cite a Pew Research Study that claims, “88 percent of Muslims in Egypt and 62 percent of Muslims in Pakistan favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion. This is also the majority view among Muslims in Malaysia, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.”
So, if ISIS is an evil group of genocidal people bent on doing us harm, what’s the problem? “The difference between a jihadist army like ISIS and Hitler’s SS is one of power, not morality,” as David writes.
The problem is that ESPN — and their like minded cohorts at the Huffington Post — insist on minimizing jihadist violence. In other words, they’re part of the problem, as they attempt to shame people for nothing more than tweeting the truth.
Read all of David’s piece here.