(Pardonable) exaggeration in Cairo

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In his much awaited speech today, Obama said:

Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name
Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. But my personal story
is not so unique. The dream of opportunity for all people has not come
true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come
to our shores – that includes nearly seven million American Muslims in
our country today who enjoy incomes and education that are higher than

Actually, it’s between one and two million Muslims in America, in all but the most self-serving estimates by Muslim organizations. The Trinity American Religious Identification Survey–54,000 respondents surveyed in 2008–has Muslims at .6 percent of the adult population, equal to 1,349,000 souls.

  • Mark Silk

    Where do you think Obama got these numbers, or do you think that he simply made them up?

  • Mark Silk

    Whoever posted the query: It was an estimate made, oh, a decade ago by one of the Muslim advocacy organizations, arrived at by multiplying the number of mosques in the country by an estimated number of attendees, and adding 1 million on top, as an estimate of non-attending Muslims. So the number’s been floating around, but it’s not based on an actually survey of individuals.