Muslims are overrepresented in US jails. There are very different ways to interpret that. Statistics give numbers but people give interpretations, like:
1. US Muslims are more crime-prone. There is no proof for that.
2. US Muslims are singled out by law enforcement. That’s not proven.
3. US Muslims are poorer and US law is stacked against the poor. Evidently.
4. US Muslims are more non-Whites, who’re singled out by police. Clearly.
5. Many US prisoners have been turned Muslim. Obviously.
Now comes the real spreading of hatred. It is then claimed that these Muslims cost US taxpayers exorbitant amounts of money. And that that is the result of tolerating these people.
The truth is that the US locks up more people than any nation in the world — also when not considering Muslims. That shows extremism, poor judgment (pun not intended) and is wasteful.
To blame the victims of being over-incarcerated is ridiculous. To also blame Muslims who are not locked up is even more ridiculous. To then want less tolerance of Muslims is the height of ridiculousness.
Always suspect reports of statistics about Muslims in the US to be biased by racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and hatred of the poor.
Since the lack of peace for Israel is maintained by playing Jewish fears of extermination and Muslim Jew-hatred against each other, Jews should be at the forefront and over-represented in fighting the above bigotries. And we are.
Always remember that most religions keep most people most of the time very decent and moral. And being religious therefore is generally a good thing.
Always remember that no good comes from stereotyping and condemning a whole group of people. Rather, be ready to be pleasantly surprised. As Reb Shlomo Carlebach used to say: You neeeever know ….