Homegrown Muslim-American Terrorism Down for Third Year in a Row

Homegrown Muslim-American Terrorism Down for Third Year in a Row

Depending on who is counting, there are anywhere between 1.7 million and 7 million Muslims in America.

Only 14 of them were indicted for their involvement in violent terrorist plots in 2012. A report released by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security shows there were nine terrorist plots involving American Muslims in 2012, only one of which led to actual violence.

According to the study, titled “Muslim-American Terrorism: Declining Further,” the number of Muslim terrorism suspects and perpetrators has been declining in Europe as well.

Charles Kurzman, who authored the report, is a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a specialist on Islamic movements. His latest book, The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

A survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute in September, 2011, show 6 in 10 Americans agree that too many Americans think that all Muslims are terrorists.

Meanwhile a ‘secret’ study by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, “A Study of Radicalization: The Making of Islamist Extremists in Canada Today,” found that violent extremists in Canada are more often citizens than immigrants.

Yesterday the Associated Press reported that terrorists with Western links form a growing threat.

Amish Do Not Want Cult Leader Released

Convicted of federal hate crimes in a series of beard- and hair-cutting attacks on other Amish, renegade Amish cult leader Samuel Mullet faces the possibility of life in prison when he is sentenced this Friday.

According to WJW in Cleveland, Ohio the normally reserved Amish are sounding off: they have written at least 14 letters to the judge asking him to keep Mullet in jail for a long time.

Update: Mullet has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The 15 other clan members received prison terms ranging from one to seven years.

Scientology’s Top Celebrity Accomplice

Jenna Miscavige Hill on Tom Cruise: “Either he does know what’s going on and he’s not talking about it, or he is willfully ignorant.”

Hill, the niece of Scientology cult leader David Miscavige, escaped Scientology in 2005. Her book, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology And My Harrowing Escape, will hit the stores on February 5.

Hill, whom the New York Post refers to as “Scientology’s Worst Enemy,” is the founder of Ex-Scientology Kids.

Incidentally, here’s why Scientology targets celebrities.

FLDS cult towns owe lots in back taxes to Utah, Arizona

The towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona — which are populated almost entirely by followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) — have racked up a huge property tax bill over the past five years.

And that’s just one of the problems the polygamous cult faces in relationship to its problem-plagued United Effort Plan property trust.

Should Richard III be buried as a Catholic or a Protestant?

Now that experts have confirmed that a skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is that of England’s king Richard III, a fight has erupted between York and Leicester about which city has the right to bury his remains.

The question is: should Richard, who lived before the Protestant Reformation, be buried as a Catholic or as a Protestant?

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