Freedom of speech. It is tragic to see that the sacredness of our constitutional right to express our opinions freely and without censorship is being destroyed by the many people using it to justify hate and bigotry.

I can’t think of a bigger criminal than the sadly trusted and without much critical thought; media in the U.S.

There is no doubt that terrorism is a real threat … But the threat to the U.S. from Muslim terrorists has been highly exaggerated and quite clearly overplayed.

The Media’s Role:

Every time an act of terror or shooting occurs in the U.S.

it strikes a certain kind of fear in the hearts of Muslims everywhere. The fear of the extreme unjustified #hatred they will have to endure in the event that the terrorist is in fact Muslim. The fear that that this one or these few Muslim terrorists will paint the religion a disgusting and violent color it does not deserve.

Much of this hatred is a result of the continuously amplified mass media coverage of every terrorist attack perpetrated by a Muslim.

The Facts:

Muslims do not make up the majority of terrorists in the United States.

According to the FBI, 94% of terrorist attacks carried out in the United States from 1980 to 2005 have been by non-Muslims. This means that only about 6% of terrorist attacks have been by Muslims, which also means that the chances of a terrorist suspect being a non-Muslim are much more likely than the opposite.

In another report by LoonWatch, less than 1% of terror attacks in Europe were carried out by Muslims.

Statistical data displays an obvious disregard for facts and a severely biased kind of reporting in The Media and news outlets.

Muslims are just as affected by terrorist attacks as non-Muslims are, regardless of the terrorists’ religion.

Muslims are even often victims of the terrorists who claim to kill “in the name of Islam.”

As Americans and citizens of the world, we deserve a balanced and fair coverage of all-things political and otherwise, in the media. We should expect to get actual facts from the news, not news from networks with secret agendas that taint our ideas of other religions or cultures.

And as the supposedly progressive and enlightened people that we are, we cannot allow the imbalance and exaggeration in media coverage to turn us into hateful people, we must be more critical of what we see in the news. We must become less afraid of what we don’t understand or what we perceive as foreign.