Since max has been going on about the enormity of the problem of bigotry towards Muslims, I figured I would try and see how close to the mark he might be.
Since I'm assuming he believes it to be a huge problem in America, I went to the FBI site for statistics.
In 2012, 1,730 law enforcement agencies reported 5,796 hate crimes.
Of these, 149 were classified as "anti-Islamic," or 2.5%
of all hate crimes in 2012.
The 149 were only 12.8% of all hate crimes based on religion. (Hate crimes against Jews
, on the other hand represented 59.7%
of all those classified as religion based)
The FBI also reports that there were 10,189,900 crimes committed in 2012.
Hate crimes in their entirety represent a negligible 0.06%
of the total.
While we know it isn't the case, let's assume, for the sake of max's argument, that all hate crimes were violent crimes.
There were 1,214,462 violent crimes in 2012. Hate crimes (all violent) would represent 0.47%
of the total. Less than half of one percent.
Even if, again, we assume what we know is not true, that all anti-Islamic hate crimes were violent, they would barely represent one tenth of one percent of all violent crimes committed in the US in 2012.
This is not to render insignificant the suffering of the 149 or so American Muslims who were the victims of hate crimes in 2012, but these numbers hardly support the notion that bigotry against Muslims is, in general terms, a problem in the US, let alone a huge problem.
While max reliably offers the caveat that he is against religious bigotry of all stripes, it is interesting that his angst and ire is reserved for Muslims rather than Jews who, according to these statistics, suffered almost 5 times as many hates crimes in 2012 than Muslims, despite the fact that their numbers are only a little more than twice those of American Muslims.
Does this make max anti-Semitic? Of course not.
It does, however, suggest that he is grossly exaggerating a possible problem in this country while seemingly ignoring one which while perhaps is not, in and of itself, of great proportions, but is more so than the one that has inflamed him.
For whatever reason, he has adopted Muslims as his chosen victim to protect. Why he doesn't, at least, equally, choose Jews is more than likely because they are not currently the liberal flavor of the month (what with little bad Israel and all)
It is often the case that people greatly exaggerate a risk, threat or problem due to emotional bias (and in this I include political bias). We can see this in the case of shark attacks, fear of flying and bemoaning the scourge of rape and sexual assault in America's military.
It's a human trait and difficult to avoid but there are costs (both great and small) associated with it.
Once shark attacks in a coastal area attract public attention (and this is often just one and always two or more) the tourist trade suffers as do the people and businesses that rely upon it.
When there is an ideological component to the phenomenon, we end up not only with civil discord but, often, with unnecessary laws and expenditures of public resources.
So when max goes on about a problem that really (in relative terms) isn't even close to a problem (let alone a huge one) and then chides others for not jumping on his run-away train, it's, I believe, understandably irritating.