Aileen, I was only posting a portion of stats particularly revelant to the UK. It gets much worse elsewhere as you'd expect.
You can dismiss stats as just stats but when you have them from multiple sources with similar results then it's mutual verification in my eyes.
Even if you were to ignore the stats, it's clear the 'minority' is significant compared to other organisations and religions. And with Islam growing so fast, extremism here is naturally growing in proportion.
I didn't deny that Islam was a problem, albeit a self-inflicted one - but how can the frequently mentioned Pew Research and Daniel Pipes be regarded as multiple sources? Also my own research informs me that Pew is The Pew Research Center, an American think tank organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides information on issues, attitudes and trends shaping the United States and the world. How impartial is anything to do with terrorism going to be in US?
I'm no stranger to terrorism because I remember only too well the threats and atrocities carried out by the IRA extremists in the UK, not to mention the deaths and maiming of British soliders in Northern Ireland, who many felt should never have been sent there in the first place because they were effectively interfering in a problem that wasn't ours under the guise of peace-keepers.
Edinburgh was the IRA's specific target for several months in the early 1970s and, although all they succeeded in doing was to blow up the military museum at the Castle - something which happened during a performance of the annual Military Tattoo - it wasn't pleasant having to be evacuated from buildings because of bomb threats, whether or not they turned out to be genuine or hoaxes, often with only a few minutes' warning, nor did it make you feel comfortable seeing apparently unattended bags in public places or experiencing the inconvenience, and mess, caused by the removal of litter bins.
The IRA weren't motivated entirely by religion but by more complex issues which had been rumbling on for decades, but does that make them any more acceptable than Islamic extremists, the only difference being that IRA activity has largely ceased, on the surface at least, and that these Muslim extremists should never have been in the UK at all?
Incidentally, I was very gratified to hear that the man responsible for the bomb which murdered four members of the Royal Household Cavalry and seven of their horses in Hyde Park in 1982 has finally been caught and brought to justice.
If the "minority" are going to get more attention than the "majority", what's the point in voting for anything these days. Freedom of speech is no longer allowed, so what's the point in me saying I disagree with anything, because I'll either offend the minorities or be called a bigot.
I'm glad I'm an OAP because I won't live long enough to see the decline of the UK. I watched Question Time last night for a while, but found it more sobering to just switch it off.
RIP the UK that I once knew.
I feel the same FCR, and should Scotland become independent then that will be the final nail in the UK coffin.
I agree with Caz too. I'm not worried for myself but for the present and future generations.