- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 9, 2009


According to the article “Obama, bin Laden vie for notice” (Page 1, Thursday), President Obama “caused some anger Monday by telling the French television network Canal Plus, ‘If you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.’” The report continued:”He did not cite a statistic, but the highest estimate of the number of Muslims in American is about 8 million, out of a population of more than 304 million.”

Covering the president’s Cairo speech, The Washington Times reported that the president referred to “nearly 7 million American Muslims in our country today” (“Obama: ‘New beginning’ with Muslims” Page 1, Friday). Your Thursday article noted that Mr. Obama did not cite a source for the 8 million figure, and the Friday report did not quote the president as offering a source for his “nearly 7 million” number.

Times readers should be aware of Dr. Tom W. Smith’s view. Author of the study “Estimating the Muslim Population in the United States,” Dr. Smith discounted high-end estimates such as 7 million or 8 million. He asserted: “None of the 20 specific estimates during the last five years is based on a scientifically sound or explicit methodology.” According to him, “The best adjusted, survey-based estimate puts the total [U.S.] Muslim population at 1,876,000.” “The best, adjusted, survey-based estimates put … the total [U.S.] Muslim population at 1,886,000.”


Washington director

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America


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