Thursday, August 4, 2011

Fear

Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik appears to have written a 1,518-page document explaining his motivation for launching his attack, and in it Ireland is mentioned several times. In this short post I will look at one of Breivik's points about Ireland:

70% increase in the Muslim population between 2002-2006 according to Irelands Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Breivik is correct. According to the Central Statistics Office, the Muslim population of Ireland rose 69.9% between 2002 and 2006. Alarming? Let's look at the other religions:

Apolistic or pentacostal population: up 157.5% from 2002 to 2006
Orthodox: up 99.3%
Hindu: up 96.3%
Atheist: up 85.8%
Luthern: up 72.1%

The actual change in the number of Muslims is an increase of 13,392. The number responding 'no religion' increased 48,054. The number of Catholics increased 218,840.

Breivik is a typical propagandist, cherry-picking an emotive fact out of the mess of information that gives it context to distort its significance. In the 2006 Census the total Muslim population of Ireland was 32,539, which was 0.77% of the total population. If all the Muslims, Hindus and Jews in Ireland were put into Dublin's Croke Park stadium, about half the seats would still be empty. Breivik skips all that with his selective use of the truth.

3 comments:

  1. Once again:

    "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

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  2. Certainly true. Although I would not sully the name of Darth Vader by comparing him with this twat ;)

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  3. Well, it is the deadliest peacetime massacre by a single gunman in recorded history. However nothing is comparable to Darth Vader, so I must agree :D

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