5-ish Lies you were told during 10 Lies you were told about Islam!

But before you jump to conclusions…

Now to tidy up any ideas you might have about how I feel about Muslims. I DO NOT believe that the majority of Muslims are terrorist or have radical beliefs. My point is that this bogus list and false statements actually undermine the argument that Islam is no different from any religion. Because if you have to make false statements to support it… see what I mean.

Now… to the video(s)


There’s always something very disturbing about educational videos that profess, to tell the truth, and then go on to get even the easiest details to fact check wrong. Case in point the video “10 Lies you were told about Islam!”

Now I’m happy to agree there are not mass Islamic terrorist camps in the US and that the Republican talking points played on people’s fears.

But saying the only Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe over the last 20 years were the Madrid bombings is a ridiculous lie and so abhorrently wrong it actually angered me.

Elite Facts even goes so far as to state “the last 20 years” and then only show Data from 2006 – 2013. Now I hate to be a pedant over this. But that’s only 7 years.

20 years is longer.

So let’s do this properly. We are looking for Islamic-linked terrorist attacks from 1997 until 2017 and we will only include those of political significance or those with significant fatalities.

Before I start I want to point out a couple of things. Firstly, Bosnia and Herzegovina are in Southeast Europe and the Russian incidents I have included are only in areas that are classified as being in Europe. So Moscow, Znamenskoye, Beslan and Makhachkala are all classified as being in Eastern Europe and NOT Asia.

Terrorist Attacks linked to Islam from 1997 – 2016

September 18, 1997 – Bosnia and Herzegovina – 29 injured in the Mostar car bombings.

October 23, 2002 – Moscow, Russia – 170 people are killed and 700+ injured during the Moscow theatre hostage crisis

May 12, 2003 – Znamenskoye, Russia – 59 killed and 200 injured – Znamenskoye suicide bombing.

February 6, 2004 – Moscow, Russia – 41 killed and 102+ injured – Moscow Metro bombing

March 11, 2004 – Madrid, Spain – 192 killed, 2050 injured – Madrid train bombings.

Note this is the only one the video actually counts as being important enough, because, fuck Russia I guess.

August 31, 2004 – Moscow, Russia – 10 killed, 50 injured – August Moscow Metro bombing.

September 1-3, 2004 – Beslan, Russia – 385 mainly children killed and 783 injured – Beslan school hostage crisis

November 2, 2004 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Murder of Theo van Gogh

July 7, 2005 – London, United Kingdom – 53 killed, 700+ injured – London bombings.

June 30, 2007 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – 1 killed, 5 injured – Glasgow Airport Attack (actually foiled by a baggage handler!)

March 29, 2010 – Moscow, Russia – 40 killed and 102 injured – Moscow Metro bombings.

December 11, 2010 – Stockholm, Sweden – 1 killed and 2 injured – Stockholm bombing

January 24, 2011 – Moscow, Russia – 37 killed and 173 injured – Domodedovo International Airport bombing

March 2, 2011 – Frankfurt, Germany – 2 killed and 2 injured – 2011 Frankfurt Airport shooting

March 20, 2012 – Toulouse and Montauban, Frane – 7 killed and 5 injured – Toulouse and Montauban shootings

May 3, 2012 – Makhachkala, Russia – 14 killed and 130 injured –  Makhachkala attack

May 22, 2013 – London, United Kingdom – 1 killed – Murder of Lee Rigby

May 24, 2014 – Brussels, Belgium – 4 killed – Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting

October 5, 2014 – Moscow, Russia – 6 killed and 12 injured – Grozny bombing

December 4, 2014 – Moscow, Russia – 26 killed – Grozny clashes

December 20, 2014 – Tours, France – 1 killed and 3 injured – Tours police station stabbing.

December 21, 2014 – Dijon, France – 11 killed and 11 injured – Dijon attack.

January 7-9, 2015 – Paris, France – 17 killed, 22 injured – Île-de-France attacks aka Charlie Hebdo shooting

January 9, 2015 –  Porte de Vincennes, France, 5 killed and 9 injured – Porte de Vincennes siege

February 14-15, 2015 – Copenhagen, Denmark – 2 killed and 5 injured – 2015 Copenhagen shootings.

November 13, 2015 – Paris, France – 137 killed and 368 – Series of shootings and suicide bombings. The incident remains to be the most deadly event to occur on French soil since World War 2. But oddly, didn’t make the list.

March 22, 2016 – Brussels, Belgium – 35 killed and 300+ injured – Brussels bombings including Brussels Airport and Brussels Metro.

It’s at this point that I have to admit that creating this list filled me with a real sense of melancholy

The video goes on to suggest that women being forced to wear the Burka in Islamic countries are no different than women who choose to be nuns. I’m quite sure anybody can spot the flawed logic there.

It then states that Islam considers men and women to be equal – which kind of goes against its strict edict that a woman are worth half a man.

ISIS apparently isn’t really an Islamic terrorist group… They just want Muslims to get angry in order to join them. No, I don’t get the logic either.

Oh and the Ku Klux Klan gets off totally scot-free on burning crosses because the creator of this video is blissfully unaware that people recognise the KKK as an ultra right wing Christian group.

Wait a minute… this all sounds familiar

I was this close to publishing this when I noticed something very odd about this video. Mainly how it is essentially this video.

Not only do they have similar thumbnails but they are EXACTLY the same list, only slightly mixed up.

So what holds for THAT video… holds true for this one also


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