"We should profile Muslims, or anyone who looks like he or she could conceivably be Muslim."(Emphasis added.)
Turns out there is actual data to inform this debate. As The New York Times reports:
Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.So, anyone want to place a bet as to whether this will prompt Sam to issue a retraction? I'll give you long odds against.
Non-Muslim extremists have carried out 19 such attacks since Sept. 11, according to the latest count, compiled by David Sterman, a New America program associate, and overseen by Peter Bergen, a terrorism expert. By comparison, seven lethal attacks by Islamic militants have taken place in the same period.