The Muslim community has increased more than 10-fold both in Florida’s Orlando metropolitan area, home to the recent Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-linked massacre, and St. Lucie County, where terrorist Omar Mateen hails from, reveals the latest U.S. Religion Census, a county-by-county tally of religious bodies in the United States.
Meanwhile, the number of Muslim congregations in metro Orlando grew 5 times and doubled in St. Lucie County, where the Shariah Board of America-linked mosque attended by Mateen is located.
Data from the U.S. Religion Census shows that the growth in the number of Islam adherents in metro Orlando and in St. Lucie County between 2000 and 2010 far outpaced that of the broader population of Muslims and non-Muslims.
While the overall population in the Orlando region and in St. Lucie County less than doubled over that decade, the Muslim population in those two separate areas grew more than 10 times, respectively.
That means that with every person added to the population, at least ten new Muslims came.
In the Orlando metropolitan area, the number of Muslims skyrocketed from 2,691 (1.3 out of every 1,000 inhabitants) in 2000 to 27,939 (13.1 out of every 1,000 inhabitant) in 2010. During the same period, the number of Islamic congregations in the region grew from four to 20.
The Muslim community in St. Lucie County grew nearly 12-fold to 1,747 (6.3 out of every 1,000 people) in 2010, from 150 (0.5 out of every 1,000 people) in 2000. At the same time, the Muslim congregations in the area grew from one to two.
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According to the Center for Security Policy poll, 24 percent of U.S. Muslims agree that “It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.”
Orlando’s Muslim Population Grew 10-Fold in Past Decade
by EDWIN MORA