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November 28, 2003

I know The New Republic has fact checkers, but....

There is an article over at The New Republic (subscribers only-like 90% of their good stuff now!) about the Muslims of Suriname. I clicked and was thinking about purchasing it when I noticed this: "And while Islam is the majority faith....". From what I recall, Islam isn't the majority faith, and neither is it the plural majority faith. Here are numbers I found....

CIA FACTBOOK: Hindus 27.4%, Protestant 25.2%, Roman Catholic 22.8%, Muslim 19.6%, indigenous beliefs 5%.

These numbers are copied in many locations, but you can go to Adherents.com to double-check and see that the range of numbers from various sources is pretty close to this.

Also, the article starts out noting that an Ahmadiyya Mosque stands at the heart of the capital. The author perhaps discusses later that the Ahmadiyya are considered heretics by most Sunnis, and in many places Muslims insist they not call themselves Muslims-I don't know-I wasn't going to pay for an article that had such a big factual error up front.

The main reason I'm picking on them is because all the publicity over the whole Stephen Glass episode is coming back in movie and novel form, so I figured they'd be a bit stricter about fact-checking....

Posted by razib at 03:22 PM