Curt Schilling posted and then deleted a tweet Tuesday that seemed to suggest "extremist" Muslims posed as much of a threat to the world as the Nazis did during WWII.
The former Major League pitcher and current ESPN color commentator tweeted out the above meme while adding, "The math is staggering when you get to true #'s." As a result, Schilling was pulled from ESPN's Little League World Series coverage.
ESPN called Schilling's tweet "completely unacceptable."
"Curt’s tweet was completely unacceptable, and in no way represents our company’s perspective," ESPN said in a statement. "We made that point very strongly to Curt and have removed him from his current Little League assignment pending further consideration.”
Here are some true numbers.
The Nazis killed 6 million Jews during the Holocaust and posed an existential threat to the Jewish population under their control.
While most Muslims don't engage in politically inspired violence, those who do are responsible for a very small percentage of terror attacks in the West.
In Europe, the percentage is even lower. Europol, the European Union’s law-enforcement agency, looked at the number of terror attacks over the last five years and found that less than 2 percent were committed by Muslims.
Americans have a much better chance of being crushed and killed by their own furniture or getting struck by lightning than dying in a terrorist attack, the Intercept reported in June.
When Muslims do commit acts of terror in the United States, they often list violence perpetrated by the nation's government as the reason for their actions.
A 2004 Pentagon report confirmed this, noting that "Muslims do not 'hate our freedom,' but rather, they hate our policies," including "American direct intervention in the Muslim world."