Do you ever have one of those moments when you're reading the newspaper, and you feel like a reporter is just pulling a number out of the air? The way that reporters staunchly suggested without a study that there were three million homeless Americans in the 1980s?
Across the nation, thousands of Latino immigrants are redefining themselves through Islam, including a few hundred in the Washington region, according to national Islamic groups and community leaders. Precise numbers are not available, but estimates range from 40,000 to 70,000.
Whose estimates? I grew additionally skeptical when I discovered that the low estimate (40,000) was also provided to the Christian Science Monitor by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). MSNBC.com added the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as estimating 40,000. Reporters are often reluctant to accept estimates from self-interested parties, but apparently not in this case.