En route to Riyadh, the New York Times reports that President Obama told a French reporter “United States also could be considered as ‘one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.'”

Predicably, this has set off a flury of controversy. Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch, for example,  asks “what planet is he on?”

I’m guessing “earth.” Because according to the Pew Research Center, there are an estimated 2.35 million Muslims in Amerca.  This means that if the United States were a member of the 57 nation Organization of the Islamic Conferences it would rank, in terms of Muslim population, above Albania, Kuwait, Brunei, Benin, Togo, Djbouti, Suriname, Gabon, Gambia, Guyana, Guinea-Bissau, Comoros, Qatar, Lebanon, and the Maldives.

UPDATE: It is also probably worth noting that most Muslims in the United States are not Arab — and most Arabs in the United States are not Muslim

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