“Muslims to overtake American Jews by 2050” reads a headline, summarizing a recent Pew study. Pew counts 5.7 million American Jews and 2.75 million American Muslims.
The study is misleading in the extreme. It is likely that American Muslims already outnumber American Jews. This is because the Pew study counts as Jews those who self-identify as Jewish when asked their religion. Under the Pew study, the answer to the question “who is a Jew” is entirely subjective. A Jew becomes anyone who says he or she is a Jew. This method of Jewish demography counts —
• People who have no connection to any Jewish religious or secular institution, cause or family;