Muslims and their supporters took to social media last night and this morning to condemn the deadly terror attacks in Paris and reiterate the difference between Islam and extremist dogma.

As news about the shootings trickled out, an eyewitness said that one of the perpetrators had yelled “Allahu Akbar,” (“God is great” in Arabic), before firing into a crowd at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. Just before noon local time, French President François Hollande said the Islamic State was responsible for the deaths and called the attack an “act of war.”

Muslim groups and countries widely condemned the terror attacks in Paris, and Muslims and supporters around the world took to social media to defend Islam as a nonviolent faith.

Yet there was still an immediate backlash on Twitter, with some people – including high-profile public figures – subtly or not so subtly shifting the blame for terrorism to immigrants, refugees and Muslims more broadly.

The phrase “terrorism has no religion” started trending on Twitter within several hours of the attack. (The image below comes from


Others pointed out the lack of logic in blaming refugees, Muslims broadly, or other victims of terror.

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