A new study from the Pew Research Center shows more Americans (82 percent) believe Muslims encounter discrimination than any other minority group polled. The finding corresponds with data evidencing increased Islamophobia in schools, at work and in the public square. Significantly, myths and misconceptions often inform such bigotry and discrimination. Research shows that Americans often associate Muslims with violence and fanaticism. This perception problem is purposefully perpetuated by a cadre of anti-Muslim extremists engaged in a multi-million dollar industry fomenting fear, as documented by the Center for American Progress and the Council on American Islamic Relations. Depictions of Muslims, almost exclusively, as the violent terrorist other in some news media outlets and pop culture (think American Sniper) also reinforce such negative associations similar to vitriolic anti-Muslim political rhetoric during election cycles and foreign military interventions abroad. Indeed, as 2016 draws to a close, myths about Muslims persist, percolating in conspiratorial email chains, hyper-partisan news media discussions and perhaps most critically, among policymakers. Here, we identify and debunk seven myths.