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Jun. 3 2009 - 1:23 pm | 9 views | 1 recommendation | 10 comments

Christian Terror vs. Muslim – Why the Different Standard?

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Why is it that the media  doesn’t think twice about commenting on the religion behind the man who is charged with killing  Dr. George Tiller (Christian) but many balk at or bury any mention of the religion of the suspect in the Arkansas soldier shooting (Islam)?

Whether you share her political persuasion Michelle Malkin’s column on this topic today must engage the intelligent mind.  Why are we so afraid to label someone for who they are?

I recently wrote a TrueSlant piece about this very topic entitled, “Gunman Kills Soldier Outside Recruiting Station – Did NY Times Downplay Important Fact?”  I was lambasted as a “religion baiter” and for being “inflammatory”  for saying the Times should have more prominently mentioned the suspect’s religion.  I beleive the Times made a mistake by burying the stated motive for this crime.

The suspect had reportedly expressed to police his hatred for what America had done in Iraq and Afghanistan. He declared he had converted to Islam a few years prior.  Putting those two facts together to come up with a motive for the shooting is a no-brainer.   The twisted logic comes into play when those infused with too much political correctness refuse to make the obvious connection for fear of going against the prevailing P.C. tide.  What ever happened to cognitive thought?

Maybe Malkin* put it better than I when she folded in the post-Tiller murder comments of  our President.

President Obama issued a statement condemning “heinous acts of violence” within hours of Tiller’s death. The Justice Department issued its own statement and sent federal marshals to protect abortion clinics. News anchors and headline writers abandoned all qualms about labeling the gunman a terrorist. An almost gleeful excess of mainstream commentary poured forth on the climate of hate and fear created by conservative talk radio, blogs and Fox News in reporting Tiller’s activities.

By contrast, Obama was silent about the military recruiter attacks that left 24-year-old Pvt. William Long dead and 18-year-old Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula gravely wounded. On Tuesday afternoon — more than 24 hours after the attack on the military recruitment center in Little Rock, Ark. — Obama held a press conference to announce his pick for Army secretary. It would have been exactly the right moment to express condolences for the families of the targeted Army recruiters and to condemn heinous acts of violence against our troops.  Obama’s omission, it should be noted, comes just a few weeks after he failed to mention the Bronx jihadi plot to bomb synagogues and a National Guard airbase during his speech on homeland security.   via Climate of Hate, World of Double Standards – HUMAN EVENTS.

We’re all smart, informed, aware people, are we not? We understand that Islam is, at its core, a vividly peaceful and spiritual religion. That’s why in responsible media you see words like “radical” and “extremists” within the description of those followers of Islam who want to destroy America (and Israel and every other non-Islamic country)

We can differentiate between the “good” and the “evil” people in that religion. Just as there are good and evil in other religions. Just because Jim Baker was a whoring, cheating, liar – and many people openly talked about that – it didn’t mean anyone condemned everyone in Baker’s church.

Michelle Malkin raises another very interesting CRIMINAL JUSTICE point in her column about the White House reaction to the Dr. Tiller Case.   And I wonder if our new President is learning the abject lesson at hand.

Once a President comments about one pending criminal case he’ll forever be asked why he isn’t commenting on another… and another.   Besides, a defense attorney could later argue that “Even the president of the United States was tainting the jury pool about my client!” As a matter of course Presidents should stay out of it.

*Full disclosure – Michelle Malkin and I share the same syndicator – Creators Syndicate. I do not know her personally.


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    Diane. Its so true.! Its not pro life or pro choice.! Someone shot him down.! Its so frustrated what the media will focus on.! I think Obama guides the news.Alot thought Obama missed an opportunity when announcing the Army Sec to atleast offer condolences, not discuss case merly condolences. Yes he didnt die on the battlefield but he was in the military and it deserved some reconition.!

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    The President is only going to comment on those things that are in the interest of his political career. You can see that there are alot of self-described liberals who will try to push the issue that Tiller was killed by a “Christian”, but heaven forbid anyone bring up the fact that a soldier-killer was jihadist. That just screams political correctness. But it isn’t really correct, it’s just biased. Just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean that I am going to bomb an abortion clinic, but if I were to bring up the fact that I am pro-life, there are certain people who comment here who would lump me in that group. There are always extremes in every religion-those who misinterpret (or who are purposely misled) and take extreme action, although I don’t necessarily agree that Islam is vividly peaceful.

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    Right, Phillip – because the association between Islam and terrorism isn’t made every day in this country. C’mon! It’s the primary lens through which the media views the religion. The idea that, in America, Christians are a poor, persecuted minority and Muslims are some sort of group protected by the media is so idiotic and so indicative of a hopelessly sheltered viewpoint that I don’t even know where to start.

    “I don’t necessarily agree that Islam is vividly peaceful”

    Wow. I mean, wow. The billions of peaceful adherents of Islam isn’t enough evidence? And if your evidence is verses from the Koran, you might wanna read your Bible before you start throwing stones. I mean, really, have you ever met a Muslim? Been friends with one? I’m guessing not, judging by the parochial ignorance betrayed in your comment. Sorry to be rude, but I think it’s much ruder to stupidly paint over a billion people with the “violent” brush. You need to get out more.

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      Uh-oh, I seem to have touched a nerve. Are you a Muslim? Again, you seem to be characterizing me, like alot of people on this site like to do. Nowhere in my post did I ever say that Christians are some poor minority, nor did I say that Muslims are protected by the media. What I did say is that the fact that the shooter was a jihadist was left out of the article screams PC, though I am sure you will disagree with me. Which is fine; I really don’t need your approval to continue living my life in a fruitful and productive manner.

      To address another point you brought up, I don’t agree that Islam is vividly peaceful, nor do I think Christianity is vividly peaceful. Each has its own violent histories, each has it’s extemists. But please don’t jump to conlclusions about the things I am saying unless I specifically say those things. In your last couple of responses to some of my comments you made it clear you disagree with me, but now you seem downright threatened, which I really don’t understand.

      And to answer your other questions-yes, I have read my Bible, and I do understand the violence within it’s pages; yes, I have met Muslim people, and the ones I have met have been quite pleasant; and no, I do not have any Muslim friends, though it more because of circumstance than anything else. There aren’t any I work closely with, and none at my church. but if you know of any looking for friends, let me know and I will give you my card.

      I understand that you are probably more learned than I am, have a degree that I don’t, and ponder more obscure ideas and aspects of life. Again, please don’t characterize me or take my words out of context just to make yourself appear smarter than me. If you really want to know, I work in the mortgage industry, own my own lawncare business, and am the vice president of a fledgling charity, all of which I can provide references for, in case you don’t believe me. I don’t say these things to boast, but just to open your mind a little bit to the possibility that there are people with different viewpoints than yours that are making an impact in society also. I may not be as eloquent as you, or be allowed to write articles for this website, but I do wish to see this country and it’s citizens prosper and flourish, no matter what their race, religion or gender is. But if you can only see what you want from my words, keep on keeping on. I really won’t lose any sleep over it.

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        You’re right, Phillip. I lost my cool. Sorry for being so hostile. I just read your comment about what “liberals” will use this for, and it got me fired up and I wrote before thinking.

        I guess I started assuming things because I saw you assuming things and I went to the next level. Look, liberals don’t have any desire to push the issue that Tiller was a Christian, but we (if I pretend to speak for a group that varied) do want to bring attention to the domestic terrorism of “pro-life”* extremists. When we talk about terrorism in this country, we only talk about Muslims, despite right-wing extremism being a real and present danger** (Timothy McVeigh, etc). If Randall Terry was a Muslim, I have no doubt he’d be in Gitmo being waterboarded fo inciting acts of terrorism.

        I didn’t mean to imply that I was smarter than you, and I certainly don’t think I’m more eloquent than you. Even though we disagree, I always enjoy reading your comments. I apologize for my condescension. I guess my point about parochialism was that people’s minds tend to change when they actually know people involved. Like Dick Cheney would ever be pro-gay marriage if his daughter wasn’t gay, for one example. And I assumed you were implying that Christianity was “vividly peaceful” while Islam was not. You apparently were not.

        I’m not Muslim. I was raised Southern Baptist, but am now an agnostic. My wife is a liberal Presbyterian minister, and we have many friends who are ministers also. I clearly have nothing wrong with Christians. :) I was defensive I guess because I feel like Muslims get picked on and pigeonholed when most of them are just like other Americans, regular people who just want to live their life and take care of their families. I don’t like to see any group get bullied just because it’s outnumbered. I guess I was overly sensitive and thought that’s what you were doing.

        Again, sorry for being an unprofessional jerk.

        *I put the word in quotes b/c obviously anyone that kills in the name of life can hardly be called pro-life.

        ** There have been 7 murders, 17 attempted murders, 41 bombings, 175 arsons, 96 attempted bombings or arsons, 390 invasions, 1400 cases of vandalism, 1993 cases of trespassing, 100 butyric acid attacks, 659 anthrax threats, 179 cases of assault and battery, 406 death threats, four kidnappings, 151 burglaries, and 525 cases of stalking specifically directed at clinics, their workers, or their volunteers in the US and Canada. That’s over 6,100 cases of terrorist activity by the “pro-life” movement.

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          No hard feelings Joseph. I get riled up just like the next person, and what I said about being eloquent I meant. I know your standpoints from the things you have written, and they come across clearly and concisely, while the things I say sometimes get taken the wrong way. But I strive to get better and more aptly understood the moer I write. I am a Christian, and I certainly don’t want to see any groups pigeonholed either. Muslims have gotten a bad rap, both here and abroad, and on the same token, when people commit acts of terror in the name of Christ, they give the rest of us a bad name. Though I do think that terrorism as we know it in the news is more broadly aimed at all Americans, while right-wing terrorism is aimed at pockets of people with whom the terrorists disagree, and not the country as a whole.

          But seriously, no hard feelings, and I don’t think you were being unprofessional, though I was surprised at the reaction my comment elicited. But keep writing, and I will keep reading, and I am sure we will cross paths again soon. Cheers!

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    You were dead-on yesterday in your post and you are again today. I enjoyed your embedded source material from Michelle Malkin as well. I’ve never heard of her, but it was a good read.

    According to the local news here in San Francisco, President Obama has a speech coming up on his trip reaching out to Muslims. Perhaps that is why he did not mention anything about a homegrown Muslim terrorist here in the U.S. and the killing at the recruiting office? He did miss the perfect moment to deal with the attack as you pointed out. I believe it was intentional. He needs to be consistent and (to use his own words…er…word) transparent.

    You are an intelligent woman that seems to put great thought into your posts. You made your point and it was valid. Some of the comments you endured yesterday were unnecessary. That’s why I don’t read them normally, but they were part of the embedded source material today and I did use the word “inflammatory.” I wanted to make sure there was no misunderstanding in what I had said. Nope. It was somebody else. I’m not on here to argue with anybody. I like dealing with the subject at hand as presented by the author. (Oh, that would be you!) On the upside, you definitely have people thinking and there is nothing wrong with that.


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    Because there is a difference between journalism and race (and/or religion) baiting.

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