Christian Terror vs. Muslim – Why the Different Standard?
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.