Looking for Islamophobia in all the Wrong Places

Rick Moran is blog editor of The American Thinker, and Chicago editor of PJ Media.His personal blog is Right Wing Nuthouse.


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Consistency is considered a virtue in most cases. But when it comes to jumping to conclusions and accusing the right of being responsible for the actions of mentally unbalanced people who become violent and commit hate crimes, or seem inspired by the far right fringe, the Left has demonstrated an ideological uniformity that turns virtue into embarrassing idiocy.

Call it “premature evisceration,” as the Left on several occasions has risen up in its self-righteous might to smite the right for its perceived “hate speech,” only to tiptoe away later with egg on its face when it was discovered that things were not quite as they seemed at first blush.

The most recent example of the Left’s premature evisceration occurred last week with the stabbing of Ahmed Sharif, a Muslim cab driver by Michael Enright — a 21 year old film student, recently returned from Afghanistan where he was embedded with the Marines to shoot a documentary on the war. Enright, an admitted alcoholic and AA member, got into Sharif’s cab and, after some pleasant conversation according to the cabbie, blurted out the question, “Are you a Muslim?” He then stabbed Sharif nearly killing him, and made his getaway. He was captured within minutes, accusing Mr. Sharif of trying to rob him.

“It’s not even Islamophobia, it’s beyond Islamophobia,” said Daisy Khan, wife of Park 51’s Feisal Abdul Rauf. “It’s hate of all Muslims,” she said in response to the attack.

Not to be outdone in the hysterical denunciation department, Mayor Bloomberg called critics of the development plan “un-American” and accused them of trying “to implicate all of Islam for the 9/11 attacks.”

Left wing blogs were full of denunciations of Park 51 opponents for their “hate speech”  that, in their eyes,  obviously fueled Enright’s attack. Evidently, as the progressive thinking seems tobe  going on this: People opposed to the plan to place a community center and mosque so close to Ground Zero are out to oppress Muslims…or something. And all this talk about moving the development somewhere else was bound to cause some violence against Muslims.

The one problem in all of this is that Mr. Enright himself fails to serve as a poster boy for right-wing rage against Muslims — something leftist critics would have known if they took a deep breath and waited a couple of days before storming the battlefield, attacking Park 51 opponents and accusing them of responsibility for the crime.

Enright is one very disturbed young man. He had apparently gone on a bender prior to the stabbing incident and was so drunk at the time of his arrest that police couldn’t process him and shipped him off to Bellvue psychiatric hospital. He has since been moved into a psychiatric ward for evaluation. Journals that came to light written by the suspect detailed his 35 days in Afghanistan and authorities say “the notes do not include anti-Muslim rhetoric.”

Friends say he never uttered anti-Muslim statements. One friend and classmate states:  “All I’ve ever heard is that he wants things to get better for everyone.”

To that end, the young man volunteered at Intersections International, which, according to the New York Times, is “an initiative of the Collegiate Churches of New York that promotes justice and faith across religions and cultures.”  They are also rabid supporters of the community center and mosque.

Now admittedly, we do not know Mr. Enright’s politics or even his position on whether to go ahead with the project near Ground Zero. But the idea that he was motivated by hate — no matter what he screamed at a Muslim cabbie in a mentally confused drunken rage — just doesn’t compute.

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  • Jim Johnson

    Post traumatic stress maybe.

  • The_Inquisitor

    The Left doesn't care that they have misrepresented the facts; it's how their program works.

    The story, twisted to fit Left ideology, hits the front page. The damage has been done. It's a victory for the Left. When the facts come out the story is forgotten.

    The Left lands a right cross to the head, and then the bell rings ending the fight. Guess who wins.

  • tagalog

    It is indeed beyond Islamophobia. It's a crazy person (who has had more than the usual American kafir's contact with Muslims) acting out lethally. What HSA Director Napolitano would call a "one-off." Something out of Mayor Blumberg's universe of perpetrators. Maybe this Enright guy had recently gone through a foreclosure. Or maybe he was clinging to his guns, God, and suspicion of "the other."

  • joshua 7

    Remember back in the '70's when the left was using the term "knee jerk reactionary" as an epithet against conservatives? Hmmm………..

    • trickyblain

      Yeah. "Crazy and stupid" is a much better descriptor these days.

      • sebyandrew

        you resemble that remark.

  • HenryCrux

    HenryCrux says, "I confess I am Perplexed – here is something I need to know." "Why do people want to harm me just because I am afraid of them?" When did it become a crime to be afraid? So what if I'm afraid of Islam? Why is that a crime? Is it a crime of irrationality? It is a thought crime is it not? Fear is not allowed? If I fear I should also fear being murdered because I feared? Whaaaat the Hell is going on? Please someone, tell me! But don't tell anyone I am a Islamophobe, that is what is sure to get be killed! Perhaps I should be a "secret fearer" of fierce Gihad warriors? Shhhh !

  • trickyblain

    Pay no mind to what he said, or that he stabbed the cab driver right after Enright found out he was a Muslim. There's absolutely nothing in this case that would suggest that Enright's crime had anything to do with the victim being Muslim.

    What?

    • sebyandrew

      Nice straw man. Some people like cupcakes better. I, for one, care less for them….It is a <SPAN id=IL_AD7 class=IL_AD>crime and</SPAN> he shd. be prosecuted accordingly.

  • http://www.crusaderknight.blogspot.com James Pawlak

    I am willing to teach the accused how to effectively use a knive—Like a Muslim terrorist.

  • sebyandrew

    clear and concise.

  • http://tenc.net Jared Israel

    True to its role as provocateur, a role Horowitz has played since the 1970s, when he took over Ramparts magazine and became the main apologist for the by-then openly criminal Panthers, Front Page gives its designated Right Wing endorsement to the line that this kid actually did what Sharif says he did — *initiated* the attack — even though the only evidence for this is…Sharif. This while managing to include, in a way that trivializes it, the obvious OTHER explanation of Sharif's injuries, that he sustained them after the drunk he picked up for the purpose of stealing his money, came out of an alcholic stupor long enough to injure the cabbie who was trying to rob him, who then invented the Muslim-attack story out of necessity, a story which happened to suit Bloomberg. Hence the FIRST New York Times story includes Sharif's statement, made out of nervousness, that the kid told the cops Sharif had tried to rob him, and yet the police commissioner Kelley forgot to include that statement — which is every bit as compelling as Sharif's explanation, if not more so — in his public pronouncements.

    Jared Israel
    Emperor's Clothes

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