You may remember Sayfullo Saipov as the Uzbek immigrant who ran over people in New York City near Ground Zero while shouting, “Allahu Akbar.”
He’s been pretty clear about his motives.
Speaking through an interpreter for about 10 minutes, Saipov said the decisions of a U.S. court were unimportant to him. He said he cared about “Allah” and the holy war being waged by the Islamic State…
“So the Islamic State is not fighting for land, like some say, or like some say, for oil. They have one purpose, and they’re fighting to impose Sharia (Islamic law) on earth,” he said.
Just in case there’s any further ambiguity.
Accused bike path terrorist Sayfullo Saipov told a Manhattan federal court judge Monday he doesn’t respect his authority — while prosecutors said they want to empanel an anonymous jury to oversee the death penalty case.
“The orders issued here have nothing to do with me,” Saipov told Judge Vernon Broderick through an Uzbek interpreter. “I am following orders of Allah, who gave me life.”
That’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. Including Americans.
And that includes wondering whether people who are “following orders” from a religion whose holy texts command the murder of non-Muslims and the colonization and conquest of their lands really have a place in the United States.
If there’s any confusion about that consult Saipov.