If the Boston bombers had been so-called “Tea Party extremists” would their affiliation with the political advocacy group be an issue? You can bet every last nickel it would be the primary focus. Yet now we’re already being lectured that the religion of the “alleged” Boston bombers should not be an issue.
Move along, nothing to see here.
Again and again the grainy FBI videos flickered across TV screens Thursday, and the whole nation leaned in to study two nameless young men in backpacks.
But their faces and clothing revealed nothing as they strolled toward the site of the Boston Marathon bombings. The alleged killers looked like two ordinary Americans in baseball caps.
Then, overnight, came their names, news of a high-speed police chase, a fatal gun battle, and clues to their identities. They were immigrants. Ethnically Chechen.
They were Muslim.
“Unfortunately, there’s a double standard in the public’s view when an atrocity like this hits,” said Qasim Rashid, national spokesman for the national Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
“Who asked what religion Adam Lanza was?” asked Rashid, referring to the young man who mowed down 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn., last year.
“If a non-Muslim commits an act of terrorism, they are thought of as responsible only for themselves. But when a Muslim, the entire Muslim community is brought in.”
“A terrorist is a terrorist. A killer is a killer,” said Quresh Dahodwala, a nuclear physicist who lives in Cherry Hill. “To identify them with their religion is not fair.”
“I am appalled. My heart goes out to all the victims” of the Boston bombings, said Dahodwala, a leader in the South Jersey Muslim community who helped create mosques in Cherry Hill and Voorhees.
“But it is a human tragedy,” he said. The religion of the alleged bombers “cannot be an issue in this whole story.”
The worst part of all this according to the terror co-conspirators at CAIR? It’s the hate-mongers!
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s national spokesman in Washington, said the Boston bombings had “brought out the usual hate-mongers” on the Internet who “exploit these kinds of incidents to further their anti-Islamic agendas.”
“But I believe we as a nation have matured [since the 911 attacks] past the point where most people react reflexively to these kinds of incidents.”
As if the left doesn’t react reflexively before the facts are known. From last Tuesday, the day after the bombings in Boston:
The journalists of Good Morning America on Tuesday pointed a speculative finger in the wake of the Boston bombing. An ABC graphic wondered, “Could this be homegrown terror?” In a segment full of guesses, reporter Pierre Thomas featured leftist Mark Potok, the man who labeled the Family Research Council (FRC) a “hate group.”
Regarding the date that the explosion occurred on, Potok linked, “The real Patriots Day is April 19th. That is the date that counts for people on the extreme right in the United States.” Other than Potok, no other expert voices were featured in the segment. News anchor Josh Elliott backed up Potok’s assertions, theorizing, “One big clue could be Monday’s date, April 15th. The anniversaries of some of the most harrowing incidents in domestic terror are coming this week.” Thomas then went on to highlight David Koresh and the Oklahoma City bombing. The justification? They also happened in April.