Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fresno - Not as Islamophobic as they want you to think.

But a great location for fake "Hate Crimes."

A vandalism attack on the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno on Christmas Day was immediately branded by Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer as a “hate crime,” and the “Islamophobia” grievance industry began to gear up in response. Now that a suspect has been arrested, the narrative is quickly collapsing.
This video report by KSEE24 describes the damage done to the mosque:
But police announced today that the suspect arrested in the attack is 28-year-old Asif Mohammad Khan, who, according tonews reports, is a Muslim who used to attend the mosque and did the attack in response to bullying by some in the mosque.
In response, Dyer has quickly had to walk back his knee-jerk “hate crime” talk.
According to the Associated Press:
In the search for a suspect, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer had said that the broken windows and bleach poured on an American flag inside the Islamic center appeared to be a hate crime. On Saturday, Dyer said that investigators interviewed Khan, and their theory has changed. “It was obviously not as we thought,” said Dyer, adding that police will let FBI agents decide whether hate-crime charges are warranted.
Khan confessed, telling officers he was upset with people at the Islamic center for talking down or bullying him, Dyer said.
Remarkably, a member of Khan’s family was allowed to speak at the police news conference to explain his supposed mental illness.
This case of premature “Islamophobia” is reminiscent of the July 2010 arson at a Marietta, Georgia, mosque that was quickly deemed by the grievance industry as a clear case of “Islamophobia” driven by “anti-Muslim” sentiment and brought demands for immediate DOJ and FBI intervention by CAIR and the other usual suspects.
Calls for widespread cultural sensitivity training, “interfaith” outreach, and candlelight vigils were all on the agenda of national Islamic organizations that held a press conference in the wake of the Marietta mosque fire:
Fire official are still not calling the blaze that started inside the mosque around 11:30 p.m. Monday night a hate crime, but mosque officials and the vice president of the Islamic Circle of North America are fearing that it is an act of “Islamophobia.”
Naeem Baig, the vice president of ICNA, was at Wednesday’s press conference and he spoke out against anti-Islamic sentiments and acts.
“Islamic Circle of North America feels very strongly that these incidents of Islamophobia are on the rise in our country,” Baig said. “It is very sad to see that just a day after we celebrated Independence Day on the Fourth of July, the very next day, on the fifth of July, somebody came and decided to destroy this property, a house of worship. This is not what America is.”
But Assistant Fire Chief Scott Tucker said his department does not want to classify the arson as a hate crime until it can talk to a suspect and confirm a motive.
“I look at this fire and I see it as very similar to other fires,” Tucker said. “I don’t think there’s anything significantly different … Until we figure out the motive, we’re going to work this fire just like it was a normal fire.”
Not much was said, however, after it turned out that the fire was set by a member of the mosque, nor were any apologies issued to the non-Muslim community that the Islamic organizations unjustly tarnished with a broad brush.
As much can be expected in this case.
Muslims get in a squabble, and everyone else has to go to a Re-education Camp.


Lauran said...

Speaking of hate crimes, some muslims in NYC have taken to threatening small businesses carrying Israeli products. A few of the businesses are folding and removing the products--others have retaliated by carrying more of the products.

When a saleswoman in a local pharmacy told me about the incidents, I suggested she take the letter to the police and local news station.

Toby said...

I would guess the police generally jump to such conclusions whenever a church or a synagog or a mosque is vandalized. Then they verify or disprove the assumption. I haven't heard of anyone in Fresno being sent to reeducation camps, although the exaggeration in your comments made for a good sound bite.

Generally, our society does jump to the defense of groups in the minority more quickly (yes, sometimes too quickly) than it does to other larger more powerful groups. It makes some sense as smaller groups are often not in the best position to defend themselves. You make this sound like an attack on your own beliefs rather than a vigorous defense of those who had been attacked.

Cops stated a theory, then disproved it in a matter of days and appear to have arrested the right guy. This does't sound like much of a story. Some Islamic groups started to squawk until the cops correct their theory. I would expect no less from the cops and other religious or social groups if their house of worship or gatherings was burned.

Peter Bradley said...

//I would guess the police generally jump to such conclusions whenever a church or a synagog or a mosque is vandalized.//

Lots of Catholic Churches get vandalized but "hate crime" is never the "go to" talking point.

Not all groups are entitled to be considered the target of "hate" it would seem.

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