I would wager to say that in a the political Rorschach test if a liberal were shown a picture of a Republican white guy and a mosque, the first thought that would come to their mind is “bigot”,so I want to address something that has happened close to my last home in the US, Panama City, Florida.
Three men were arrested Friday and charged with arson in connection with a fire of an occupied residence on Timber Run in Panama City that happened Aug. 15 at about 3:30 a.m.
Arrested were Daniel Lee Blankenship, 21, Anthony Michael Wait, 23, and Patrick Lance Pippin, 21, according to a Panama City Police news release. Pippin was charged with arson and the other two men were charged with principal to arson. Blankenship and Pippin were arrested in Gulf County, where they live, and Wait was arrested in Bay County, where he lives.
The home is the residence of Aziz Ahmad, a local doctor. Police have not said whether the doctor was targeted because of his Muslim faith.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dr. Aziz.
This is deplorable, evil and wrong and the perpetrators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Unfortunately, this is the image that the American institutional left promotes any time a person on the right attempts to critique any aspect of Islam, whether on religious, social or political grounds.
One of the other common tropes used is that the people on the political right are just ignorant of Islam and that explains the opposition. Wouldn’t it seem that attempts to shut down discussion about any aspect of it with the shout of “bigot!” or “Islamophobe!” actually promote “ignorance”? In some aspects, I think that the left shares responsibility for the type of incident noted above because they do tend to try to stop inquiry with exactly these epithets.
I believe that the greatest challenge for our next president(s) no matter of which party will be the rise of Islam and its radicalization and one that the atheist, agnostic, secular humanist left is spectacularly ill equipped to address. Why? Because absent of some religious contest, there is simply no way that they can separate the benign religious aspects of Islam from the malignant political aspects.
Look at it this way. If you had never in our life seen a horse and a zebra or knew anything about them and then were shown both of them, other than their coats, how would you know the difference? You could only do a superficial analysis to differentiate them. Now assume that you were trained in animal biology or zoology – the outcome is quite different.
This is why the non-religious left (the same people who opposed the addition of God to the Democratic platform at the recent convention) cannot see the threat that is right in front of their faces and choose to ally themselves with Islam against their common enemies, the political right, Israel and Christians. They simply can’t tell the difference. To them a Jew is the same as a Muslim is the same as a Christian and since all religion is hooey in their estimation, it can just be ignored. It is immature and childish.
I have said many times that I have no anti-Muslim bias and will continue to judge people on individual merit but what I do fear from Islam is that it is being used as a vehicle for the very theologies and ideologies that expressly want to end the American republic. Look at who is partnering with the radical Islamists and helping them to gain control in the Middle East and South Asia.
The American political left has chosen dangerous bedfellows in the radical Muhammadians. Theocracies and totalitarian regimes share a lot in common – they just serve a different god. The American left believes that they can use the Muslims to overcome the right and then dispose of them just as they have tried to do with blacks and Hispanics but I have news for our friends – a scorpion is always a scorpion.