We’re told not to jump to conclusions about the motives behind the Marathon bombing although there are many indications that it was because they had been newly radicalized in Islam.
It seems to me that America’s willing to wait for the facts but right now it seems that radical Islam played a role. We don’t need the constant lecture not to go out and find dark skinned people and take out our frustration and anger on them.
It seems to me as well that at the same time the Administration tells us not to jump to conclusions about Islam, it’s willing to believe the worst about Catholics, Christians, and pro-lifers. Just last week, the Defense Department had a U.S. Army Reserve presentation that classified Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as “extremist” religious groups alongside al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan. Interesting to note that Islam was not listed as an indicator while Catholicism was.
And it isn’t the first time. In July 2012, The Department of Homeland Security warned against extremism by single issue extremists like pro-lifers. That followed a report the Department of Homeland Security sent out saying pro-life advocates were right-wing extremists. On top of that, you have the HHS mandate which President Obama declared it was “unfair” that Catholic organizations denied contraception to women.
Immediately after the bombing we saw David Axelrod point out that “terrorism” might not mean what it used to mean when it came to the Boston bombing because it was Tax Day after all. And you know who cares about taxes, right?
But in the end it was two young Muslim men, just as we were all told not to suspect. The bombers placed an explosive at the feet of an 8 year old Martin Richard who had just received his First Communion. And in the moments after Boston police captured the second Marathon bomber, the people of Boston lined the streets to cheer them. It was one of those rare wonderful moments that occur in the wake of tragedy. I’d bet at least some of those officers were Catholics, Christians, and perhaps even pro-lifers.
Mr. President, we are not the enemy.