Some headlines from today:
ABC News:Motive Still a Mystery in San Bernardino Shooting as Police Investigate Shooters
BBC News:San Bernardino: Police seek motive in mass shooting
MSNBC: What was the motive in San Bernardino shooting?
Workplace violence? In most of the stories I’ve read there’s no mention that the two shooters were Muslim. But why if this is just workplace violence did CAIR come out and hold a press conference.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles pulled together a press conference after the name of one of the San Bernardino shooters was identified as Syed Farook.
Farook’s brother-in-law, Farhan Khan, was brought to the microphone by CAIR to make a family statement — but was shielded from questions about the degree of Farook’s faith or other details about the shooter.
Farook, a U.S. citizen, worked as an inspector for the county health department that was holding the Christmas party at the site of the shooting, the Inland Regional Center’s auditorium. Khan’s sister was married to Farook.
“We unequivocally condemn the horrific act that happened today,” said Hussam Auyloush, executive director of the CAIR chapter, at the press conference, adding “there is absolutely nothing that can justify” the mass shooting that killed 14 and wounded 17. He mused that the cause could be workplace violence, mental illness or extremism.
Muzammil Siddiqi, director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, said Southern California Muslims stood “in solidarity” with the victims and condemn the attack.
Does CAIR often come out and hold press conferences about workplace violence issues?
It’s interesting that CAIR is the only organization acknowledging the elephant in the room. Hint: The Elephant prays to Mecca three times a day.