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Submitted by Edward Cline (United States), Feb 25, 2013 at 08:59

This problem always crops up when the perpetrator is a Muslim, and that would explain why the media, law enforcement, and elected officials are reluctant to identify his religion. Then it's like pulling teeth to get them to cite his religion. And the give-away is usually the perpetrator's Islamic-style name. The problem never occurs when the suspect isn't a Muslim, but a Catholic, Episcopalian, Baptist, and so on, and often that aspect of a perpetrator isn't even mentioned. It is a measure of the success of the campaign to charge anyone mentioning a Muslim's religion with Islamophobia or bigotry or even defamation that the media, law enforcement, and politicians think twice before including the terms "Muslim" and "Islam" in their narratives. Other than the black-on-black murder rate of Chicago, the most sensational crimes lately have been committed by Muslims, and the four cited by Mr. Pipes here are but the tip of the iceberg (e.g., the beheading of the wife in Buffalo, New York, the "honor" killings in the U.S. and Canada, Fort Hood, etc.) all point to a mental state inculcated by Islam, one that releases an otherwise undifferentiated Muslim from moral norms and allows him to go on his "personal jihad."

That being said, I can only quote Ian Fleming's Goldfinger: "Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action'." And Islamism is our enemy, whether a perpetrator is acting alone or in conformance with his creed, which tells him it's okay to murder infidels. After all, he's got the go-ahead from various Muslims clerics in the U.S., not least of which is imam Shaker Elsayed of the Dar al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia. "If they call us 'terrorists,' give them a run for their money." See http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/02/myjihad-in-virginia-imam-calls-for-violent-jihad.html So, wage war against infidels, violent war. Imagine some benighted non-entity sitting in the congregation who hears these words, and decides he's going to obey Allah and go on a "crime" spree. The felons committed by Muslims are indeed crimes, but one mustn't be afraid to link the crimes with the ideology.

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