Islamophobia? Not really
By Jonah Goldberg | August 24, 2010
. . Americans who oppose what amounts to an Islamic Niketown two blocks from ground zero are the real victims of a climate of hate, and anti-Muslim backlash is mostly a myth . .
Really? The victims manage to carry on, the poor intrepid souls:
Fire At Tennessee Mosque Construction Site Now Under Federal Arson Investigation
08/29/10 09:20 PM | Associated Press
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. —. . . authorities told mosque officials that four pieces of heavy construction equipment on the site were doused with an accelerant and one set ablaze, said Camie Ayash, spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro . .
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Student Arraigned in Anti-Muslim Stabbing of Cabdriver
August 25, 2010, 12:34 PM | New York Times
. . Mr. Enright asked the taxi driver, who was from Bangladesh, whether he was Muslim, Mr. Zaleta said. After the driver said he was, Mr. Enright responded with the Arabic greeting, “Assalamu alaikum,” according to the criminal court complaint.
Then Mr. Enright said, “Consider this a checkpoint,” before pulling out a Leatherman utility knife and slashing the taxi driver’s throat, Mr. Zaleta said. The driver turned and Mr. Enright slashed him in his face and forearms, Mr. Zaleta said . .
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Drunk shouts ‘terrorists,’ urinates on mosque rugs
updated 8/26/2010 12:29:09 PM ET | msnbc.com
NEW YORK — In the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim incidents over the last two days, an intoxicated man entered a mosque in Queens on Wednesday evening and proceeded to urinate on prayer rugs, New York police officials said.
The man, identified as Omar Rivera, reportedly shouted anti-Muslim epithets and called worshippers who had gathered for evening prayer “terrorists.” One witness told the New York Post the man was “very clearly intoxicated” and had a beer bottle in his hand at the time . .
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Man Charged With Hate Crime For Allegedly Punching Turban-Wearing Store Clerk
August 31, 2010, 5:18PM | TPM Muckraker
A 35-year-old Seattle man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly punching a 7-11 clerk in the head.
Police say Brock Stainbrook walked into the 7-11 just after midnight Aug. 24, approached a clerk wearing a turban, threw change on the floor and then punched the clerk in the side of the head.
“You’re not even American, you’re Al-Qaeda. Go back to your country,” he then said, according to police . .
Muslims are a fractionally small part of the U.S. population. Strange that so many high-profile violent and bigoted attacks would target them, considering their marginal presence. They’re having a mysteriously bad American Summer.