Not All Muslims Have Attempted Murder

A Conservative points out that accusing all Muslims of murder is as reasonable as accusing all confederate flag bearers of racism.

Mark Alexander at the Patriot Post wrote a helpful essay that exposed both the problems with Islam and the problem with false conclusions about Islam in the case of the Chatanooga killings. He wrote, in part:

The Leftmedia is still searching for a motive in the attack on military personnel here in Chattanooga last week — an Islamist assault we covered in “Obama: Happy Ramadan.” First clue: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez murdered four Marines and one Sailor on the last day of Ramadan. Second clue: The assailant blogged and texted about jihad.

Thursday morning’s daily White House email — the day of the attack — was a message honoring Ramadan. Equally notable, Friday morning’s email made no mention of Thursday’s attack — it was a solicitation for DNC funds.

The attacks have generated a lot of national ranting about Muslims, but we caution that we should not marginalize all Muslims as suspect Islamists. That is precisely what Obama and his Leftists did after the recent murders in Charleston — marginalized all white Southerners interested in our heritage as racist and endeavored to remove any vestige of that heritage from public places, including National Military Parks.

The actions of one do not reflect the beliefs of all, but clearly this assault was incited by Islamist hatred — and that should be the target of our outrage.

This should be understandable to any reasonable person, whether or not you think the Confederate Flag is objectively racist. (Whether it is racist or not is a different question than whether everyone who appreciates that flag is a racist. Sometimes people make mistakes.) It is simply wrong to make broad generalizations about people on the basis of what you think they ought to believe.

Even though Islam should not be whitewashed in its associations with terrorist acts, it simply is not true that every Muslim is a terrorist.