Wait For The Facts

In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving

As the investigation into the motive behind the mass shooting at Ft. Hood continues, details about the mental state of Maj. Nidal Hasan continue to surface. News reports document that Maj. Hasan’s supervisors were seriously concerned about his mental state, some openly questioning whether he was psychotic. And, despte the fact that the alleged shooter is alive and able to talk, there is no shortage of people already claiming that his rampage was a “terrorist attack.”

Yet, I have a question: did anyone call the shooter in Orlando – Jason Rodriguez – a “terrorist”? Did the news media contact the pastor of his church and inquire about his religious beliefs? Did anyone call the alleged cop killer in Seattle, Christopher J. Monfort, a “terrorist”? This despte the fact that investigators have indeed called him a “terrorist.” Yet, that got very little media play.

It seems very difficult for many Americans to understand that a Muslim can be criminal and not be a terrorist. Muslims can be mentally disturbed and commit terrible crimes without it being due to a twisted militant religious philosophy. Maj. Hasan may be one of those mentally disturbed criminals.

Now, if the facts bear our that Maj. Hasan committed his brutal murders because of a twisted religious ideology, then – absolutely – he is a terrorist, plain and simple. I am not afraid of calling a spade a spade, be it Muslim or otherwise. But, let’s wait until we get all the facts. The shooter has not died: he is alive. This will give us an opportunity to find the truth. Let us wait for that truth. And as the Bible says: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

By the way, there is an excellent article on altmuslim about this topic by a media expert. Check it out.


One thought on “Wait For The Facts

  1. I also find it interesting- and disturbing- that many in the media describe Hasan as a "devout Muslim," although there are reports that he frequented "strip joints," and consumed alcoholic beverages. Many in the media community, want to portray him as a symbol of "Islamic fanaticism," instead of the more accurate "serious mentally ill or criminal individual." That the media is willing to afford the latter designations to those Christians who kill and murder with patent religious underpinnings, and not to Hasan, is evidence of how much work we still need to do to abate cultural, ethnic and religious prejudice.

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