Calling Out The Double Standard: Christian Terror Against Muslims Ignored By Media

In the Name of God: The Extremely, Eternally, and Everlastingly Loving and Caring

My good friend Dean Obeidallah wrote an excellent piece at the Daily Beast about this little-known terror plot that was foiled:

Have you heard about the Christian terrorist Robert Doggart, who was plotting a violent attack against a Muslim-American community in New York state? Probably not, because as opposed to when U.S. law-enforcement officials arrest a Muslim for planning a violent assault, they didn’t send out a press release or hold a press conference publicizing Doggart’s arrest.

So let me tell you about Doggart and his deadly plan to use guns and even a machete to attack American Muslims in upstate New York. Doggart, a 63-year-old Tennessee resident, is an ordained Christian minister in the Christian National Church. In 2014, he unsuccessfully ran for Congress as an independent, espousing far right-wing views.

Read the rest of the chilling details of the plot here.

What if this was the other way around: a Muslim caught plotting an attack on Christians and their churches? There would have been round-the-clock coverage. As Dean wrote:

It goes without saying that if Doggart had been Muslim and had planned to kill Christians in America, we would have seen wall-to-wall media coverage. Fox News would have cut into its already-daily coverage of demonizing Muslims to do a special report really demonizing Muslims. And few can doubt that a Muslim would’ve been charged with terrorism-related crimes.

Shockingly, Doggart was not charged with terrorism-related offenses. This is wrong. This is hypocritical. This is a terrible double standard, and it has to be called out every single time.

Whenever anyone – Muslim or Christian – plots to kill innocents, it is news, and it deserves adequate coverage. American Muslims had to shout at the tops of their lungs after the three young Muslims in Chapel Hill were brutally murdered to get any sort of media coverage. Yet, whenever any Muslim anywhere commits a crime, it is headline news.

This is a terrible double standard, and it has be called out every single time.


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