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Backlash against Muslims on Schedule; Assault on Moozlem-looking Priest

Greek Orthodox priest guilty of "looking Arabic"

Greek Orthodox priest guilty of "looking Arabic"

The Islamophobes have been praying to cash in on the Ft. Hood Shootings, hoping that it will result in a backlash against Muslims.  It seems this backlash is right on schedule: Jason D. Bruce, a Marine reservist, physically assaulted a Greek Orthodox priest, mistaking him for an Arab (and thus a terrorist, since we all know that Arab = terrorist); the Tampa Bay Times reports:

Tampa police: Marine reservist attacked Greek priest he mistook for terrorist

By Alexandra Zayas and Demorris A. Lee, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TAMPA — Marine reservist Jasen Bruce was getting clothes out of the trunk of his car Monday evening when a bearded man in a robe approached him.

That man, a Greek Orthodox priest named Father Alexios Marakis, speaks little English and was lost, police said. He wanted directions.

What the priest got instead, police say, was a tire iron to the head. Then he was chased for three blocks and pinned to the ground — as the Marine kept a 911 operator on the phone, saying he had captured a terrorist.

The “Arabic [sic] looking” victim ended up in the hospital, and Jason D. Bruce “pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery.”  When he learned that the priest was a not an Arab infidel but a God-fearing “Greek Orthodox priest,” Bruce “teared up.” Oopsie doopsie.

Hat tip: ThinkProgress.org

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  • King The Kong

    I know this is late. But did anyone think of where this took place? Who the priest is? I’m not saying one side is right or wrong but it seems because he was a priest everyone is freaking out. We weren’t there and it’s not fair to say how on would or should react to a given situation. All the insults don’t help. I’m assuming you people must feel better when you hurl an insult at someone, even if that someone may be in the wrong. The priest forgave him and he was the one that got hit. Childish and irresponsible to act in such a way. The priest is the true Christian in all this.

  • mike

    The idiotic right-wing morons in this country have shown their pathetic cowardice yet again! These “patriots” can’t be bothered with REALITY, they just ATTACK any and everything that’s different.

    I thank my Mother endlessly for doing me a huge favor:

    1) not shoving a religion down my throat;
    2) not shoving a political party down my throat;

    More people should try this! Figure out what you believe based on reason and your experiences instead of what Mommy, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity or Glen “Klown” Beck TOLD YOU TO THINK…..

  • Ryan

    this guy is scum.

  • Seductive

    iSherif, Ali Sina from faithfreedom.org is an atheist ex Shia Iranian.

    There is already one website on the internet that is dedicated to rebuttting his lies, and that website is
    faithfreedom.com

    It’s a pity the founders of that website didn’t call it something like rebuttingfaithfreedom.com because Ali Sina’s website is faithfreedom.org, and the one that exposes his lies has the same name only it ends in .com

  • iSherif

    Danios, I was wondering if your team could please write up an article, when you’ll can, ’bout the crazy loon behind faithfreedom.org who goes by the online name of Ali Sina. With his deceptive ways, the guy’s managed to hoodwink hundreds of people in target audiences in India, Malaysia and Indonesia who swallow everything he says hook, line and sinker… 🙁

  • Ata

    or maybe LB is hilariously being sarcastic…

    After getting hit upside the head, the priest ran for three blocks! That takes some stamina…or just fear!

  • Danios

    LB: maybe you have no reading comprehension skills whatsoever.

  • LB

    May be this is another Muslim attack on a Jew, but you lunatics put a different spin of your own on it!

  • Seductive

    Condolences to this poor man, a victim of hatred.

    Kind of makes you want to get your hands on the perpetrators and give them a taste of their own medicine.

  • Still trying to understand what was threatening about a man asking for directions. Maybe the fact of a man asking for directions seemed so unnatural to the he-man Marine reservist that he just knew the guy was a terrorist, and right in the middle of a terrorist operation!

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