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Devout Christian Goes On Rampage At New Orleans Airport And You Didn’t Hear About It

via. Daily Beast

via. Daily Beast

What if they were Muslim?

By Dean Obeidallah, The Daily Beast

A Muslim American man carrying a duffel bag that holds six homemade explosives, a machete, and poison spray travels to a major U.S. airport. The man enters the airport, approaches the TSA security checkpoint, and then sprays two TSA officers with the poison. He then grabs his machete and chases another TSA officer with it.

This Muslim man is then shot and killed by the police. After the incident, a search of the attacker’s car by the police reveals it contained acetylene and oxygen tanks, two substances that, when mixed together, will yield a powerful explosive.

If this scenario occurred, there’s zero doubt that this would be called a terrorist attack. Zero. It would make headlines across the country and world, and we would see wall-to-wall cable news coverage for days. And, of course, certain right-wing media outlets, many conservative politicians, and Bill Maher would use this event as another excuse to stoke the flames of hate toward Muslims.

Well, last Friday night, this exact event took place at the New Orleans airport—that is, except for one factual difference: The attacker was not Muslim. Consequently, you might be reading about this brazen assault for the first time here, although this incident did receive a smattering of media coverage over the weekend.

The man who commited this attack was Richard White, a 63-year-old former Army serviceman who has long been retired and living on Social Security and disability checks. He was reportedly a devout Jehovah’s Witness.

Given the facts that a man armed with explosives and weapons traveled to an airport and only attacked federal officers, you would think that the word “terrorism� would at least come up as a possibility, right?  But it’s not even mentioned.

Instead, law enforcement was quick to chalk this incident up to the attacker’s alleged “mental health issues.� That was pretty amazing police work considering this conclusion came within hours of the attack. There was no mention by police that they had even explored whether White had issues with the federal government stemming from his military service, if there was any evidence he held anti-government views, etc.

Perhaps Mr. White truly was mentally ill. Interviews with his neighbors, however, don’t even give us a hint that he had mental problems. Rather they described White as a “meek� and “kind� man who a few had spoken to just days before the incident and everything seemed fine. You would think these neighbors would at least note that White had a history of mental illness if it was so apparent.

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  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    Christians who believe Jesus is God such as Evangelical Christians see themselves as being the only Christians and believe Christians who view Jesus as the Messiah whom worshiped the Abrahamic God needing to explain themselves.

  • ShunTheRightWhale

    It’s hate and hate is no rational force. It can be rationalized, but it remains irrational. I think most percieved incompatibility of Islam and Western society is more felt than empirically observed. Someone who openly hates another group of humans uses blurred sentiments and stereotypes, the target might be different but the distortion remains the same:
    fat ugly tyrants trying to corrupt modest girls, effeminate men trying to sell perversion as normality and so on…

  • George Carty

    How would you define “Christian” in such a way that Jehovah’s Witnesses and other non-trinitarians would be included? “Worshippers of the Abrahamic God who believe Jesus is the Messiah” won’t do, as that definition would include Muslims…

  • Jekyll

    *cis

  • B.D.S

    As humans we have to make decisions based on our concepts

    And yet, some folks don’t seem to want to extend that respect to non-feminist women to make their decisions based on their own concepts without lots insults and ridicule being hurtle at them.

    I find that saddening, because it reminds me of the prejudices against Muslims in the Right wing…Islam has values that are incompatible with Occidental (“Judaeo-Christian”) values..

    Interesting, is’t me or are you by any chance elevating feminism to a religion status?. Even then, one is allowed to make a choice to never join any religion, or leave it if they find it unsatisfactory without attracting such contempt and a barrage of insults (other than from extremist of course) than apparently does attract women that either rejects or deviates from feminism. Believe it or not, there are actually some of us out there that never felt the need to adopt a label to demand our rights or fight anti-woman hatred, and I’ll be damned if I’m forced into a corner to adopt one. And whether you like it or not, or whether western feminism appropriates for themselves their struggles, there are also women in deep corners of this globe that have never heard of feminism and yet are nonetheless fighting for their rights within their own cultural framework. I know shocking isn’t. 🙂

  • B.D.S

    Yes, and unlike your’s shamelessly stripping, his at least by donning the hijab plays/displays well her part as a proudly backward traditionalist cow. 😀

  • B.D.S

    The irony! The irony!

    Yes, and ironically (because I know this wasn’t your aim) you just proved the point Ilisha was making all along. Stay classy guy.

  • Jekyll

    What does that even mean ? The sensationalism is feminist tactics lol

  • Jekyll

    Beautifully summarized!

  • HSkol

    Thanks much Ilisha. I didn’t mean to impose too much – just looking for your view. From your words, I have a better understanding of you – and, I know a great many others think in a manner similar to the way that you think; so, I feel that I know others better as well. I’ve not got the greatest amount of time lately – but, what little bit I have, I’m glad that I’m at least permitted to try my best to hear another. I think I have been permitted as much by you. To you, I’m quite appreciative for that. Peace and stuff.

  • HSkol

    AJ, with limited time, this will take a while. I do, however, already understand how you have your light. 🙂

  • ShunTheRightWhale

    The irony! The irony!

  • AJ

    The link doesn’t work.

  • AJ

    I gave this a reply but it seems disqus ate it. That has been happening quite a few times now. Besides other things, I asked how the “seeing the light” was going for you? 🙂

  • Jekyll

    http://www.youtube
    /watch?v=WL_uVk0V7gA

  • AJ

    I am not sure about this number 72. I assume it comes from some Hadith. But my interpretation from what the Quran says about Hoors and Pure Spouses is that people will get what they want. So if a man wants his spouse, he will get her (young and beautiful and all). The same goes for a woman wanting her husband. If the man never had a spouse or doesn’t want a spouse or wants more than one woman, they get hoors. I am not sure if a woman wanting more than one hoor gets that or not.

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