We are at war with radicalized Islam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This isn’t to say that we don’t respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Everyone who lives in the United States is guaranteed the right to practice their faith without fear of government intervention or public retaliation. Whether you be Christian or Jewish, Buddhist or Muslim, we pride ourselves in protecting your right to your faith; however your right to practice your religion or your bastardized version of your religion ends where it infringes upon the rights of other’s; the radicalized version of the Muslim faith that preaches hatred and violence towards those who don’t share their views is just such an infringement and must not be tolerated.
A 39-year-old Detroit man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly stabbed two men at a bus stop when they told him they weren’t Muslim.
Terrence Lavaron Thomas was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and possession of a controlled substance, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Police have contacted the FBI to investigate whether a hate crime was committed after Mr. Thomas, who later told police he was Muslim, allegedly stabbed two men at a Southfield, Michigan, bus stop.
“The victims in this case said that the suspect asked them if they were Muslim,” said Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins. “They responded that they were not, and then there was some back-and-forth between the victims and the suspect.”
Mr. Thomas then started stabbing one of them, Chief Hawkins said. A 52-year-old Detroit man was stabbed five times, including three times in the back, and a 51-year-old Detroit man who tried to intervene was stabbed in the hand, the Free Press reported.
Police said the three men did not know each other. Both victims have been released from Providence Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, the Free Press reported.
It’s frustrating to think we need the FBI to determine whether this act was a hate crime. Clearly when someone asks someone whether they are Muslim or not and then stabs them it wasn’t an attempted robbery, some random disagreement or act of passion. Mr. Thomas attempted to kill a man because he was an apostate, a non-believer, someone whose faith was other than Muslim; and for that he deserved to die.
This isn’t the twelfth century, where nut cases existed in many religions, each trying to wipe out those whose religion didn’t comport with their own beliefs. We cannot allow ourselves to be drawn back into the dark ages because a small but dangerous sect of a religion believes all non-believers must die. We cannot, nor should we seek to destroy the Muslim faith; however we must obliterate those who choose to twist the Muslim faith in such a way as to justify the killing of innocents whose only crime is to have their own beliefs.
President Obama is chairing a summit to explore dealing with radicalism from all quarters; the shear ignorance of such an approach fits in perfectly with his administration’s inability to accept that it is radical Islam that poses not only the greatest threat but a clear and present danger to the world. His naivety befits an equally radical progressive philosophy of Secularism; not that of the president of peoples of all faiths. When you are truly secular, as Mr. Obama clearly is, it becomes difficult to separate out one faith as evil when you find all abhorrent and makes this president incapable of addressing the crisis at hand.