I have a very busy day ahead of me, so let me jot down a few thoughts for you before I head out the door and into what I hope is my future. Wish me luck!
Yesterday’s attack at The Ohio State University has the entire world of pundits a twitter. It was almost funny yesterday waiting for the confirmation of the attackers identification, which most on the left hoped would be John Taylor Smith but turned out to be Abdul Razak Ali Artan. As many suspected, he is from a PLRI country and is, of course, a Muslim. In fact, when interviewed by The Lantern, the official student newspaper of The Ohio State University, he explained:
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.” – The Lantern, August 25, 2016, Pg 5
As Mr. Ali Artan is now taking an eternal dirt nap, we cannot really ask him today if part of the “media’s perception” of Muslims is due – at least in part – to actions taken by individual Muslims such as himself?
I realize that we do not (as of this writing) know Mr. Ali Artan’s specific motives in the attack, but since I don’t believe in coincidence and since ISIL has called for individual Muslims to make attacks such as this and since Mr. Ali Artan clearly had an issue with how he and other Muslims are “perceived,” one is left to connect a few dots and come up with probabilities. Is it possible that he accidentally pulled the Fire Alarm and then unintentionally ran over evacuating students and then in a fluke of nature attacked them with a butcher knife? Sure… it’s possible. But is it probable? Read the rest of this entry