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Monk attacked / KVAL-TVI’ve mentioned before that the Great Neocrusade has become violent. It became apparent in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino Islamist terror attacks, but it’s continued since then.

The latest example of the violent Neocrusade is yet another case of “mistaken identity.” As KVAL-TV reports, a Buddhist monk was attacked by an enraged, sanctimonious anti-Muslim crusader (WebCite cached article):

Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk and co-founder of the Trout Lake Abbey retreat, said he was attacked Monday during a visit to Hood River.

He doesn’t remember much, but says a man, who seemingly thought he was Muslim based on his clothing, attacked him for no reason.

“I pulled over, someone ran up and yelled. I turned around, they kicked the door, hit me in the side of the face and knocked my head into the frame of the car,” Sampson said. “I do remember [him yelling] an F bomb [about] Muslims, and that was it.”

Sampson expressed sadness rather than anger for his attacker, which is extremely generous. I’m not impressed with people who are so furious about the existence of Islam, that they not only feel the need to attack Muslims, they can’t even be bothered to figure out if the people they’re attacking are Muslims in the first place.

As I’ve said so many times before in cases like this … I get it. Really. I do. I honestly am aware that Muslim terrorists have attacked people in the name of their religion. I don’t see how anyone with a brain could fail to be aware of that reality. But randomly targeting Muslims — or worse, people who aren’t Muslim but who look different enough that they could be mistaken for Muslims — isn’t going to help stop Islamist terror. It just won’t. No amount of sanctimonious fury can ever change that.

Isn’t it time for Americans to fucking grow the hell up already?

Photo credit: KATU/KVAL.

Hat tip: Raw Story.

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Schlacht von ArsufI’ve blogged for years about what I call “the Great Neocrusade,” an effort to outlaw Islam within the US — and once that’s done, perhaps then eradicate it completely from the planet. It’s a campaign ginned up within the Religious Right which has gone from being a “fringe” trope to the mainstream, having recently been overtly embraced even by Republican presidential candidates. Another of those candidates, Donald “it’s his own hair” Trump has decided Muslims should no longer be allowed into the country — until, he says, we’ve “figured out what’s going on, whatever the hell that might mean (WebCite cached article).

If you thought these folk were amped up after the Paris attacks, the shooting in San Bernardino appears to have sent them over the edge (cached). They’re simply not going to stand for those horrible terrorist Muslims living among them any more.

Someone left a severed pig’s head at the door of a Philadelphis mosque (cached). While that’s sickening and vile, though, it’s nothing compared to what else has happened. A Bronx middle-schooler was attacked because she’s a Muslim (cached). A man in Queens was beaten, also, because he too is a Muslim (cached).

In addition to all of the above there have been lots of death threats, often left in the form of voicemails. And a Muslim teen’s death in Seattle may have been an anti-Muslim hate crime, although that case isn’t yet certain (cached).

Yes, the Great Neocrusade has erupted beyond a campaign of mere words and of ridiculous legislative maneuvers that should never have happened, and is now being acted out, physically. Yeah, these are grown-ups we’re supposedly talking about.

Pardon me for pointing this out … but getting into a nationwide pissing contest with other religions over whose followers can be more violent, and whose deity can beat up who else’s deity, isn’t exactly the best way to show off one’s sanctity and righteousness. But then, what could a cold-hearted, cynical, godless agnostic heathen possibly know about such important, holy matters?

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Amish Buggy RideAs a follow-up to my most recent post, I’d like to offer another sterling example of Christianity in action (and Christians acting however they damn please, rather than obeying Jesusown teachings). This one comes from a Christian community which has a reputation for being non-violent, even pacifist, in nature. Time magazine’s Newsfeed blog reports some Amish castoffs appear to be assaulting other Amish over some sort of theological or ecclesiastical schism (WebCite cached article):

Amish families in Ohio have suffered a number of unwanted close shaves in recent weeks, after shunned members of the community devised a bizarre form of retaliation, the Associated Press reports.

The beard bandits have taken revenge by scalping the hair of a half-dozen or more men and women who ostracized them, as well as chopping off the males’ facial hair.

The intention behind such attacks is to humiliate the victims, since hair and beards are sacred among the Amish. (Many Christians, Jews and Muslims have such fetishes, perhaps inspired by the Nazirites of the Old Testament, the most famous of them being Samson.)

Authorities have been unable to do much about this spate of attacks, though, due to the beliefs of the Amish themselves:

Despite several victims suffering minor injuries, police have so far failed to charge anyone as they struggle to overcome the traditional “wall of silence” Amish communities adopt when dealing with the authorities.

“You see this crime being committed, and I’m sitting here with my hands tied,” said a frustrated [Jefferson County Sheriff Fred] Abdalla. “I can’t do a thing.”

Because of Amish silence, authorities also don’t really understand why the attacks are taking place, they only know it involves some sort of schism among some 18 Amish families.

You just know things must be really bad, if the usually-pacifist Amish are attacking one another.

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Ah, the “religion of peace” has struck again. The Indian city of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is under attack by militants who are part of a group called the Deccan Mujahideen. CNN has a bit to say about them:

The Indian Mujahideen is a Muslim militant group which emerged about a year ago but has the organizational capability to carry out attacks such as those in Mumbai, said Paul Cruickshank, a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University’s School of Law.

The group has declared “open war” against India in retaliation for what it said were 60 years of Muslim persecution and the country’s support of U.S. policies.

This is not the Deccan Mujahideen’s first attack on India:

In September, the group said it was behind a series of explosions which ripped through busy marketplaces in New Delhi, killing 24 people and wounding about 100.

The group also claimed responsibility in May for near-simultaneous bomb attacks that killed 63 people in the northwest city of Jaipur.

Also, the Deccan Mujahideen is not the only Islamist terror group now operating in India:

Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (Army of the Pure) is an Islamic extremist group that has claimed responsibility for several attacks on Indian troops and civilians in recent years. They are suspected of being behind the string of bombs that ripped through packed Mumbai commuter trains and platforms during rush hour in July 2006. More than 200 people were killed in that attack.

It’s interesting that so many groups are engaged in terror and/or violence as an expression of their faith in Islam, a religion which bills itself as the “religion of peace,” a point famously reiterated by President George W. Bush shortly after the al-Qaeda terror attacks in September of 2001:

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.

When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world.

I keep thinking about the open warfare now being waged in the hotels of Mumbai — and the many other similar actions of the Deccan Mujahideen and other Islamist groups — but somehow I can’t see how they can be said to represent, or be acting in the name of, a “religion of peace.” Killing people and taking over hotels is not typically what one thinks of as an expression of “peace.” I wonder if, perhaps, I missed something … ? After all, how can this vile godless infidel be expected to understand the wishes of almighty al-Lah?

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