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Steve Lunetta: Thoughts on the religion of peace

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Posted: September 5, 2010 9:47 p.m.
Updated: September 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

On Aug. 24, a drunken 21-year-old college arts student in New York sat down in the back of a cab and asked the driver if he was a Muslim. Upon hearing an affirmative answer, Michael Enright pulled out a knife, cried out an Arabic slogan for peace and began slashing at the driver’s throat.

Fortunately, the driver was able to escape. The police arrived and got medical attention for the driver. They found and arrested the alleged attempted murderer. He was charged with a hate crime the following week.

The driver will be OK and I am truly glad. There is no doubt young Enright is guilty of attempted murder and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

But did you notice something peculiar? The media and the Muslim community immediately focused on anti-Muslim sentiment in New York due to the proposed mosque/center near ground zero. A defensive “victim mentality” immediately came to the surface and was all-too familiar.

The Huffington Post reported that one group, Agenda Project (that is an active proponent of mosque madness), indicated “Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, New York Gov. David Patterson and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid along with Newt Gingrich, John McCain and Sarah Palin (are) culprits to blame for an environment of prejudice against Muslim Americans.”

They should have thrown in Santa, the Easter Bunny and Uncle Earl. Doesn’t “environment of prejudice” sound much like “I’m the victim”? 

Like many minority groups, some Muslims in New York play the “victim” card and the media gobbles it up and reports it as news. Unfortunately, our domestic media often ignores or downplays the other side of the coin — those victimized by Muslim extremism.

On Aug. 25, 29 people were killed and 200 injured when two Sunni suicide bombers and a car bomb went off near a procession of Shia pilgrims.

On that same day, Reuters reported that a Buddhist couple in Thailand’s Pattani Province was killed in a drive-by shooting by insurgent Muslims who are trying to gain autonomy from the Buddhist majority.

The day before, PBS broadcast the story that five U.S. troops were killed by roadside bombs. Also, a gunman opened fire on a bus containing supreme court clerks, killing three and wounding 12.

The body count for the Religion of Peace seems to be mounting.

On that same day, Aug. 31, a group from Hamas opened fire on a vehicle, killing four Israelis, one of whom was a pregnant woman. The People’s Daily Online reported “Hamas’ armed wing Izeldein al-Qassam Brigades said in a text message sent to reporters that it claimed the full responsibility for the ‘heroic’ armed attack carried out near Hebron.”

The Religion of Peace must be so proud.

On Aug. 29 in the Philippine city of Bukidnon, irate Maranao Muslims tossed a couple of hand grenades into a Catholic mass, wounding two parishioners. 

On Aug. 28, 10 soldiers were ambushed in Abyan Yemen and killed. Their bodies were burned while their murderers shouted “Allahu Akbar.”

This is a mere sampling of the immense numbers of murders, attacks and atrocities committed by Muslim extremists in the name of Islam. Often, these incidents are not reported in the media and simply ignored. If you want to see more detail, visit and look at the list of Islamic attacks over the last two months.

Something is very wrong in our nation when a knife attack on a New York cabbie is splashed across the evening news but multiple, consistent, brutal and shocking attacks are ignored. The knife attack is a sad aberration by a clearly disturbed boy. The long list of worldwide attacks is not.

For all of you who think this is merely a case of Islamophobia by the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, take a look at the sources for the examples given above. Not once was Fox News mentioned. This information is coming from mainline news
organizations like Reuters. Even PBS got in on the act.

Where is the outrage for the hundreds killed and injured by Islamic extremism? Where are the victims groups in Israel, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and New York demanding an apology from Islam and a demand that the violence stop?
Instead, we are focused on the “small” incident, being distracted by claims of victimhood while the much larger issue — worldwide Muslim extremism — is relatively ignored. Anyone who focuses on extremist atrocities is labeled an “Islamophobe.”

It’s time to ignore labels and wake up, America.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and does not mind the names he is called. He can be reached at His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of the Signal.


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