Daniel Greenfield destroys the “Islamaphobia is rampant” lie being pushed by the Left, the media, and, of course Jihadist sympathizers!
Headlines in New York papers are blaring once again that Islamophobia is up. Up and rising. Statistics released by the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services reveal that Islamophobic bias attacks are up by a whopping 15 percent.
15 percent does sound like a lot. And by a lot, I mean that they’ve gone up from 8 incidents in 2008 to 11 in 2009. That’s right, that whopping “15 percent” is actually an increase of 3 incidents. To put this into context, in 2008 there were 219 attacks targeting Jews. And in 2009, that number went up to 251. And here’s some more context. That same report shows that Anti-Multi-Religious Groups attacks went up from 3 to 11 incidents in that same year. That’s a much steeper spike which brings us to the same number as the so-called Islamophobic attacks. And yet you don’t see the media trumpeting those numbers. But when there are more bias attacks by people who can’t figure out which religion they hate more, than anti-Muslim attacks, it’s safe to say that there is no Islamophobia crisis.
In 2010, we’ve been witness to multiple fake Islamophobia incidents in New York City. Just a few weeks ago, hate crimes charges were dropped against two latino men who got into a subway scuffle with an Imam. The Imam, Rod Peterson, is a criminal with an extensive rap sheet for burglary, robbery and possession of a weapon. It’s not clear that his victims had any such record. But because Rod Peterson had become an Imam, he went free, while his victims faced hate crimes charges. Now the hate crimes charges have been withdrawn. But the lesson of the story is that an altercation by a Muslim criminal who cries, “Hate Crime” will get him off the hook, while the men he got into a fight with still face criminal charges.
Then there was the famous “Prayer Rug Urination of 2010”. Newspaper headlines told the awful tale of a horrible Islamophobe who ran into the Al-Iman Mosque mosque, cursing Muslims and urinating all over their prayer rugs. As the story developed, it turned out that the “Urinating Islamophobe” was actually Omar Riviera, a Latino man on a several day bender, who urinated on the street, at a prayer rug near the entrance to the mosque. Omar never cursed any Muslims. He had no idea where he was. But none of that stopped Rachel Barenblat, an Al-Jazeera contributor and radical anti-Israel leftist, from jumping on the incident to raise over a thousand dollars to buy the Al-Iman mosque a new prayer rug. (For a 1000 dollars, you could probably carpet several rooms in the mosque, but why bother jumping on the details.) The Al-Iman Mosque turned out to have anti-semitic and homophobic materials on their website, but that didn’t stop Nicholas Kristof from featuring Rachel Barenblat as a model for all self-hating Jews to follow.
Then there was Michael Enright, a dead drunk alcoholic arts student, who became the poster child for Islamophobia, after he slashed the Muslim cabbie who was driving him home. Afterward Enright sat down in the street and was so incoherent that police took him to Bellevue Hospital, rather than a prison cell, but he was too useful to let go of. Earlier that year, a Muslim cabbie had been robbed and beaten by an attacker, but the timing wasn’t right yet. Enright’s drunken slashing came at the perfect time for Bloomberg to put on a show in defense of the Ground Zero Mosque.
Bloomberg invited the cabbie to City Hall. The media depicted Enright as a hate crazed monster, even though there was an extensive history showing that he actually liked Muslims. And an even more extensive history showing that he was an alcoholic prone to crazed behavior when drunk. But none of that mattered. Bloomberg had his pigeon. While Enright should have faced justice for his attack, it should have been as part of a legitimate investigation, rather than a prop in a show about tolerance. The cabbie and the media colluded to misrepresent Enright’s comments. And just as in the previous cases, an assault that was not a hate crime, became transformed into a hate crime.
Useful idiots! They ignore acts of terror by radical Muslims, they they glom onto these stories?