Thursday, August 09, 2007

Not The Preferred Method Of Making A Point

From Reuters comes this story.

Police in Arizona said two unidentified men tossed a bottle filled with acid at a Phoenix area mosque early on Monday, splashing a caustic chemical near a Muslim cleric involved in a high-profile discrimination suit.

A Glendale Police Department spokesman said two men driving in a red car threw a soda bottle filled with acid and a reactant at the Albanian American Islamic Center of Arizona, in Glendale, west of Phoenix, around 1 a.m. (O800 GMT) on Monday.


Two wrongs don't make a right. Just because someone has done or is doing something that a specific person does not agree with, we cannot have vigilante justice. People cannot take the law into their own hands in a civilized society.

I know, the person that appears to be the target is probably a despicable individual, set on waging a court fight that most Americans feel is dead wrong. But, to do something like this only gives groups like CAIR more ammunition in future cases, and puts the perpetrator in the same category as the despicable human beings that want this nation destroyed.



UPDATE:


Greg, a regular commenter here at PYY, has pointed something interesting out, in the comment section. I think it is worthy of being added to the main post.

From AZ Central.Com comes this article, with this portion being pertinent to the subject matter (emphasis is mine):

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. Monday when a bottle with a swimming-pool chemical and a reactant was tossed by a passenger in a red car and landed on the street outside the structure, which is a converted mobile home with no outside markings to identify it as a mosque, Toomey said.


So, unless there is strong evidence that these bozos knew the converted mobile home was being used as a mosque, it's going to be a tad bit difficult to prove this as a hate crime. (At least as far as my understanding of the law is concerned.) This little tidbit of information calls into question the reliability of the media in this matter. And it is certainly not the first time that the media has exaggerated an event, with the specific intention of sensationalizing it.

If that's not enough to persuade you to start thinking along these lines, here is another piece of information that murks up the "hate crime" allegation:

Since Friday, there have been three similar instances in the same area in which devices were tossed from a moving vehicle, Toomey said.


If you ask me, this is beginning to sound like an incident that is being blown up (just a bit) to sell more papers and generate unnecessary attention. I know groups like CAIR eat this stuff up, as is evidenced by this snippet from the same article:

A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said the group is grateful for the attention being given to the Mosque incident by Glendale police.


I bet they are.

"We appreciate the professional response of the local law enforcement authorities and urge the FBI to add its resources to the investigation," said Ibrahim Hooper, the CAIR national communications director in Washington, D.C.


Translation:

Thank you for helping us make more mountains out molehills, as we are running out of frivilous accusations. It makes our job easier. We urge the FBI help us in our struggle to create a mythical set of circumstances, in which we can exploit to the nth degree, to achieve this objective.

3 comments:

Greg said...

Unidicted terrorist co-conspirator CAIR is already up in arms calling it a hate crime. However, this "mosque" is apparently nothing more than a converted trailer with nothing clearly indicating its use. In addition, this isn't the only pool chemical attack that has happened in the area. Other "attacks" had no obvious connection to hate or religion. It's probably punks with nothing to do on summer break.

Gotta love the MSM's need to jump to conclusions in certain situations. This is hardly a news story. Meanwhile, how many MSM outlets are covering the Hamas trial, in which CAIR is an unidicted co-conspirator? Any?

LASunsett said...

Greg,

//However, this "mosque" is apparently nothing more than a converted trailer with nothing clearly indicating its use.//

Are you kidding? That's interesting.

It wouldn't surprise me in the least. Where did you get this information? Because if this is the case, this case takes on a whole new meaning. Not that someone throwing crap like this at someone else is okay, but the angle in which this story is being presented.

Greg said...

Not kidding.

Check this article from a local paper:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/glendale/articles/0808gl-hatecrime0808.html

Note the link has the words "hate+crime" despite the fact that the info in the article suggests it might not be.

Quotes:

"The incident occurred about 1 a.m. Monday when a bottle with a swimming pool chemical and a reactant was tossed by a passenger in a red car and landed on the street outside the structure, a converted mobile home with no outside markings identifying it as a mosque, Toomey said."

"Within the previous 72 hours, there were about five other such incidents in Glendale, but police have not been able to establish a link, Toomey said.

None of the other incidents involved a house of worship, he said."