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Busted plot to blow up synagogues

Posted by Lissa on May 21, 2009

Oh, yes, we all know that the real threat to world peace is Israel.  And those damn Jooooooos.  That’s why it makes sense to blow up their synagogues.  NOT.

 The FBI and NYPD busted a four-man homegrown terror cell Wednesday night that was plotting to blow up two Bronx synagogues while simultaneously shooting a plane out of the sky, sources told the Daily News.

The idea was to create a “fireball that would make the country gasp,” one law enforcement said.

Little did they know the plastic explosives packed into their car bombs and the plane-downing Stinger missile in their backseat were all phony – supplied by undercover agents posing as Pakistani militants linked to Al Qaeda. [snip]

The suspects – three U.S.-born citizens and one Haitian immigrant – at least three of whom were said to be jailhouse converts to Islam, were angry about the deaths of Muslims in Afghanistan, sources told The News.

“They wanted to make a statement,” a law enforcement source said. “They were filled with rage and wanted to take it out on what they considered the source of all problems in America – the Jews.”

You know, if there really WERE some evil secret cabal of nefarious soulless monstrous power-brokers who ran the world, you’d think they’d do a better job of protecting themselves.  If they’re smart enough to secretly run the world, one would hope they’re smart enough to secure a patsy.

Now, as we all know, “Muslim” does NOT equal “terrorist.”  Not even CLOSE.  I think the emphasis that is often put on that statement is well deserved and worthy of repeating as loudly and as often as necessary. 

But here’s my real beef.  While of course only a tiny, tiny fraction of Muslims are jerks looking to blow sh*t up – it’s kind of undeniable that a rather large fraction of the jerks looking to blow sh*t up are Muslim.  Sucks, but there it is.

So why is it that, in today’s culture, religious bad guys are always portrayed as Christian?

If you want to de-emphasize the connection between Islam and terrorism, fine – I understand that.  I have friends who happen to be Muslim and I’d bristle indignantly if anyone implied they were bad people or disloyal Americans.

But why then turn around and play up a NONEXISTENT connection between Christianity and intimidation, or oppression? 

That was my largest problem with V for Vendetta.  I think Natalie Portman’s a great actress – did you see León the Professional? – and I thought Hugo Weaving did an AMAZING job.  That being said . . . I hated the utter UNFAIRNESS of the movie.  (slight spoiler alert!!)

There is a set of religious rules in which it is permissible to rape women as punishment.  There is a set of religious rules in which it is a crime to own a holy book from a different religion.

THAT RELIGION IS NOT CHRISTIANITY.  IT’S CALLED SHARIAH.

It’s one thing to shy away from the worst things done in the name of Islam.  Call it political correctness, call it tolerance, call it a simple justice not to impugn millions of good people for what a bad fraction do – fine. 

But to turn around and take the worst things done in the name of a religion – to take those horrors and credit them to a DIFFERENT religion (Christianity) while AT THE SAME TIME making Islam out to be the innocent victim under the vicious regime of Christian fascist overlords – it’s an obscenity.

So.  Unfair.

(h/t Ace)

UPDATE: Firearms & Freedom linked.  Thanks!

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2 Responses to “Busted plot to blow up synagogues”

  1. […] Quote of the Day – Reversed Edition But to turn around and take the worst things done in the name of a religion – to take those horrors and credit them to a DIFFERENT religion (Christianity) while AT THE SAME TIME making Islam out to be the innocent victim under the vicious regime of Christian fascist overlords – it’s an obscenity. – Lissa […]

  2. So did bright lights, loud noises, a touch to my left side, the motion of a car, air movement, and a myriad of other ordinary things. Gradually I became more and more reclusive. I went to church on Sunday unless I was in the midst of a jumping spell, but I seldom went anywhere else.

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