I begrudgingly write this blog just moments after watching a live news broadcast about the attempted murder of Philadelphia police officer Jessie Hartnett. Given the fact that this shooting took place in Philadelphia, I assumed that this attempted murder might have been perpetrated by an angered man that is sympathetic to the “Black Lives Matter” movement since there has been a public disdain for police. I look up to the TV just before the police chief began to speak and I turn the volume up to listen to him describe the incident in detail. Just before he began taking questions from the media, he had a statement that I’m going to have to paraphrase due to fact the no media channel has quoted him yet.
“Before I turn it over for questions, I want to say that in no way does this incident have anything to do with Islam, the Muslim people or the teachings of their religion and the Quran. This was a vile incident that was committed and we are doing everything in our power to get to the bottom of this. We are praying for officer Hartnett and we will do everything to support his family in this time of need”
Now, after hearing that, my ears perked up and I was waiting to hear the name of the suspect that they now had in custody. His name was never spoken, but images of the crime taking place were shown, that clearly show the man shooting the officer multiple times in his patrol car. He even got up to the point where his arm was inside the drivers side window of the police vehicle. These images, already shocking due to the close proximity of the gunman, were even more shocking when I saw the man wearing a traditional Muslim white robe frequently seen on the streets of any Middle Eastern country. I instantly knew that this was no longer a gang or traditional shooting. Just moments after, one of the press asked the question “what has the man said while in custody?”. The response fucking infuriated me. “He hasn’t said much while in custody, but he said that he swears allegiance to The Islamic State and that he did this in name of Islam and for the one true God Allah.”
Now you may be asking yourself (just as I did), how the fuck does this have nothing to do with Islam or the radical ideals that ISIS pulls/interprets from the Quran? Just yesterday I was listening to Sam Harris on his podcast discussing the sensitive and ever so prominent term Islamophobia. Here is a quote from Sam.
“Talking about Islam today is a dangerous business. Disagreements about the role this religion plays in the world have become a wellspring of intolerance and violence. Cartoonists have been massacred in Paris to shouts of “We have avenged the Prophet!” Secular bloggers have been hacked to death in Bangladesh. Embassies have burned over YouTube videos. And young men and women by the thousands have abandoned their lives in free societies to join the apocalyptic savagery of ISIS. For years, Western politicians and commentators have struggled to understand this phenomenon. And many have struggled not to understand it, denying any link between “Muslim extremism” and the religion of Islam.”
The evidence of Islamaphobia can be seen on every news circuit and pouring out of the mouth of the President as well as the presidential candidates (with one exception). People are afraid to label Islam as a violent religion for fear of being called a bigot and a racist. Sure, the problem isn’t with all Muslims; but the teachings of specific religious ideas like martyrdom, blasphemy, apostasy, prophecy and honor are frequently found within the pages of their Holy Book. A poll in 2014 was published in the Saudi-owned newspaper al-Hayat, they found that an overwhelming 92 percent of Saudis believe that ISIS “conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law.” Clearly ISIS and their increasingly radical behavior have SOMETHING to do with Islam. This belief that they hold stems from the literal readings and specific texts found in the Quran. Now, if I can play devils advocate here; the Bible has similar texts’ to the Quran that seem to condone violence and seemingly barbaric practices. This begs the question, are we throwing stones at the Quran from a glass house? Maybe, but it’s been quite some time since Christians acted like fucking savages and they choose not to literally interpret verses such as this one.
“Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves. Numbers 31:17-18”
I am happy to say that along with the invention of toilet paper, the iPhone, and close-toed shoes, we no longer act like these barbaric creatures from the 7th century, because we are a progressive culture with a moral obligation not to treat the old testament as the literal teachings that still need to be upheld today. To deny that we are in a war is naive, but to deny that Islam is violent, or has anything to do with the increasing and overwhelming number of terrorist acts across the globe is pure ignorance and stupidity.
The progressive Left needs to quit shifting the blame from Islam, to firearms, and cease spreading the blatant lies being told about their readily accessible nature. Jim Kenney, the newly elected mayor of Philadelphia, had this to say about the incident with Officer Hartnett.
“There are just too many guns on the streets and I think our national government needs to do something about that.”
Are you ready for the kicker? The firearm used in the shooting of Officer Hartnett was a stolen police gun issued by the department. The weapon was stolen from the officers home in 2013 and was reported as missing. No, it wasn’t purchased on Amazon without a background check. This is the most blatant blame shift I have ever read in my life. Clearly he has an agenda, and using this terrorist act to further that agenda could not be more evident. And to think, this came from an ELECTED official. As a society, we will continue to lose this domestic battle against radical Islam as long as men and women like this are in office, neglecting the true problem. This is a cancer that needs to be cut out. And just like every cancer, it spreads if left untreated. I will leave you all with this quote from Sam Harris.
“Holding Islam up to scrutiny, rationally and ethically, must not be confused with anti-Muslim bigotry. Cries of ‘Islamophobia’, which have become ubiquitous on college campuses and in much of the liberal press, have been used to silence legitimate criticism. In an open society, no idea can be above scrutiny, just as no people should be beneath dignity.”
Get well Officer Jessie Hartnett