January 9, 2011
Muslims see double standard in Arizona shooting
There has been a lot of ink and opinions spilled over yesterday’s bloodshed in Arizona. Mollie has looked at some of the religion angle over at GetReligion. I mentioned one yesterday: Gabby Giffords is Jewish. So too was Gabe Zimmerman, one of her staffers who was killed.
That sounds about right, but what double standards are we talking about? That led me to search for Muslim talk regarding the Giffords shooting. Here’s what the Washington Post reported:
True, the Arizona shooter’s action should be described as an act of terrorism. After all, he is a self-styled terrorist. But that doesn’t mean that the Times Square Bomber or the Fort Hood shooter are not terrorists too. And there is no contesting that those men were motivated by what they thought was God’s will for them as a Muslim. They were mistaken, but it still came from their misunderstanding of Islam.