Recall how just a few days ago when some nut stabbed a Muslim cabbie in New York, the media were quick to highlight this hate crime while left-of-center pundits claimed conservatives and Republicans were responsible for the dastardly deed. If a right-wing Republican didn’t do it, they at least created an environment which made such a heinous action possible. The long-anticipated wave of anti-Muslim hate crimes was about to emerge.
Well, it turns out that the “reportedly drunk perpetrator worked/volunteered for a liberal interfaith film company and there is zero evidence that he is a Fox News fan, Glenn Beck listener, Republican voter, or conservative blog reader.”
And fortunately, the cabbie survived.
Now, another man who has not been so lucky will surely not get the attention the media (and at least one politician) showered on Ahmed Sharif (said cabbie). Some nut walked into the office of Clay Sanner, a Bishop (lay church official) at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Visalia California, chatted with, then murdered the Mormon.
If the MSM treated this crime as they did the one in New York, it would lead the news while pundits would be pointing fingers at gay activists, perhaps blaming the Human Rights Campaign or “Equality California”. Recall, the anti-Mormon rhetoric following the passage of Prop. 8 in 2008, even resulting in a film exploring a vast and sinister LDS conspiracy against gays.
And some gay activists have been just as hateful (if not more so) in their nasty invective against Mormons as a handful of opponents of the “Ground Zero Mosque” have been against radical Islamists.
If there was a rush to blame conservatives in NYC, shouldn’t there be a corresponding rush to blame gay activists in California, the locus after all of the hatred against opponents of same-sex marriage? But, as Sonicfrog, who alerted me to the story, reports, “the identity of the shooter has not been released, and no motive revealed.”
Until we know more about this late creep (he has since died), we shouldn’t speculate as to his motives. Neither HRC nor EqCA is responsible for the crime. But, if left-of-center pundits treated Mormons as they do Muslims, they’d be looking to those who “created the climate of hate” against this faith.
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds blames “the Anti-Mormon Hyteria aimed at Glenn Beck.”