Tuesday, June 02, 2009


American Legion demands crackdown on "ideology of jihad":

Private William Long's slaying is the most recent in a string of murders in the service of the Islamic doctrine of jihad, and thousands of people have been injured or threatened since the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 because of the ideology of jihad. Bringing the killers to justice is not enough - the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security must root out and prosecute as domestic terrorists and violent racketeers those who support this criminal enterprise that has organized and funded these violent acts for decades. We call on the new attorney general Eric Holder and head of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to treat these murders in the same way they would treat politically-motivated domestic terrorism of any other kind and put the full resources of their two departments behind that effort.


No, class, your assignment for the week to compare and contrast the media coverage of and governmental response to the apparently religiously-motivated murders in Kansas and Ar-Kansas on Sunday and Monday.

To the extent the latter gets covered at all, take care to note who gets the broadbrush, guilt-by-association treatment, demands for introspection and reform, sympathetic coverage and story-framing, and expensive governmental security measures and sympathetic press release from the Chief Executive of the Republic.

And, no, for the record, I don't want to see Muslims get smeared and I do think the pro-life movement has to be vigilant against the fringers. I'd just like the relevant parties to make a half-assed toss at impartiality for once, instead of the usual deck-stacking, special pleading and cynical partisanship.

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