This today at TPM:
According to Detective Marc Nell, at 6:14 pm last night, the driver picked up Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster, NY, at the intersection of 24th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. The cab proceeded to drive north, and Enright asked the driver, who Nell identified as a 43-year-old Asian male, if he was Muslim. After the driver responded that he was, Enright allegedly stabbed him repeatedly with a Leatherman tool, according to police.
“[Enright] stabbed the driver in the throat, right arm, left forearm, right thumb and upper lip,” Nell said.
Is this the word made flesh? In other words, is the Herderite, anti-Jeffersonian collective guilt rhetoric being directed toward Muslim Americans for 9-11 morphing into physical violence?
Fortunately, the cabbie survived, and he said this about the incident:
I feel very sad. I have been here more than 25 years. I have been driving a taxi more than 15 years. All my four kids were born here. I never feel this hopeless and insecure before. Right now, the public sentiment is very serious (because of the Ground Zero Mosque debate.) All drivers should be more careful.
Indeed, they should. Here’s a list of the politicians who, by their demagoguery on the so-called ground zero mosque, have made so many Muslim Americans feel like second class citizens in their own country, “hopeless and insecure”:
- Sarah Palin
- Newt Gingrich
- Tim Pawlenty
- Mitt Romney
- Mike Huckabee
And they’re all running for president, aren’t they? Below Politico summarizes some of their key ground zero mosque comments. Collectively, the comments constitute a rather nice sampling of contemporary Herderite political sentiment:
The GOP’s likely presidential candidates drew a spectrum of shades of opposition but not a single one-sided with Bloomberg in backing the mosque on the grounds of private property and religious freedom.
“Ground zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts,” wrote Palin on July 18, calling on “peaceful Muslims” to “refudiate” it.
“There should be no mosque near ground zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia,” wrote former House Speaker Newt Gingrich a day later.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, though he represents a relatively heavily Muslim state, rebuffed pleas from local Muslim leaders to back off his suggestion that the mosque would “degrade and disrespect” the Trade Center site. A spokesman for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney cited both “the wishes of the families of the deceased and the potential for extremists to use the mosque for global recruiting and propaganda” in opposing it.
But it was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee who seemed to fit the issue most clearly into a recognizable political category of culture war.
“Is it just that we can offend Americans and Christians, but not foreigners and Muslims?” he asked.
Don’t you wish we had a Jeffersonian politician committed to the Enlightenment as president?