Tom McLaughlin

A former history teacher, Tom is a columnist who lives in Lovell, Maine. His column is published in Maine and New Hampshire newspapers and on numerous web sites. Email: tomthemick@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Multicultural Follies

“Nothing to do with Islam.”
That’s what our political leaders keep telling us when radical Muslims enslave, rape, crucify, behead, and otherwise slaughter people by the thousands all over the world. It has nothing to do with Islam.
Teaching in public school a few years ago, I showed students pictures of burning cars in France. French media said it was exuberant “youths” torching the cars — well over a thousand vehicles in one night. NBC News also called them “youths.” French and American media both averted their eyes from the plain truth that youths burning cars all over France were Muslim.

Reuters said only 1137 cars were burned on New Year’s Eve in 2009, while 1147 had been torched the year before. Responding to what it called, “another wave of reader complaints that we don’t brand these arsonists as Muslims,” Reuters explained: “Sure, there were Muslims among them — but there were non-Muslims as well. What value do we add to a news story by using a questionable religious label to describe a political and socio-economic phenomenon?” Nothing to do with Islam. The arsonists were victims of western capitalist greed, they suggest.
When my students asked why media refused to call the “youths” Muslims, I told them it went against their cherished concept of “Multiculturalism.” They looked at me with blank faces, having no idea what multiculturalism was. I told them to look it up on their laptops.

Some recited the Wikipedia definition, which said: “Multiculturalism refers to the historical evolution of cultural diversity within a jurisdiction, incarnated by its selection policies and institutionalized by its settlement policies.”
“Okay now?” I said. That should clear it up.” Some laughed. Most remained confused.

“Countries in Europe have formed into something called the ‘European Union,’” I explained, “kind of a United States of Europe. Elite EU leaders made ‘multiculturalism’ one of their founding principles, and it basically means that all cultures are equal. No culture or religion is any better or any worse than any other. They’re all the same.”
Then I explained how Muslim imams were like priests of Islam, and when many encouraged Muslims in the mosques to kill the rest of us, that made it hard for European leaders to continue insisting that Islam was no worse than any other religion. So what do European leaders do in the face of Muslim violence? “They pretend it isn’t happening, that’s what. Don’t call the arsonists Muslims. They’re just ‘youths’ getting a little rambunctious.”
More than forty thousand cars are torched in France every year. Nothing to do with Islam, though.

Then I showed them media accounts of how radical Muslim US Army Colonel Nidal Hasan shot forty-three American soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas while shouting “Allahu Akbar!” I told them Obama Administration officials insisted the shootings had nothing to do with Islam. The president said: “Well, look, we -- we have seen, in the past, rampages of this sort. And in a country of 300 million people, there are going to be acts of violence that are inexplicable.”
I told them how the Pentagon investigated and published an 86-page report that never mentioned jihad, Muslim, Islam, or Koran. My students knew what all those words meant. Ultimately Obama’s Department of Homeland Security explained the Fort Hood shooting as “Workplace violence.”

Nothing to do with Islam.
Muslims believe Mohammed was “The Prophet” of Islam and the “Hadith” is an ancient record of Mohammed’s sayings, secondary only to the Koran. The Hadith prohibits making images of Mohammed. Radical Muslims kill people who draw cartoons of Mohammed, but President Obama and socialist French President Hollande insist those killings have nothing to do with Islam.
When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) murders thousands of Iraqis and Syrians in the name of Islam, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, and Attorney General Eric Holder maintain it has nothing to do with Islam. When Islamic terrorists from al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and al Shebaab torture and murder thousands of people across Africa and the Middle East in the name of Islam, our leaders assert it has nothing to do with Islam.
When the Koran, the holy book of Islam, instructs Muslims: “…cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them,” it has nothing to do with Islam. So what if there are over 100 sections of the Koran encouraging followers to commit violence against non-believers? If our leaders are right, we must conclude that the Koran has nothing to do with Islam.

Get it? The teachings of Mohammed — the Prophet of Islam, the teachings in the Koran — the holy book of Islam, the teachings of imams in the mosques of Islam, and the actions of millions of Muslims around the world — have nothing to do with Islam.

Islam is a religion of peace. If not, multiculturalism would be seen as a fraud, and we can’t have that.

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29 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/19/us/new-hampshire-pumpkin-festival-riot/

Just some Christian extremist rioters, exhibiting their hate of America and order.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/riot-cops-use-tear-gas-columbus-crowds-after-ohio-state-n284976

Those damn Christians at it again!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/riots-erupt-in-vancouver-after-canucks-loss-1.993707

When will they stop and respect the rights of others? And these are even Canadians, who are supposed to be polite!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/san-francisco-giants-fans-riot-world-series-win-gallery-1.1992930

This is a country-wide epidemic of Christian thugs.

1/27/15, 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Texas Transplant said...

Tom: You have hit the nail squarely on the head once more. How long will the media throughout the world persist in their denial of what is patently obvious?

1/27/15, 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really spoke such nonsense to your students, then thank god you are out of public education. You are truly a vile and despicable bigot.

1/27/15, 10:12 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

If you didn't like this column, you're going to hate my book.

1/28/15, 10:00 AM  
Anonymous vetman101 said...

Sign me up for your book

1/28/15, 11:01 AM  
OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 said...

OK, fairly good explanation, with citations, of "The A B Cs" concerning this "new" phenomenon.
When do you get to the part about
"Well, it's complicated!!"?
Oh, wait.....
I don't "endorse" it, other than my ex libris, as ONE "source" granted a "stay" from a recent culling of an astonishing amount of multi subject dreck
from MY personal library:
Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
Islam and the (US) Founders
(associate professor)Denise A. Spellberg 2013
Knopf. 978-0-307-26822-8

CaptDMO

1/28/15, 11:21 AM  
OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 said...

http://hotair.com/archives/2015/01/27/quotes-of-the-day-1980/comment-page-2/#comment-9091599

From a Hot Air comments entry.
Kinda' long list of citations.
I apologize if there's no auto-hyperlink here!

CaptDMO

1/28/15, 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what the fuck would you do Tom , declare jihad on Islam? You want us to stoop to their level? What do you want us to do? Answer and/or shut up. The country air is shrinking your brain.

1/28/15, 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Mike LeBlanc said...

Don't you really admire the bravery shown by the Anonymous-s here? They hide behind their screen-names like ISIS savages behind their masks, even believing that juvenile swearing makes their silly comments more .. um .. relevant. Quoting Bobby Jindal, well known southern racist and hate monger, from 1/27/15:

“One of the great things about America is it doesn’t matter if you’ve been here five minutes or a hundred years, we have folks that come here, want to be Americans. They join our military, they start companies, they work to create a better community. And that’s wonderful. What’s not acceptable is people that want to come and conquer us. That’s not immigration, by the way, that’s colonization. If someone wants to come here and change our fundamental culture and our values. If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values that’s not immigration, that’s really invasion — if you’re honest about it."

It's amazing how many Americans have dropped all pretense of honesty.

1/29/15, 7:16 AM  
Blogger Mike Corthell said...

Hi Tom,

Well done! I posted a link on https://www.facebook.com/FryeburgFriends

Mike Corthell, Editor
Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

1/29/15, 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Fox News sheep neoconservatives have tried to paint terrorism as a largely or exclusively Islamic phenomenon. Their message of Islamophobia has been repeated many times since the George W. Bush era: Islam is inherently violent, Christianity is inherently peaceful, and there is no such thing as a Christian terrorist or a white male terrorist. But the facts don’t bear that out. Far-right white male radicals and extreme Christianists are every bit as capable of acts of terrorism as radical Islamists, and to pretend that such terrorists don’t exist does the public a huge disservice. Many terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who were neither Muslims nor dark-skinned.
When white males of the far right carry out violent attacks, neocons and Republicans typically describe them as lone-wolf extremists rather than people who are part of terrorist networks or well-organized terrorist movements. Yet many of the terrorist attacks in the United States have been carried out by people who had long histories of networking with other terrorists. In fact, most of the terrorist activity occurring in the United States in recent years has not come from Muslims, but from a combination of radical Christianists, white supremacists and far-right militia groups.
Below are 10 of the worst examples of non-Islamic terrorism that have occurred in the United States in the last 30 years.

1. Wisconsin Sikh Temple massacre, Aug. 5, 2012. The virulent, neocon-fueled Islamophobia that has plagued post-9/11 America has not only posed a threat to Muslims, it has had deadly consequences for people of other faiths, including Sikhs. But to a racist, a bearded Sikh looks like a Muslim. On Aug. 5, 2012, white supremacist Wade Michael Page used a semiautomatic weapon to murder six people during an attack on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page’s connection to the white supremacist movement was well-documented: he had been a member of the neo-Nazi rock bands End Empathy and Definite Hate. Attorney General Eric Holder described the attack as “an act of terrorism, an act of hatred.” It was good to see the nation’s top cop acknowledge that terrorist acts can, in fact, involve white males murdering people of color.

2. The murder of Dr. George Tiller, May 31, 2009. Imagine that a physician had been the victim of an attempted assassination by an Islamic jihadist in 1993, and received numerous death threats from al-Qaeda after that, before being murdered by an al-Qaeda member. Neocons, Fox News and the Christian Right would have had a field day. A physician was the victim of a terrorist killing that day, but neither the terrorist nor the people who inflamed the terrorist were Muslims. Dr. George Tiller, who was shot and killed by anti-abortion terrorist Scott Roeder on May 31, 2009, was a victim of Christian Right terrorism, not al-Qaeda.

3. Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church shooting, July 27, 2008. On July 27, 2008, Christian Right sympathizer Jim David Adkisson walked into the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee during a children’s play and began shooting people at random. Two were killed, while seven others were injured but survived. Adkisson said he was motivated by a hatred of liberals, Democrats and gays.

4. The murder of Dr. John Britton, July 29, 1994. To hear the Christian Right tell it, there is no such thing as Christian terrorism. Tell that to the victims of the Army of God, a loose network of radical Christianists with a long history of terrorist attacks on abortion providers. One Christian Right terrorist with ties to the Army of God was Paul Jennings Hill, who was executed by lethal injection on Sept. 3, 2003 for the murders of abortion doctor John Britton and his bodyguard James Barrett. Hill shot both of them in cold blood and expressed no remorse whatsoever; he insisted he was doing’s God’s work and has been exalted as a martyr by the Army of God.

Too much Christian terrorism for one post....to be continued...

1/30/15, 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

More Christian Terrorism:


6. The murder of Barnett Slepian byJames Charles Kopp, Oct. 23, 1998. Like Paul Jennings Hill, Eric Rudolph and Scott Roeder, James Charles Kopp is a radical Christian terrorist who has been exalted as a hero by the Army of God. On Oct. 23, 1998 Kopp fired a single shot into the Amherst, NY home of Barnett Slepian (a doctor who performed abortions), mortally wounding him.

7. Planned Parenthood bombing, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1994. Seldom has the term “Christian terrorist” been used in connection with John C. Salvi on AM talk radio or at Fox News, but it’s a term that easily applies to him. In 1994, the radical anti-abortionist and Army of God member attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts, shooting and killing receptionists Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols and wounding several others. Salvi was found dead in his prison cell in 1996, and his death was ruled a suicide. The Army of God has exalted Salvi as a Christian martyr and described Lowney and Nichols not as victims of domestic terrorism, but as infidels who got what they deserved.

8. Suicide attack on IRS building in Austin, Texas, Feb. 18, 2010. When Joseph Stack flew a plane into the Echelon office complex (where an IRS office was located), Fox News’ coverage of the incident was calm and matter-of-fact. Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa seemed to find the attack amusing and joked that it could have been avoided if the federal government had followed his advice and abolished the IRS. Nonetheless, there were two fatalities: Stack and IRS employee Vernon Hunter.

9. The murder of Alan Berg, June 18, 1984. One of the most absurd claims some Republicans have made about white supremacists is that they are liberals and progressives. That claim is especially ludicrous in light of the terrorist killing of liberal Denver-based talk show host Alan Berg, a critic of white supremacists who was killed with an automatic weapon on June 18, 1984. The killing was linked to members of the Order, a white supremacist group that had marked Berg for death. Order members David Lane (a former Ku Klux Klan member who had also been active in the Aryan Nations) and Bruce Pierce were both convicted in federal court on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and violating Berg’s civil rights and given what amounted to life sentences.

10. Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, April 19, 1995. Neocons and Republicans grow angry and uncomfortable whenever Timothy McVeigh is cited as an example of a non-Islamic terrorist. Pointing out that a non-Muslim white male carried out an attack as vicious and deadly as the Oklahoma City bombing doesn’t fit into their narrative that only Muslims and people of color are capable of carrying out terrorist attacks. Prior to the al-Qaeda attacks of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing McVeigh orchestrated was the most deadly terrorist attack in U.S. history: 168 people were killed and more than 600 were injured. When McVeigh drove a truck filled with explosives into the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, his goal was to kill as many people as possible. Clearly, McVeigh was not motivated by radical Islam; rather, he was motivated by an extreme hatred for the U.S. government and saw the attack as revenge for the Ruby Ridge incident of 1992 and the Waco Siege in 1993. He had white supremacist leanings as well (when he was in the U.S. Army, McVeigh was reprimanded for wearing a “white power” T-shirt he had bought at a KKK demonstration).

1/30/15, 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Of course there are plenty of Christian terrorists, they are simple getting inspiration from their bible:

1 Samuel 15:3,8
Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.' " … He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.(NIV)

1. Hosea 13:16
Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open

1/30/15, 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christianity obviously has nothing to do with Christianity.

1/30/15, 2:52 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Okay, okay. You guys are right. I'll have to relent and admit that only about 98% of terrorist acts around the world are committed by Muslims here in the 21st century.

People get too upset when they rape and crucify and behead people. It's part of their culture. For them it's okay because they were raised that way.

And you're right about those pesky Jews Samuel talked about in 1000 BC. They were nasty.

And those Christian Crusaders were nasty too. Why did they take it so personally when Muslims invaded the Iberian peninsula and the Balkans? Did they really have to go down there and take over Jerusalem? They could have negotiated like Obama and Kerry are doing now with Iran.

Jeez.

1/30/15, 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Rick M. said...

Ah, poor Tom, once agin caught in the trap of having his die hard beliefs not backed up by reality. Just like with global warming, the evidence just ain’t with you, pal.
In the Boston Marathon year of 2013 you were more likely to die by getting shot by a toddler (5 deaths), then by an Islamic terrorist (3 deaths) in the USA. How about around the world?
According to the European Union Police Office, or Europol, the percentage of terror attacks motivated by religious extremism within the EU over the last five years is very small, somewhere south of 2 percent]; and the number in the United States is only slightly larger.

And if you don’t trust Europol, check out the CIA statistics at:
“All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t”

Open up the old closed mind, Tom. Join reality.

1/30/15, 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Racism trumps facts every time.

1/30/15, 4:27 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Both Bush and, to a much larger extent, Obama, have purged their documents of references to Islam, Muslim, Sharia, etc. So has the EU. Statistics from their archives are meaningless in light of their multicultural blinders. Honor killings, for example don't show up as Muslim.

And it's not just deaths. Check out statistics from Sweden, Denmark, Holland, the UK, France, etc. on rape. That crime has skyrocketed in cities like Malmo with high concentrations of Muslim immigrants, to cite just one example. Muslim men consider women who dress provocatively (which among Muslim men has a very low bar) as deserving rape.

The EU multicultis cover that up too though, just as they do car burnings. And check out why Jews are leaving France. Again, Muslim terrorism.

None of this shows up in the skewed statistics you cite. I could go on, but I have other work to do - my book, which I'm sure you won't like.

1/31/15, 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I see Tom. THe CIA and the rest of the world do not give facts that fit your narrow, closed mind so they must be all wrong. Got ya, little genius man! If you say Muslims are what is wrong with the world, who is to argue with you? As a matter of fact, the burger I got last night was way overcooked. Damned Muslims!

Now back to your "book". I'm sure it will be as funny as Colberts "I am America…".

Ignorance Trumps ALL!!!

2/1/15, 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It used to be the "drakes" and the negroes that were the scapegoat of all ignorant bozos, but that crap doesn't fly so much anymore, so the cretins have moved on to a new scapegoat. Interesting psychology involved in certain people's need to feel superior to others. Poor white southerners avoided feeling like they were at the bottom of society by mistreating blacks. Now poor saps like Tom carry on the tradition. I wonder if they can come up with a new fashion to take place of the white sheeted hood, so they can get together and feel cool and superior.

2/1/15, 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Eric said...

It never fails…when Tom gets blasted by reality and has no rational argument at all, he suddenly get's "busy" and has to work on his book.

Hee hee.

2/1/15, 11:16 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Democrat Tourette's symptoms on display above: "Racism! Racism!"

They can't help it. It's a disease.

2/1/15, 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Tom, the disease is racism itself.

But the REAL disease is ignoring facts and reality that go against what you want to believe. A disease of little men.

2/1/15, 6:23 PM  
OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 said...

"Democrat Tourette's symptoms.."?
Disagree.
But they ARE symptoms of folks whose maladies have been outlined by the APA, (often "revised" to ameliorate "less than perfect" egos and ids), and "observed" by
writers of stories for 'children" (Aesop, Grimm, et al.), and "humor" thinly veiled as social commentary (Shakespeare, Chaucer, et al.) LONG before "gets along with others" was a check box on (previously voluntary)kindergarten report cards.
It's just that the only "party" such folk can find solace HAPPENS to be the Democrat one.
"History" has shown us the "promises" put fourth by such folks to address and "repair" the issues exacerbated by the "solutions" of their "like minded" predecessors.
I suspect that is was NOT "progressives", of the era's "Can't we all just get along", and subsequent "Oh, but not in MY back yard" (Bell on the cat"?) that actually donned the uniform of armor and a Maltese Cross surcoat, nor the original US Marine Corp.
ALWAYS the "tell", Strawman, ad homonym, non sequitur, (OK, I'm bad with that too), and egregious malapropism "defended" as "useage".
FAR more generous of you, than I, to tolerate it. Suitability and character for years of (actual)repeated classroom patience with adolescent minds I suspect.

Keep hammerin'
CaptDMO

2/2/15, 7:40 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

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2/2/15, 9:43 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Do you read the articles you link? In order to prove the media is sanitizing Muslim references from their reporting, you have to show proof that Muslims accounted for the majority of the arsons, and none of the articles do that.
The second Reuters article you linked and an article linked to it explain why Muslims weren’t identified. “We mention race and religion in Reuters news stories when they are relevant to the event being covered.
When Muslims marched in Paris demanding the end to a ban on headscarves in public schools, we called them Muslim protesters. When French Muslim Council members speak out on an issue, we call them Muslim leaders. These people are speaking as Muslims, so we identify them as such. They also have other identities — they may be French or foreign citizens, male or female, football fans or music lovers — but these other identities would be irrelevant to a story about Muslim issues. Young men, often hooded, roamed the suburbs at night and firebombed cars, dumpsters and a library. They did not shout Muslim demands, spray Muslim graffiti or wear the trademark beards and baggy pants of a salafi. They did not gather at mosques or shout ‘Allah-o-akbar!’ They avoided journalists, presumably seeing them as part of ‘the system’ that they oppose, and made no demands related to Islam. When those detained were questioned by police, they were not asked about their religion or ethnic identity — that’s not allowed in France.”
“The idea that we want to ‘protect’ Muslims from bad publicity hardly holds water when you go back through some stories and posts the Paris bureau has done. On this blog alone, we’ve had posts about a French Muslim football team refusing to play gays, the problem of forced marriages in the Muslim community, a Muslim man who divorced his new wife for not being a virgin, the failures of the French Muslim Council or cases when Muslim men forbid doctors to treat their wives. If the Muslim angle is relevant, we mention it.”

You wrote “The arsonists were victims of western capitalist greed, they suggest.” Are you referring to the estimate that 20% of the car fires were started by gangs who were paid to light them so the owners could collect the insurance claim? That doesn’t make them victims, and the author didn’t suggest that. That’s your own creative interpretation.

Political opportunists mischaracterized the government’s report on the Fort Hood massacre since its publication. The purpose of the report was to educate those in the military of the signs of a soldier’s evolving radicalization. A soldier can be radicalized to any end. Timothy McVeigh taught us that. The report doesn’t mention Islam once, but references “radical” and “radicalization” 24 times. Hassan isn’t mentioned by name, but rather as the alleged perpetrator. The report was written to identify common signs of disaffected soldiers who might have a growing penchant for violence. It’s in the title of the report, “Protecting the Force: Lessons from Fort Hood.”
Esquire magazine published a substantial article in the wake of the shooting. While violent crime is up 22% in Kileen, TX, home to Fort Hood – the largest base in the U.S. – crime is down 7% in towns comparable in size. Crimes include soldier suicide, killing other soldiers and a 75% increase in domestic violence since 2001.
The Military had a choice of using the report as a learning manual to help identify those who might become violent or turn it into an 86-page screed against radical Islam that would have accomplished nothing. They made the smarter choice.

2/2/15, 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Rick said...

Hmmmm, seems Tom has no response to a rational post like Steve's. Not surprising. When trapped Tom is one who silently cowers in surrender.

2/3/15, 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

It was nice to see Tom get ripped and exposed for a fraud by Peter Hustons letter to the Daily Sun yesterday! He made a great point about Chicken Littles who run around squacking about an issue that causes WAY, WAY few lives than alcohol or gun deaths (hmmm, why so silent about that?). As Peter said:

"Why do conservatives always play right into the enemies hands? You want to give terrorists the credence they seek? I'm glad Obama is too smart for that."

They are playing Tom like a fiddle though.

2/4/15, 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But I bet you cheered like a true believer when Tim McVeigh blew up a federal building. And I bet you said a prayer of thanksgiving when adkisson attacked the unitarian church. Bet you and son black have some great conversations as well. Have you started a chapter of the covenant,sword and arm of the lord? Or is membership in the order enough for you?

5/11/15, 2:25 AM  

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