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, March 22, 2016

Brussels Has Nothing To Do With Islam

Let’s hope this latest terrorist attack doesn’t distract Belgians and the rest of us from what the real problem is: climate change. President Obama and Secretary Kerry are thoroughly convinced of this as they reminded the whole world right after the Paris attacks a few months ago. President Obama should not cut his Cuban trip short either. He can just hold another press conference there with Raoul Castro using the Che Guevara memorial as a backdrop and remind people that the Brussels attack has nothing to do with Islam. What happened in Brussels is just another incident of workplace violence, or man-caused disaster.
And he shouldn’t go over there to Belgium either. He can send Secretary of State John Kerry again, and, hopefully, Kerry can persuade his friend James Taylor to accompany him and do another rendition of “You’ve Got A Friend.” That should be more than enough. Wait, there he is on television in Havana as I write this. He’s promising the help of the United States to “bring the terrorists to justice.” That should boost Belgian confidence. I mean look, he promised he wouldn’t rest until he brought the Benghazi attackers to justice and it took less than two years to arrest Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind. At that rate, we should have all of them in custody by, say, 2078 or so.
And President Obama was again careful not to say Islam and terrorism in the same sentence because we know terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. He didn’t mention Islam at all, which is good considering that doing so might threaten the progress of multiculturalism in Europe. There are lots of right-wing whackos in Germany, Denmark, Holland, the UK, and other places who want to stop Muslim refugees from coming into Europe by the millions. Suggesting there might be some connection between the Brussels attack and Islam would only encourage them.
And, more Americans might get worried about Muslim refugees coming into the United States, too, if we connect Islam and terrorism. They might even vote for Donald Trump! People might start to doubt the benefits of diversity and multiculturalism over here too, especially if right-wing whackos in the United States suggest that the Koran exhorts its followers to kill infidels. Those Koranic passages have nothing to do with Islam.
All cultures are equal! Multicultural scholars tell us so over and over and they’re very highly educated, teaching at our best colleges and universities. If Islam insists women are inferior to men and cannot leave their house unless they’re in the company of an adult male relative, that’s fine. If they want to throw homosexuals from tall buildings or drop stone walls on them, that’s their culture and we shouldn’t judge. If Muslim migrants in Europe want to grope hundreds of German women during a New Year’s Eve celebration, it isn’t their fault. They believe it’s okay, so we shouldn’t make a big deal out of it. If Swedish women want to go around wearing dresses or tank tops, they should understand that Muslim refugees might not be able to control themselves. We cannot blame Muslim men for raping them. They were raised to think it’s all right, and who are we to say they’re wrong?
At a time like this, we would do well to remember what President Obama’s Army Chief of Staff said after the workplace violence at Fort Hood: “As great a tragedy as this was [shooting of more than 40 soldiers], it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”

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23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top notch, Spot on!!!!!
Let the chips fall where they may. If this makes me an Islamophobe, so be it.

Paul

3/22/16, 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Climate change is way, way, WAY, more harmful than terrorism:

Twenty governments commissioned an independent report in 2012 from the group DARA International to study the human and economic costs of climate change. It linked 400,000 deaths worldwide to climate change each year, projecting deaths to increase to over 600,000 per year by 2030. When scientists attribute deaths to climate change, they don't just mean succumbing to a heat wave or, as Huckabee put it, to sunburn. Heat waves kill many, to be sure, but global warming also devastates food security, nutrition, and water safety. Since mosquitoes and other pests thrive in hot, humid weather, scientists expect diseases like malaria and dengue fever to rise. Floods threaten to contaminate drinking water with bacteria and pollution.

https://newrepublic.com/article/121032/map-climate-change-kills-more-people-worldwide-terrorism

Other things that cause more deaths than Islamic terrorism:

Television: the devices themselves kill 176 people a year. Literally. They fall on people. That’s 55 times more deaths than Islamic terror claims annually.

Cows: Yes, cows. According to the CDC, cattle slay an average of 20 Americans every year. While these deaths occur mostly among farm workers, dogs kill 28 Americans per year, spiders kill seven, and venomous lizards and snakes kill six. All of these animals are still more likely to kill an American than the Islamic boogeymen.

Lightning: People often quip that one is “more likely to be struck by lightning” when they want to highlight an event’s improbability. However, even as the number of deaths from lightning decreases over the long-term, it is still higher than the number of people killed by Muslim terror attacks each year. Forty-nine people per year die from being struck by lightning — more than 15 times the rate of death from Islamic extremist murders.

And I could go on and on....

3/22/16, 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“I am not terrified of the terrorists; i.e., I am not, myself, terrorized. Rather, I am terrified of the terrorized; terrified of the bovine masses who are so easily manipulated by terrorists, governments, and the terror-amplifying media into allowing our country to slip toward totalitarianism and total war.” – Dan Sanchez

3/22/16, 3:31 PM  
Anonymous La Verdad said...

Tom (obnoxiously) says" that Obama will "remind people that the Brussels attack has nothing to do with Islam."

Snap out of your fantasy world and join humanity. Obama called the attacks terrorism, going on to say"

"The notion that any political agenda would justify the killing of innocent people like this is something that's beyond the pale. We are gonna continue with the over 60 nations that are pounding ISIL, and we're going to go after them,”

Does ISIL have nothing to do with Islam, Tom? Try researching before spewing. Or would facts and the truth just get in the way of your sophmoric rants?

Obama also said that disruption is what the terrorists are after. Sending the US President running would be playing right into their hands.

Shrill shouts and accusations from the Far Right are examples of petty partisanship....taking advantage of disaster to make inane digs.

3/22/16, 4:30 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

The September 11, 2014 Washington Post says about Obama:

"While announcing that he's expanding the campaign against the Islamic State extremist group into Syria, Obama said flatly that this group, which is trying to install a caliphate in the Middle East, 'is not Islamic.' He didn't say they are perverting their religion; he said they're not even part of that religion."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/09/11/obama-says-the-islamic-state-is-not-islamic-americans-are-inclined-to-disagree/

Hillary made the same claim last November: "Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.”

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/427444/hillary-clinton-islam-comments-terrorism

3/22/16, 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the cartoon depicting dark skinned muslims raping a bone light skinned female is just about the most outright racist thing I have seen in years. Incredible how far right web sites are successful at creating this fear, still today, of darkies attacking our fair women. Eaten up by racist dopes like Tom. Oslo Police study found that most rapes in Norway are carried out by men of Norwegian and European background. More importantly, the evidence shows that there is no link between ethnicity, culture or religion and propensity to carry out rapes or sexual assaults. Can you show me evidence that this is not the case everywhere else? Thank god Tom lives in lilly white Maine where the gigabit can't get his women. What a cretin.

3/22/16, 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny....auto correct turned jigaboo into gigabite.

3/22/16, 6:41 PM  
Anonymous La Verdad said...


Well, Tom...are the abortion terrorists part of your religion? Timothy McVeigh? The KKK part of your religion?

FACT: Christian right-wing terrorists in America have killed more people since 9/11 than Muslim terrorists have.

The outpouring of blatant Islamophobia and barely disguised racism coming from the right-wing is utterly despicable. Every time one of these attacks happen, conservatives insist on blaming the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims for their complicity, even though the majority of terrorist attacks are carried out against other Muslims. Christian right-wing terrorists in America have killed more people since 9/11 than Muslim terrorists have.

How about Jim David Adkisson, a devout Christian and anti-abortion right-winger, who walked into a Knoxville church on July 27th, 2008, and began firing a shotgun at children who were performing Annie Jr. He killed two and wounded seven, targeting “the church because of its liberal teachings and his belief that all liberals should be killed because they were ruining the country.”

According to the National Abortion Federation, there have been 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault or battery, 13 wounded, 100 butyric acid attacks, 373 physical invasions, 41 bombings, 655 anthrax threats, and 3 kidnappings committed against abortion providers since 1977. Terrorist groups like the Taliban and ISIS are very fond of acid attacks and chemical weapons like anthrax; apparently Christian right-wing terrorists share that same preference.


The church shooter in S. Coarolina may have been influenced by a McLaughlin-like cartoon about rape, yelling "You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” Roof was a member of a local Lutheran church, yet somehow his baptism didn’t prevent him from gunning down innocent people in a house of worship, defiling a sacred place with hate and murder.

Should these types of crimes and terrorism be labeled Christian Terrorism, like Islamic terrorism. Tough question....the type you run and hide from.

3/22/16, 6:59 PM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/11/video-all-rapes-in-oslo-norway-are-by-immigrants/

http://dailycaller.com/2015/12/20/report-norway-is-offering-classes-to-teach-muslim-immigrants-not-to-rape/

3/22/16, 7:26 PM  
Blogger Stopp Planned Parenthood of Connecticut said...

'That's there culture and we shouldn't judge. (just accept) and don't react with violence right? Violence is never justified unless you're fighting for God. Women need to be protected and a man punching or God forbid raping a women should be brought to justice and not ignored for Islam's sake.

3/22/16, 8:10 PM  
Anonymous La Verdad said...

Tom, do you just automatically buy, hook, line and sinker, everything you read on far right partisan sites? Are you really unaware that they get views (money) by being inflammatory and outlandish? That they write what they know their audience wants to hear? (Oh wait...that's what YOU are trying to do?)

Investigate yourself and you'll find that this piece was based on a 2010 report by the Oslo Police District that showed that for all types of rape, except assault rape, European perpetrators were in the majority, and they were mostly Norwegian. Assault rapes accounted for only 5 cases, which were indeed committed by Muslims. In other words, to get people like you so hyped up that you would display anti-muslim rape cartoons, they cherry-picked through categories of rape in order to come up with this minuscule stat that to the willfully ignorant "proves" that all rapists are Muslim...and probably in your minds that all Muslims are rapists (besides being, of course, all murdering terrorists).

How about this equally valid "fact", then Tom: ALL people that shotgun people to death in churches are Christians.

And how entertaining to follow how the conservative game of "telephone" news works. Take a piece from the NY Times which talks about how migrants that come from countries even more sexist than our own, are given the chance to take courses on the sexual norms and social codes of Europe, and then was turned into "muslims immigrants being trained not to rape" by the right wing "daily Caller", and then being offered as some sort of...what, "evidence"? by Tom in the defense of his racist cartoon. What won't you cheapen and use for your political purposes (besides terror and rape)?

Oh, and as suspected....a cowardly hiding from the tough questions asked.

3/22/16, 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cartoon about the eye-test and the beheading of non-believers is almost exactly the same as another cartoon with a christian giving the same answer at an eye-test in which the chart reads:

If your very own daughter says “Let us go and worship other gods, then stone her to death"



Humor is the universal language, I guess.

3/23/16, 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's pre-empt Tom's cop-out about the old testament:

There are numerous reasons the “But It’s Just the Old Testament!” Defense doesn’t do the trick:

1) There is no explicit or categorical textual proof from the New Testament that supports the idea that the Old Testament (or the Law) “doesn’t count”. For every verse cited to prove such a claim, there is another that can be cited for the opposite view. In fact, it seems that the textual proof for the opposite view is greater, even overwhelming. For example, Jesus says in the Gospels:

Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

5:18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

5:19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

And Jesus also said:

Luke 16:17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for one dot of the Law to become void.

3/23/16, 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think another similar cartoon to the rape one comes from old KKK literature from the 50's. Evolution is working slowly for some.

3/24/16, 10:05 AM  
Anonymous La Verdad said...

Couldn't wait to move on to a new column after that beat down, eh?

Run and hide from the tough questions as the spineless tend to do!

3/24/16, 4:39 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I don’t think it matters if Islam is considered a violent religion or a peaceful one. With the vast majority of Muslims practicing it peacefully, what does it matter? The old and new testaments are loaded with violent encouragements, but the majority of Jews and Christians practice the religions peacefully. Anyone can pervert anything to justify godless acts against others. But we can’t just lump all Muslims together under the assumption they’re all either violent terrorists or simply terrorists in the larval stage.
http://www.npr.org/2016/03/10/469788154/why-the-lessons-of-muhammad-really-really-matter-today?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160310
This article is about a TN Islamic scholar who encourages peace among the young congregants in his mosque.
http://tpr.org/post/texas-muslims-edge-amid-protests-contest-attack#stream/0
This article is about local Muslim leaders discouraging people from protesting Pam Geller’s 2015 Garland, TX convention to draw cartoons of Mohammed. Yes, two people tried to attack the convention. With a Muslim population of 422,000 in TX, that means 99.999996% of Texas Muslims didn’t participate in the attack.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/muslim-clerics-condemn-terrorism_us_566adfa1e4b009377b249dea. This article is about 70,000 Muslim clerics – Sunnis no less – denouncing terrorism.
These articles illustrate examples of Muslims demonstrably encouraging peace among their faithful. If we begin a campaign of assuming they’re all just waiting to become jihadists, how long will it be before their encouragements of peace become encouragements of violence? Cruz’s beautifully poetic nomenclature of “securing” Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. is just one step towards the assumption that all Muslims are either fully formed jihadists or jihadists in training.
The reality is, if we don’t attempt to separate mainstream Muslims from those who are violent jihadists, then we have to accept at some point we will be at war with the entire Muslim faith, which constitutes one-fifths of the Earth’s population. That’s a frightening thought.

3/24/16, 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Sam said...

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this is yet another Israeli/ Mossad and co. Operation. The plan is for a greater Israel and the spread of islamaphobia via false flag and staged "terror" is how they operate. In fact, mossads motto, wage war by deception.
So let's keep supporting Israel, let's keep letting this little racist country continue its genocide against the Palestinians. We will keep pretending that Palestine is an actual threat so as to justify the genocide, no matter they haven't an army, air force or navy. They do have some rockets that don't have explosives attached. And they have the gall to want to live! And on their own land! The bastards.
Turkey and Israel and Saudi Arabia are Isis. Period.
We have a Zionist owned press pushing lies and propaganda. The truth is out there.
I often wonder how a people who make up less than two percent of the US population can have so much control. AIPAC essentially owns congress and freshman congressman are pressured to pledge support or else. Netanyahu made an uninvited speech in DC and instead of outrage the spineless tractors gave him standing ovation after standing ovation. And what about the nuclear non proliferation treaty? They refuse to sign it!! Connect the legal dots on that one. Funny how we pledge allegiance to Israel and forgot our own country. Again, less than two percent of the population...Pathetic. How many of your sons and daughters have died for a greater Israel in "wars" built on lies, oops, I mean how many of your sons and daughters have fought and died fighting that never ending "terrorism" threat. Funny they don't fight isn't it? Funny they haven't been attacked by Isis. Well they are buying Isis oil. But never mind that remember the holocaust!!!

3/26/16, 9:25 AM  
Blogger Tom McLaughlin said...

Do you represent Hamas?

3/28/16, 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Uncle Sam said...

I represent the truth, not Hamas.
It's documented fact that Israel has been helping Isis wounded , and buying Isis oil. Sorry it doesn't fit the narrative.
And as far as the military aide we give them it is indeed an illegal act based on their non compliance in signing the non proliferation treaty.
We are talking hundreds of nukes that Israel refuses to admit they even have!!
And AIPAC? That they can exist and exert their very real and very heavy influence and not register as a foreign agent is absurd. Ask Cynthia McKinney about what AIPAC makes members of congress do. Shameful.
Zionists claim openly that they own our media. Go ahead and google that one.
Please feel free to address these issues. Or, just call me an anti Semite and move on ( the likely path).
Did you not see trump and Clinton grovel long to AIPAC last week?! Embarrassing. Ever ask yourself why our representatives and presidents and presidential candidates have to kiss their ass? Or how someone like Netanyahu can waltz, uninvited, into d.c. And address outer congress!! If that doesn't anger you and embarrass you I don't think you much of an American. (Ask yourself what you would do if any other leader in the world pulled such a stunt).

These are very real very pertinent issues. The quicker we ditch Israel and focus on the USA the better off we all are.
People all'over the wold wonder how we, the United States, take orders from such a racist little nation. It truly is amazing.

3/28/16, 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Kevin Barrett, an author and Middle East expert in Madison, and Maxine Dovere, a journalist and political commentator in New York, to discuss the influence of the Israel lobby in the United States.

Barrett says all major corridors of power in the United States are completely under the domination of a “genocidal” foreign entity called Israel.

He also noted that the economic and political elite of the Jewish Zionist community has a “death-grip”on power in the US.

“There is a total domination of money, the political system, the economic system, the educational system and of course the media, all of this is being strangled by the Zionist death-grip on the United States,” he states.

The expert further argues that the United States is being destroyed by Israel, adding that it has cost Washington literally trillions of dollars.

“Since 9/11, the inside job or neoconservative coup d’état that was designed to launch America on an endless war against Israel’s enemies by demonizing Muslims and extending the genocide in occupied Palestine to a worldwide genocide of Muslims, the United States has spent all of its capital, its ideological capital, its humanitarian capital, it has destroyed its reputation and it has spent more literally as much as two or three trillion dollars just since 2001 in this endless war against Muslims on behalf of Israel.”

Dovere, for her part, believes that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is simply a mirror and a voice for the opinions of the American people and it does not wield any influence in the United States..."

3/28/16, 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Jacque said...

These above posts are correct. We are witnessing these neo-Bolsheviks (Israel) run a campaign of cultural Marxism here in Europe and the USA. We in Europe are beginning to see that Israel lies. Their efforts to stop the growing BDS movement are like the nazis. Ironic. Yes.
Everyone I know realizes America is an Israeli puppet. In fact, it's easily proven.
However, when all the facts are laid out the zionists, whether Christian or Jewish, employ the tactic of mindlessly calling critics "anti Semites". All the while skirting the actual issues. But this is seemingly losing its effectivenss. Thankfully.
The world needs peace, especially the Mid East. The easiest way to do this is end support for Israel and expose the truth. How much longer do you think this genoicde of Palestine can last? I guess when you control all the information via news and entertainment quite a while.

Aren't you Americans embarrassed by how your presidential candidates have to kiss Israel's arse? Groveling and shamelessly lying. It's pretty sad. It seems they come first.

3/30/16, 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are a Zionist and still think that Benjamin Netanyahu is a person who acts on the basis of practical reason, then think again. Russia Today has published a graphic video showing how an Israeli soldier “finishes off” a “wounded Palestinian” who is alleged to be a stabber.[1]
Israel won’t release the name of the Israeli soldier, and they have told the New York Times to conceal the name as well.[2]

But how did Netanyahu respond to that incident? Did he apologize or even suggest that he was willing to work with the authorities to sort out this difficult situation?

Well, he quickly responded by saying that the killing “does not represent the values of the IDF.” Fasten your seat belt here because Netanyahu is not finished. Days later, the same mad man declared:

“The soldiers of the IDF, our children, maintain high ethical values while courageously fighting against bloodthirsty murderers under difficult operational conditions. We must all support the IDF Chief-of-Staff, the IDF, and our soldiers, who safeguard our security.”[3]

If you want a rational explanation, then I suggest that you contact Benjamin Netanyahu himself or one of his representatives. This man is really dangerous to himself and to society because he is willing to move heaven and earth to propound his essentially Talmudic ideology, which is irrational and which basically says that the Goyim are beasts.
There is enough evidence which indicates that the IDF soldier was guilty as charged. “Before the shooting, voices can be heard asking in Hebrew, ‘Is the dog alive?’

“The Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian attacker was recorded shaking hands with a far-right Jewish activist while the victim’s body was removed from the scene.

-------- and you nit wits in America willingly give these scumbags your hard earned money!? You believe the lies? Don't you ever consider where your news comes from and who is in charge? No wonder Trump is so popular. Not wits. The rest of the world thanks you for perpetuating war! And do you really have to ask why there is a growing terrorism movement against the USA when stuff like this story get published. Morons.

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