John Ransom

Oh, it’s just another case of “Islamophobia” and “racism” that’s being under-reported by the media. 

The New York Times reported “Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater’s Founder” and “Protesters Killed in Clashes With Israel” and “I.M.F. Chief’s Arrest Creates Confusion in French Politics” prominently on the front page last Sunday. 

But they buried a real news story. 

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the federal government is charging two South Florida imams with conspiracy in a plot to raise money for the Pakistani Taliban whose aim was to "murder, maim and kidnap."

They arrested six in the plot last weekend.  

“Authorities say the ringleader of the group is Hafiz Khan,” writes the LATimes, “a 76-year-old imam at a mosque in Miami. He was arrested Saturday by a group of nearly 30 FBI agents who waited until his early-morning services were done before taking him into custody.”

Glad they waited for services to take place.

The authorities probably got the imam confused with some Jewish or German or Australian terrorists because of the inherent prejudice all Americans feel when we see a Muslim dressed in traditional garb, practicing their religion of peace.

Thankfully, there wasn’t a plane nearby that someone could prevent Khan from boarding.

Now that would have made the news.  Or at least the front page of the NYT.  

“In the wider Islamic community of South Florida,” says the Wall Street Journal, “many feared that the imams' arrests would trigger a backlash against Muslims.” 

Oh, those poor Muslims in America. Cue the Council on American-Islamic Relations and other unindicted co-conspirators to give us one of their stock racism lectures. 

Unindicted co-conspirators are always feeling the backlash in the U.S. of the actions of just a few very prominent heroes in their community. Those heroes, we’re assured, always seemed harmless as they were plotting to murder and maim. 

The presumed “backlash” probably has nothing to do with the fact that Muslims tolerate such people in their midst. The spokesmen for the mosques always seem SO shocked that such people are their leaders. Their ignorance is reassuring to me.

The "backlash," therefore, is probably only the result of how imams dress.    

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.