Holder Warns: Don't Discriminate Against Muslims After Boston

Posted: Apr 29, 2013 12:24 PM

Apparently, granny will still be getting the full pat down experience at the airport instead of young Muslim men returning home from volatile, Jihad ridden regions of the world like Dagestan.

Attorney General Eric Holder is warning Americans not to discriminate against Muslims in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Attorney General Eric Holder declared Monday that the Justice Department is on the lookout for acts of violence or discrimination that signal a backlash to the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this month in which three people were killed and scores wounded.

"Our investigation into this matter remains ongoing – and I want to assure you that my colleagues and I are determined to hold accountable, to the fullest extent of the law, all of those who were responsible for this attack," Holder said, according to the prepared text of a speech delivered Monday to the Anti-Defamation League. "But I also want to make clear that – just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities – the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation."

Holder did not mention the backgrounds of the two alleged perpetrators. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged in federal court with using a weapon of mass destruction. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a violent encounter with police a few days after the bombings and is described as a co-conspirator in a court filing. Both men are Muslims and of Chechen descent. Investigators have not yet alleged a motive for the attack.

Investigators at the Department of Justice may not be willing to name radical Islam as a motive, but bombing suspect number 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, admitted his older brother wanted to carry out the attacks in defense of Islam and was willing to die in the process. Not to mention their mother told CNN she didn't care that he oldest son was killed but instead wants the world to hear her say, "Allahu akbar."

As a reminder, it's Jews, not Muslims, who regularly face the overwhelming majority of hate crimes in America.

About 1 in 5 hate crimes are religiously motivated, and American Jews continue to be the victims in the majority of those incidents, according to figures released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The FBI has seen the number of bias crimes remain steady, with 6,628 reported in the U.S. last year. Of those, half had racial motivations, and about 20 percent dealt with religion.

A breakdown of the religious hate crimes found:

    65.4 percent were anti-Jewish.
    13.2 percent were anti-Islamic.
    9.5 percent were anti-other religion, i.e., those not specified.
    4.3 percent were anti-Catholic.
    3.8 percent were anti-multiple religions, group.
    3.3 percent were anti-Protestant.
    0.5 percent were anti-Atheism/Agnosticism/etc.

But remember, if you see something, say something....even though it means nothing. From Michelle Malkin:

In brief remarks to the nation yesterday on the Boston Marathon bombings, President Obama said that "we all have a part to play in alerting authorities. If you see something suspicious, speak up." In Washington, D.C., electronic signs urged commuters to be on guard. Law enforcement, big-city mayors and security experts all echoed that famous post-terrorism refrain: "If you see something, say something."

But who really means it?

In post-9/11 America, the truth is that our politically correct guardians only want you to see, say or do something if it can't be construed by grievance-mongers as racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic, nativist or any other "-ist" or "-ic."

Face it: We live in a self-defeating culture that pays lip service to heroic action in times of crisis, yet brutally punishes the very kind of snap judgments and instant security profiling that make such heroism possible in the first place.

Just take a look at some of the caustic reactions to citizens and watchdogs who stuck out their necks during and after the Boston Marathon bombings. A quick-thinking spectator at the race reportedly tackled a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student visa holder he believed was acting suspiciously. The student is not considered a suspect at this point, but remains a "person of interest" in the case. The student's home was searched Monday night in Revere, Mass., by a phalanx of law enforcement agencies.

Time magazine correspondent Michael Crowley clucked: "It'll be a real shame if a Saudi guy was tackled and held simply for running in fright -- and for being an Arab." Music producer Sledgren took to Twitter to bemoan "prejudice America." Indian television anchor Gargi Rawat called the civilian's actions "sad." Gawker editor Max Read declared: "(T)his poor Saudi kid should sue the guy who tackled him."

For what? For taking all those "See Something, Say Something" ads seriously? Hang him!

I'm sure the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group with known ties to terrorism, is pleased with Holder's warning.

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