Alleged Anti-Muslim Attacker Charged with Hate Crime

The 21-year old man who allegedly stabbed a New York Muslim cabdriver has been identified as Michael Enright, a filmmaker from upstate New York, and today he was charged with attempted murder in the second degree, as a hate crime.

At Politico, Ben Smith notes that Enright’s films were apparently sponsored by a left-leaning group called Intersections: Alleged anti-Muslim attacker works at pro-Park51 group.

Smith’s headline is a bit misleading, however, because Intersections is involved in many different projects, not just in supporting Park51. Enright was a volunteer filmmaker for Intersections, and there’s no reason to believe he was involved with or sympathetic to their support for Park51.

Here’s a page at the Intersections website that describes Enright’s work for them: Media Roundup | Intersections International.

Michael Enright, a student at the School of Visual Arts and volunteer for Intersections’ Veteran-Civilian Dialogue program, was featured in The Journal News. Enright is working on his thesis film project about war’s effects on the soul, which includes excerpts of the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue. Enright’s film follows his former classmate Cpl. Alex Eckner, and Eckner’s army unit through basic training in Hawai’i, deployment to Afghanistan and their return home.

UPDATE at 8/25/10 1:05:52 pm:

Intersections has released a statement on the incident:

We have learned about an incident wherein one of our volunteers may have been charged with a hate crime in a stabbing incident that involved a New York City cab driver on Tuesday evening.

The alleged perpetrator is not an employee and has never been an employee of Intersections. There is a person who fits the description of the alleged perpetrator who has worked with us as a volunteer, but until we get further confirmation of the details in this incident, we cannot comment.

Our hearts go out to the cab driver, his family and any person who has dealt with such unacceptable violence.

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125 comments

1 Nervous Norvous  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:36:50am

I live in one of the whitiest whitebread states there are (Iowa) and I have yet to see this kind of stupidity writ large. Is there some kind of mental defect caused by large numbers of people living in close proximity?

2 Charles Johnson  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:38:50am

I'm trying to get out in front of the inevitable flood of talking point parrots.

3 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:39:47am
At Politico, Ben Smith notes that Enright’s films were apparently sponsored by a left-leaning group called Intersections: Alleged anti-Muslim attacker works at pro-Park51 group.

So... now he's a plant?

4 zxbe  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:40:34am

He's just a foot-soldier in this hate crime. Need to bring down those who send out the message of hate 24/7.

5 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:42:25am

Stalker asshole "avid editor" sent out a tweet saying Charles is a "shill of MPACUK"

6 simoom  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:42:55am

Under Enright's Facebook "likes" is Tea Party candidate Greg Ball's Facebook page. At first glance Ball seems to be mostly concerned with taxes and immigration. I'm not sure if he's taken a position on Park 51.

7 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Tears  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:43:29am

re: #1 PT Barnum

I live in one of the whitiest whitebread states there are (Iowa) and I have yet to see this kind of stupidity writ large. Is there some kind of mental defect caused by large numbers of people living in close proximity?

Japan and Godzilla films...

London, UK and warm beer...

New York, US and deep-fried twinkies...

Hmm, you might have something going there.

///

8 Obdicut  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:47:47am

re: #1 PT Barnum

It's also about numbers and opportunity.

I hope religious leaders start speaking out against this. I think they are some of the only people in the US who can calm this the fuck down.

9 prairiefire  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:49:37am

re: #2 Charles

I'm trying to get out in front of the inevitable flood of talking point parrots.

Thanks, Charles. This site keeps me ahead of the talking head BS by at least 24 hours.

10 NJDhockeyfan  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:50:27am

Update from Salon:

The man who allegedly stabbed a cab driver after learning that the driver was a Muslim is Michael Enright, a 21-year-old filmmaker from upstate New York. Enright -- who shoots video for a New York-based peace group that counts Cordoba Initiative as one of its partners -- has been charged with attempted murder as a hate crime, and police say he was "very, very intoxicated" when he got in the cab at 6 p.m. last night.

The New York Post says Enright "recently returned from Afghanistan," and adds details -- provenance completely unknown -- to the story:

At one point, Enright said, "Al salaam aalaykum" -- the Arabic greeting meaning, "Peace upon you."

[Driver Sharif] Ahmed replied, "Wa alaikum salaam" -- meaning, "And on you be peace!"

As the cab neared east 41st Street, about a block away from Enright's destination at 42nd Street and Third Avenue, he barked, "This is the checkpoint motherf---er. I have to f--- you up this time."

While earlier reports claim the driver "locked" Enright in the back seat, the Post says Enright ran off and was pursued by the driver, who flagged down a patrol cop.

The Post initially described Enright as an active-duty soldier, but they have updated the story (without a correction) to indicate that Enright told police he "works for an Internet media company" that had been in Afghanistan filming a combat unit "until this past May."

11 Nervous Norvous  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:50:36am

re: #8 Obdicut

It's also about numbers and opportunity.

I hope religious leaders start speaking out against this. I think they are some of the only people in the US who can calm this the fuck down.

When some of them are the ones fomenting this, i am not hopeful.

12 Kragar  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:51:33am

Beck to channel holy spirit during DC rally

"Only writing a few bullet points" for speech "so I don't get in the way of the spirit in case he wants to talk"

13 Nervous Norvous  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:51:46am

re: #10 NJDhockeyfan

Update from Salon:

While earlier reports claim the driver "locked" Enright in the back seat, the Post says Enright ran off and was pursued by the driver, who flagged down a patrol cop.

The Post initially described Enright as an active-duty soldier, but they have updated the story (without a correction) to indicate that Enright told police he "works for an Internet media company" that had been in Afghanistan filming a combat unit "until this past May."

Watch somebody try to excuse it as PTSD

14 McSpiff  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:52:35am

I'd say someone saw a checkpoint get hit in Afghanistan....

15 HappyWarrior  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:53:03am

re: #11 PT Barnum

When some of them are the ones fomenting this, i am not hopeful.

Yep the Franklin Grahams of the country aren't helping at all when they say the outrageous crap that they say. It truly disturbs me to see this rise in hatred and violence against Muslims. It feels like we've learned nothing from the past.

16 reloadingisnotahobby  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:53:04am

re: #12 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Beck to channel holy spirit during DC rally

Speaking in tongues...
Who will translate it??
/

17 Nervous Norvous  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:53:06am

re: #14 McSpiff

I'd say someone saw a checkpoint get hit in Afghanistan...

What did I tell you?

18 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:53:10am

re: #7 oaktree

Japan and Godzilla films...

London, UK and warm beer...

New York, US and deep-fried twinkies...

Hmm, you might have something going there.

///

I think that rural stupidity can be just as stupid, but it is not a loud, aggressive or as thoroughly covered by the media.

19 Nervous Norvous  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:53:49am

re: #18 ralphieboy

I think that rural stupidity can be just as stupid, but it is not a loud, aggressive or as thoroughly covered by the media.

True...although I do think people out here are far enough apart that they don't get to form a critical mass of teh stoopid

20 eastsider  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:53:55am

i'm going to use the 24 hour rule on this and wait to make judgement.

21 Political Atheist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:53:59am

re: #8 Obdicut

I would couple that with some very direct call outs aimed at Beck, Geller, et al.

22 Charles Johnson  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:54:01am

One of Enright's films for Intersections:

23 McSpiff  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:54:25am

re: #17 PT Barnum

What did I tell you?

What? I said I bet he saw a checkpoint get hit. Doesn't excuse anything.

24 HappyWarrior  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:54:26am

re: #12 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Beck to channel holy spirit during DC rally

Heh and they say Obama is the narcisst.

25 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:54:41am

re: #4 zxbe

Words mean things.

26 Nervous Norvous  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:55:12am

re: #24 HappyWarrior

Heh and they say Obama is the narcisst.

My guess is he'll get Oral Roberts instead and start asking for money.

27 Charles Johnson  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:56:56am

re: #5 Alouette

Stalker asshole "avid editor" sent out a tweet saying Charles is a "shill of MPACUK"

The dimmest of the dim.

28 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:57:23am

re: #22 Charles


Sad to say, but he has just made a name for himself in the film industry and once he gets out of jail, he will be in big demand for "patriotic" video clips

29 dragonfire1981  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:57:57am

Let me guess, Beck and Rush will just claim this guy is "some crazy nutjob who does not represent what we represent."

30 Donna Ballard  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:58:58am

Ttg, later Lizards! Try to keep Laughing!

31 Four More Tears  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:59:04am

re: #29 dragonfire1981

Let me guess, Beck and Rush will just claim this guy is "some crazy nutjob who does not represent what we represent."

Right. They want to get rid of Muslims peacefully.

32 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:59:04am

re: #29 dragonfire1981

Let me guess, Beck and Rush will just claim this guy is "some crazy nutjob who does not represent what we represent."


Yes, and his film just proves that he is not one of them, either

/

33 HappyWarrior  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:59:10am

re: #29 dragonfire1981

Let me guess, Beck and Rush will just claim this guy is "some crazy nutjob who does not represent what we represent."

Oh you know it or they'll say he's a liberal because of his association with this company just like they did with the nutjob in Austin. Even though as shown, he likes a Tea Party candidate on facebook.

34 Kreuzueber Halbmond  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:59:14am

His next film -
How to Protect Yourself From Gang Rape in the Prison Setting

35 Four More Tears  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:59:43am

re: #28 ralphieboy

Sad to say, but he has just made a name for himself in the film industry and once he gets out of jail, he will be in big demand for "patriotic" video clips

Surprised people aren't taking a collection to post his bail...

36 Vicious Babushka  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:03:00pm

re: #27 Charles

The dimmest of the dim.

It gets worse:

"Insane Lefties and Jihadis try to smear the EDL as nazis."

WTF, they ARE nazis!

BTW I do not follow this asshole, but he gets retweeted by @jewishbloggers a retweet service which, apparently, anybody can sign up for.

37 Stonemason  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:04:14pm

re: #35 JasonA

Surprised people aren't taking a collection to post his bail...

That only happens if you kill a cop.


Talking points, all of it, from both sides and neither side can see the other.

38 jayzee  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:04:32pm

re: #13 PT Barnum

Watch somebody try to excuse it as PTSD

They are. Check the comments in this link [Link: tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com...]

Crazy or not, it's a hate crime.

39 Spare O'Lake  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:05:05pm

re: #14 McSpiff

I'd say someone saw a checkpoint get hit in Afghanistan...

As I said in the previous thread, something like that is what may well have fucked the perp up and it would explain his "checkpoint" comment. If so, this crime may have had zero to do with the Park51 controversy.

40 McSpiff  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:08:44pm

re: #39 Spare O'Lake

As I said in the previous thread, something like that is what may well have fucked the perp up and it would explain his "checkpoint" comment. If so, this crime may have had zero to do with the Park51 controversy.

I'm applying the 24 hour rule too. But im not sure what else that could be referring to.

If you tell anyone I agreed with you.../

41 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:10:11pm

Let's just hope that the Muslims of America don't have to study the Koran in their basements like Christians have had to do in China.

I am a rightie and all that... but I will not stand for this stuff in America.

42 Stonemason  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:10:18pm

re: #13 PT Barnum

re: #14 McSpiff

I have seen PTSD used to excuse everything from drug use to spousal abuse to murder.
Why is it wrong now to consider that this man may have been suffering from PTSD?

43 Charles Johnson  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:10:54pm

A new follower I just picked up on Twitter: Nancy Sinatra. (It's a verified account.)

44 Four More Tears  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:11:46pm

re: #37 Stonemason

That only happens if you kill a cop.

Abortion doctors, too.

45 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:12:19pm

re: #43 Charles

Whoa!

46 reloadingisnotahobby  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:12:23pm

This clown in NO Michael Yon....

47 McSpiff  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:12:51pm

re: #42 Stonemason

re: #14 McSpiff

I have seen PTSD used to excuse everything from drug use to spousal abuse to murder.
Why is it wrong now to consider that this man may have been suffering from PTSD?

I'm not saying its wrong, im just saying its a factor. I know people with PTSD who didn't stab people to death too. I think its a reasonable possiblity at this point. Doesnt mean its not a hate crime and doesn't need to be punished accordingly.

48 wrenchwench  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:13:21pm

re: #43 Charles

A new follower I just picked up on Twitter: Nancy Sinatra. (It's a verified account.)

These tweets are made for squawkin'.

49 Stonemason  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:14:42pm

re: #47 McSpiff

Sorry for adding you to the post, click mistake...I got your point.

50 reine.de.tout  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:14:57pm

re: #48 wrenchwench

These tweets are made for squawkin'.

*groan*

51 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:14:59pm

re: #41 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

Let's just hope that the Muslims of America don't have to study the Koran in their basements like Christians have had to do in China.

I am a rightie and all that... but I will not stand for this stuff in America.

This is turning into a Culture War. The law is clarly on the side of the builders, but there will be violence and martyrs on both sides. I am feeling a chill up my spine already for what this sort of thing can lead to, especially if there is another major terrotist attack on US soil at anytime in the near future...

52 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:16:10pm

A guy from SVA? That's bizarre, I know people who went to that school.

53 reloadingisnotahobby  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:16:29pm

re: #43 Charles

Will you be offering her a Lizardette Acct??

54 Inconsequential Consequence  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:18:02pm

It wasn't really a hate crime, he was just trying to share his love of Muslim ... blood.

55 Spare O'Lake  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:18:27pm

re: #41 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

Let's just hope that the Muslims of America don't have to study the Koran in their basements like Christians have had to do in China.

I am a rightie and all that... but I will not stand for this stuff in America.

Or like Jews had to do in many, many, countries over the centuries.

56 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:18:53pm

re: #43 Charles

A new follower I just picked up on Twitter: Nancy Sinatra. (It's a verified account.)


Just don't go and spoil it all by tweeting something stupid like I love you"....

57 Obdicut  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:19:04pm

re: #51 ralphieboy

I'm really not so sure about the 'both sides' part. At all.

58 Crimsonfisted  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:20:00pm

Why was this kid carrying a knife? To do this intentionally? Did he always carry a knife? (Or was it another stabbing weapon and I read too fast)

59 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:20:16pm

re: #56 ralphieboy

I actually really, really like that song.

60 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:20:19pm

re: #57 Obdicut

I'm really not so sure about the 'both sides' part. At all.


There was already an article about the upcoming "Burn a Koran Day" and that Muslim suicide bombers were thretening to come and disrupt the gathering and that right-wing militias were on hand to guard it.

I mean on both sides...

61 Charles Johnson  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:20:43pm

re: #58 Crimsonfisted

Why was this kid carrying a knife? To do this intentionally? Did he always carry a knife? (Or was it another stabbing weapon and I read too fast)

It was reportedly a Leatherman tool.

62 wrenchwench  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:20:44pm

re: #58 Crimsonfisted

Why was this kid carrying a knife? To do this intentionally? Did he always carry a knife? (Or was it another stabbing weapon and I read too fast)

A Leatherman tool.

63 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:20:56pm
64 cliffster  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:21:12pm

re: #59 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

I actually really, really like that song.

me too

65 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:21:34pm

re: #61 Charles

It was reportedly a Leatherman tool.

You mean he had just come from watching "Late Night with Daved Leatherman"?

66 Kragar  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:21:44pm

re: #51 ralphieboy

This is turning into a Culture War. The law is clarly on the side of the builders, but there will be violence and martyrs on both sides. I am feeling a chill up my spine already for what this sort of thing can lead to, especially if there is another major terrotist attack on US soil at anytime in the near future...

I get the distinct impression the next major terrorist attack on US Soil will be done in the name of protecting the US and "Real Americans".

67 Gus  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:25:31pm

Don't know what this Michael Enright was up to at this point but he's still in big trouble with the law. He's going to face a long prison sentence regardless.

68 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:26:15pm

re: #66 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

I get the distinct impression the next major terrorist attack on US Soil will be done in the name of protecting the US and "Real Americans".


That is more or less what happened in the back of that cab, yes.

PTSD on a national scale, nearly nine years after 9/11 and they are still twitching over it.

But if there is an Islamist terrorist attack in the US in this heated atmosphere, I fear there will be acts of "retribution" directed against mosques and Muslims all across America.

69 HappyWarrior  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:27:05pm

I have a feeling that things will get worse before they get better. You've got a sizable chunk of the population who thinks the president is a Muslim hellbent on destroying the country. We need statesmen from both sides to call for an end to this crap. The Republicans need to stop acknowledging nutcases like Spencer and Geller who are hellbent on demonizing Muslims at every turn.

70 Four More Tears  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:27:18pm

re: #68 ralphieboy

That is more or less what happened in the back of that cab, yes.

PTSD on a national scale, nearly nine years after 9/11 and they are still twitching over it.

But if there is an Islamist terrorist attack in the US in this heated atmosphere, I fear there will be acts of "retribution" directed against mosques and Muslims all across America.

Anyone who doesn't think this nonsense puts our troops in danger is an idiot.

71 reloadingisnotahobby  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:28:40pm

Great!
Now someone will sue Leatherman!/
May be it was a cheap knockoff...
People don't stab people..
Tools( with 31 different uses0 do .../

72 Sol Berdinowitz  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:29:38pm

re: #71 reloadingisnotahobby

Great!
Now someone will sue Leatherman!/
May be it was a cheap knockoff...
People don't stab people..
Tools( with 31 different uses0 do .../

I hate to say it, but watch for a jump in Leatherman sales in certain parts of America...

73 DaddyG  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:30:08pm

re: #12 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Beck to channel holy spirit during DC rally

In fairness to Beck. In Mormon parlance that comment is akin to "I'm not going to overthink my comments in case I'm inspired during the rally". The belief that all people have the right to be inspired is common and the expression that we hope our words are guided is an expression that we don't believe we know it all and are subject to a greater power.

Still- I would be more likely to use that expression when giving a talk in church than at a political rally. Glenn needs to work on keeping his faith private and his politics public and not mix the two.

74 Kragar  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:31:18pm

re: #71 reloadingisnotahobby

Great!
Now someone will sue Leatherman!/
May be it was a cheap knockoff...
People don't stab people..
Tools( with 31 different uses0 do .../

I found the Gerber to be a superior multi-tool. The open design of the grips made the Leatherman uncomfortable when a sustained tight grip was necessary.

75 reloadingisnotahobby  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:31:29pm

re: #68 ralphieboy

The fear/hate right now is about the same as it was
just after 9/11.....
Someone better apply the brakes to this ..like Yesterday!

76 Gus  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:33:47pm

Charles, Intersections released a statement:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Rev. Robert Chase, Executive Director,
xxxxx,

Joseph Ward III, Communications Director,
xxxxx

We have learned about an incident wherein one of our volunteers may have been charged with a hate crime in a stabbing incident that involved a New York City cab driver on Tuesday evening.

The alleged perpetrator is not an employee and has never been an employee of Intersections. There is a person who fits the description of the alleged perpetrator who has worked with us as a volunteer, but until we get further confirmation of the details in this incident, we cannot comment.

Our hearts go out to the cab driver, his family and any person who has dealt with such unacceptable violence.

Intersections is on record, explicitly and consistently, as promoting interfaith dialogue and cross cultural cooperation, specifically with our Muslim brothers and sisters. We deplore violence and any act that may be categorized as a hate crime.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties in this tragic incident.

Intersections

77 reloadingisnotahobby  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:34:08pm

re: #74 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Once again Krager you correct.
I have several diff... kinds...Because I alway forget where I
left my favorite one!
A Gerber...

78 webevintage  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:37:43pm

re: #12 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Beck to channel holy spirit during DC rally

Would be awesome if the Holy Spirit lead Beck to admit he was a con man and atone for his crimes/sins by giving all his money to Catholic Charities which works for "social justice".

79 DaddyG  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:38:57pm

I don't like the knee jerk reaction of people trying to link political affiliation to murderers and thugs. If this were the result of a mob leaving a neo-nazi rally or an injury caused by the Environmental Liberation Front setting a fire that would be different.

The anti-muslim sentiments are bad in and of themselves but the eagerness of the conservatives to link him to a left-leaning group (and conversely the eagerness of liberals to link him to the right) is just plain ugly.

This act should be condemned on the face of it and using it to demonize those who believe differently than (me/you) is just crass.

80 DaddyG  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:40:20pm

re: #78 webevintage

Would be awesome if the Holy Spirit lead Beck to admit he was a con man and atone for his crimes/sins by giving all his money to Catholic Charities which works for "social justice".


Ironically one of the groups that the LDS church donates offerings to is Catholic Charities because they have such low overhead and their network is unsurpassed in some areas of the world. I wonder if Glenn knows his donations are going towards social justice? heh.

81 webevintage  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:40:33pm

re: #43 Charles

A new follower I just picked up on Twitter: Nancy Sinatra. (It's a verified account.)

That is beyond cool in my book....

82 researchok  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:41:46pm

re: #43 Charles

A new follower I just picked up on Twitter: Nancy Sinatra. (It's a verified account.)

If she's wearing slippers, all is is good.

83 elbruce  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:45:33pm

re: #79 DaddyG

I don't like the knee jerk reaction of people trying to link political affiliation to murderers and thugs. If this were the result of a mob leaving a neo-nazi rally or an injury caused by the Environmental Liberation Front setting a fire that would be different.

The anti-muslim sentiments are bad in and of themselves but the eagerness of the conservatives to link him to a left-leaning group (and conversely the eagerness of liberals to link him to the right) is just plain ugly.

This act should be condemned on the face of it and using it to demonize those who believe differently than (me/you) is just crass.

The fact that it happened in the same city one day after an anti-Muslim rally is kind of a "connect the dots" experience. I would merely hope that it causes at least some of the anti-Muslim shouters to rethink what they're saying and doing.

84 What, me worry?  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:46:42pm

re: #81 webevintage

That is beyond cool in my book...

Yea, but she also follows Gert Wilders so it's hard to tell where she stands.

[Link: twitter.com...]

85 Nervous Norvous  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:47:24pm

Better yet, Beck should take this opportunity to tell all the yahoos that have swallowed his bullshit for the last 4 years or so that it is indeed bullshit and that they've all been made to be scared and angry for no other reason than to line his pocketbook. I'd pay to see that.

86 What, me worry?  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:48:34pm

re: #84 marjoriemoon

Yea, but she also follows Gert Wilders so it's hard to tell where she stands.

[Link: twitter.com...]

I don't know if this link will work.

[Link: twitter.com...]

87 alexknyc  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:49:49pm

re: #69 HappyWarrior

I have a feeling that things will get worse before they get better. You've got a sizable chunk of the population who thinks the president is a Muslim hellbent on destroying the country. We need statesmen from both sides to call for an end to this crap. The Republicans need to stop acknowledging nutcases like Spencer and Geller who are hellbent on demonizing Muslims at every turn.

We have statesmen?

88 Nervous Norvous  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:50:25pm

Okay, I'm a sexist pig, but that made me go back and look at her 1995 playboy layout. :)

89 alexknyc  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:51:48pm

re: #83 elbruce

The fact that it happened in the same city one day after an anti-Muslim rally is kind of a "connect the dots" experience. I would merely hope that it causes at least some of the anti-Muslim shouters to rethink what they're saying and doing.

I would hope so too but experience says no.

90 Obdicut  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:55:50pm

re: #79 DaddyG

I haven't actually seen anyone try to link him to the 'right'.

91 unsavoryagent  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:56:06pm

Speaking of PTSD, Michael Enright made a little film featuring PTSD:

92 unsavoryagent  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 12:56:43pm

Oops Part 1:

93 elbruce  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 1:06:30pm

re: #89 alexknyc

I would hope so too but experience says no.

Then I'm going to bring Enright up when they start to get their hate on. If that's "linking" then so be it.

94 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 1:06:46pm

re: #79 DaddyG

I don't like the knee jerk reaction of people trying to link political affiliation to murderers and thugs. If this were the result of a mob leaving a neo-nazi rally or an injury caused by the Environmental Liberation Front setting a fire that would be different.

The anti-muslim sentiments are bad in and of themselves but the eagerness of the conservatives to link him to a left-leaning group (and conversely the eagerness of liberals to link him to the right) is just plain ugly.

This act should be condemned on the face of it and using it to demonize those who believe differently than (me/you) is just crass.

I'm less into the demonization and more about the patterns. If there's a rising pattern of anti-muslim sentiment in america, that results in attacks on Muslims and their places of worship, that ain't the "left"'s fault. We know where that's coming from, we know where the rhetoric originates.

I'm eager for people like Newt Gingrich and co. to stop egging on lunatics. That's what U'm eager for.

95 Spare O'Lake  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 1:27:03pm

re: #94 WindUpBird

I'm less into the demonization and more about the patterns. If there's a rising pattern of anti-muslim sentiment in america, that results in attacks on Muslims and their places of worship, that ain't the "left"'s fault. We know where that's coming from, we know where the rhetoric originates.

I'm eager for people like Newt Gingrich and co. to stop egging on lunatics. That's what U'm eager for.

Yes the rhetoric does by and large come from the right end of the political spectrum. However when one sees such massive opposition to the mosque from the centre and the left can one blame that on the extreme right as well?

96 allegro  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 1:34:26pm

re: #95 Spare O'Lake

However when one sees such massive opposition to the mosque from the centre and the left can one blame that on the extreme right as well?

What "massive opposition" from the center and left? Please cite evidence of this.

97 elbruce  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 1:53:29pm

re: #95 Spare O'Lake

However when one sees such massive opposition to the mosque from the centre and the left can one blame that on the extreme right as well?

A snap poll of people who think that what they've been told about it sounds like a bad idea, does not constitute "massive opposition." The right is the one who's been misinforming them.

98 Centrist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 1:58:53pm
However when one sees such massive opposition to the mosque from the centre and the left can one blame that on the extreme right as well?


Apparently so. Everything is "the rights" fault these days...The oil spill, the economy, the recent deaths in Iraq, etc...

99 Centrist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:02:22pm
I haven't actually seen anyone try to link him to the 'right'.

Really?

www.thinkprogress.org

100 Ben G. Hazi  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:03:19pm

re: #5 Alouette

Stalker asshole "avid editor" sent out a tweet saying Charles is a "shill of MPACUK"

Well, isn't that just special?!?

/Church Lady

101 Jeff In Ohio  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:03:39pm

re: #99 Centrist

Really?

www.thinkprogress.org

Link to the specific article please.

102 Centrist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:12:01pm
glogrrl says:

It was only a matter of time. Nice work, Rethugs.

Just one little gem...

103 Ben G. Hazi  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:14:10pm

re: #43 Charles

A new follower I just picked up on Twitter: Nancy Sinatra. (It's a verified account.)

Somebody's boots are made for walking all over these creeps...

104 elbruce  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:14:37pm

re: #101 Jeff In Ohio

Link to the specific article please.

Here's the only article TP has on that:

[Link: thinkprogress.org...]

It doesn't link him to any right wing anything.

105 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:15:18pm

re: #14 McSpiff

I'd say someone saw a checkpoint get hit in Afghanistan...

Or heard about it. Or saw footage of it.

This could be PTSD, or this could be total bullshit, you know?

106 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:16:52pm

re: #47 McSpiff

I'm not saying its wrong, im just saying its a factor. I know people with PTSD who didn't stab people to death too. I think its a reasonable possiblity at this point. Doesnt mean its not a hate crime and doesn't need to be punished accordingly.

If there's a grounds to argue some sort of PTSD factor, I'm sure his lawyer will pursue it.

107 skullkrusher  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:17:14pm

“Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint"

crazy knows no ideological boundaries it seems

108 Centrist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:17:25pm

[Link: thinkprogress.org...]

missmolly (sponsored by Troll-B-Gon®, now with MORE PermaRid™!) says:

"I fear this won’t be the last of such incidents. The wingnuts, teabaggers, and various other righties are ramping up the fear.."

Need any more?

109 RogueOne  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:18:58pm

re: #107 skullkrusher

“Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint"

crazy knows no ideological boundaries it seems

I'm waiting for more info before passing judgement but getting drunk and yelling out something like that before getting all stabby certainly seems a little on the crazy side.

110 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:19:15pm

re: #95 Spare O'Lake

Yes the rhetoric does by and large come from the right end of the political spectrum. However when one sees such massive opposition to the mosque from the centre and the left can one blame that on the extreme right as well?

Harry Reid counts as 'the left' for the purposes of this discussion.

/

111 RogueOne  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:24:20pm

re: #110 SanFranciscoZionist

Harry Reid counts as 'the left' for the purposes of this discussion.

/

Yeah, 'cept it isn't just Mr. Reid anymore now, is it. The list of dems opposing the building site includes a lot of the big name dems with the president keeping his opinion to himself at this point. Ms. Pelosi is going to have one hell of a list to investigate. Well, she would if she were still going to be speaker in 3 months.

112 skullkrusher  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:27:19pm

re: #109 RogueOne

I'm waiting for more info before passing judgement but getting drunk and yelling out something like that before getting all stabby certainly seems a little on the crazy side.

hehe yes, it does indeed

113 elbruce  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:30:50pm

re: #108 Centrist

[Link: thinkprogress.org...]

Need any more?

How about something above the comments section?

114 elbruce  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:33:28pm

re: #111 RogueOne

The list of dems opposing the building site includes a lot of the big name dems with the president keeping his opinion to himself at this point. Ms. Pelosi is going to have one hell of a list to investigate.

Oh no, she might discover the big dark secret that when given the opportunity to step up and do the right thing, establishment Democrats roll over and play dead.

She's on that list herself, btw.

115 skullkrusher  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 2:37:08pm

re: #114 elbruce

Oh no, she might discover the big dark secret that when given the opportunity to step up and do the right thing, establishment Democrats roll over and play dead.

She's on that list herself, btw.

even worse than playing dead they threw their hats in with the jackholes.

116 Centrist  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 3:28:03pm
Well, she would if she were still going to be speaker in 3 months.

Jeez, the thought of her being gone gives me a tingle up my leg you wouldn't believe. :)

117 captdiggs  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 5:14:30pm

It seems that the more information that comes out, the less likely that this film student was influenced by "the right"...FOX...or any of the others already blamed for this attack.

118 elbruce  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 5:57:04pm

re: #117 captdiggs

It seems that the more information that comes out, the less likely that this film student was influenced by "the right"...FOX...or any of the others already blamed for this attack.

No information has come out on that in the last few hours since the event occurred.

The copy/paste "it seem the more information that comes out, [insert what I hope to be true here]" thing doesn't fly, dude.

119 captdiggs  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 6:51:52pm

re: #118 elbruce

[insert what I hope to be true here]" thing doesn't fly

Same applies if you were hoping he was a middle aged teaparty member and fox viewer.
But a 21 year old NY film student who does volunteer work for a left leaning ( per Ben Smith at Politico) organization doesn't fit that profile.

I gave my 2 cents earlier when I advised the 24 hour rule.

120 elbruce  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 9:14:20pm

re: #119 captdiggs

Same applies if you were hoping he was a middle aged teaparty member and fox viewer.
But a 21 year old NY film student who does volunteer work for a left leaning ( per Ben Smith at Politico) organization doesn't fit that profile.

I wasn't hoping anything, except that maybe the anti-mosque people could town down the "WE HATE MUSLIMS" rhetoric for a bit. Whether or not it had anything to do with this guy (and the time/space proximity to the protests suggest it might) this might not be a good time to be stoking the anti-Muslim fires for a bit.

And I don't need to take Ben Smith's characterization of his employer (which you haven't linked to, btw) at face value, since we know the exact connection of them to the Park51 project - it is one of the many clients that they produce documentaries for.

You can call him a "21 year old NY film student" if you like. I can call him a "military wannabe who settled for making movies in Afghanistan." But I'm not going to. There really is no "profile" for an act like this.

121 jukeboxgrad  Wed, Aug 25, 2010 11:09:13pm

re: #6 simoom

Under Enright's Facebook "likes" is Tea Party candidate Greg Ball's Facebook page. At first glance Ball seems to be mostly concerned with taxes and immigration. I'm not sure if he's taken a position on Park 51.

The Greg Ball link has been removed from Enright's Facebook page, but I captured it in a screenshot here:

[Link: bit.ly...]

122 abdul abulbul amir  Thu, Aug 26, 2010 7:21:32am

Is this correct?

1. Enright, a non-Muslim and a lefty, is in favor of the GZM.
2. The cabbie, a Muslim, is opposed to building the GZM.

123 Yashmak  Thu, Aug 26, 2010 8:18:04am

Uh, I clicked the link provided about Intersection's statements, but what it says there is totally different than the quote you provided Charles:

"We are further saddened that the person charged with this crime, Michael Enright, has been a volunteer with Intersections for the past year. Mike’s work with us was generous and responsible. He shared our vision for a diverse and peaceful world and our prayers go out to him and his family as well. This unfathomable incident is profoundly sad on many levels."

None of the text you provide as a quote appears at that link.

Did they change something?

124 Charles Johnson  Thu, Aug 26, 2010 9:23:08am

re: #122 abdul abulbul amir

Is this correct?

1. Enright, a non-Muslim and a lefty, is in favor of the GZM.
2. The cabbie, a Muslim, is opposed to building the GZM.

No, it's not correct.

125 Charles Johnson  Thu, Aug 26, 2010 9:23:43am

re: #123 Yashmak

Yes, it looks like they rewrote the statement.


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