San Bernardino killer couple’s motive still unknown, officials say

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan (C) speaks at a news conferenece about the shooting rampage at the Inland Regional Center, in San Bernardino, California December 2, 2015. Photo by/Alex Gallardo courtesy of Reuters

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan (C) speaks at a news conferenece about the shooting rampage at the Inland Regional Center, in San Bernardino, California December 2, 2015. Photo by/Alex Gallardo courtesy of Reuters

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Muslim leaders fear the husband and wife, both with Muslim-sounding names, who killed 14 people will inspire Islamophobia.

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  • Be Brave

    What is fueling the carnage worldwide is politics. Since there is over a billion Muslims, just by the very percentages, religion isn’t the problem.

    Political power is.

    In other words it is The Left and The Right that play a major part in stoking the worldwide fires of hate that keep the smoke of killings ever-flowing skyward. In the USA, that reality is stark indeed. If you are not a lefty The Left HATES YOU. If you are not a Righty, The Right HATES YOU.

    And The Press keeps that ever-moving along.

  • Jack

    The constant cautions that the American people not devolve into mobs of bloodthirsty “Islamophobes” are deeply offensive, borderline unpatriotic, and betray an elitist contempt for the citizenry. Americans behaved commendably after 9/11, which was infinitely worse than yesterday’s attack. There is no reason to believe that will change.

    Americans know perfectly well the difference between the vast majority of Muslims who are against radical Islamism and the small minority who are not.

    More energy should be spent encouraging the Muslim community to speak out publicly against jihadism. There is no better way to shut down the anti-Muslim bigots who do exist than for more Muslims to shout from the housetops their opposition to extremism.

    The best way to empower the bigots is for Muslims to lecture the American people about not being bigots. The best way to defang the bigots is to pledge full cooperation with law enforcement.

  • Larry

    “The constant cautions that the American people not devolve into mobs of bloodthirsty “Islamophobes” are deeply offensive, borderline unpatriotic, and betray an elitist contempt for the citizenry.”

    And yet entirely justified when one looks at the political rhetoric employed by various public figures. We have people openly stating their willingness to defy laws and principles of our nation as long as the people on the receiving end of sanction are Muslim.

    “Americans know perfectly well the difference between the vast majority of Muslims who are against radical Islamism and the small minority who are not. ”

    And yet ignoring such differences is very popular and successful both politically and financially.

    The best way to not empower bigotry is not to empower bigotry. To call it out in all forms when it rears its head. Not to show annoyance over the label. Actually demonstrating one is really not a bigot. Right now bigotry is politically useful for majoritarian types.

  • Fran

    “Do not put your trust in princes, nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation” (Psalm 146:3).