I Condemn the Guy Who Cut Me Off in Traffic This Morning


…which comes amid heightened tensions worldwide over President Donald Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim countries.

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I wanted to write a post about condemning the attack on a Canadian mosque, so I turned to a newspaper for details and quotes.

Chicago Tribune:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard both characterized the attack as a terrorist act, which came amid heightened tensions worldwide over President Donald Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim countries.

Yes. Amid is the new buzzword.  Reporters are also using something like “…the anti-immigrant sentiment swirling around the Trump campaign…” or “with anti-Muslim sentiment being fueled by Trump supporters…” or even “…since the election of President Trump…” 

Donald Trump has said nothing about going out and shooting Muslims — except I’m pretty sure he’s not in favor.  This constant and reflexive connection between Trump and anything to do with Muslims, Hispanics and LGBTQ people is unfair.  

The shooting is terrible, and we don’t yet know the motives. It happened in a completely different country — which has a long history of being quite accepting of immigrants and Muslims. For now, is it asking reporters too much to wait until the identities and motives of the shooters is known?

By the way, Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau has at least been clear-headed enough to call the attack “an act of terror.” The former U.S. president would have waited, just in case it was an act of something else.

For the record. I condemn this act of evil.

Update: I added a few words.

Update #2: New York Times:

Mr. Couillard [Quebec Premier] declined to comment on the possibility that anti-Islamist remarks by Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign had played a role. But he did add: “We live in a world where people tend to divide themselves rather than unite. Our country, Canada and Quebec, has to remain a beacon of tolerance.”

Yeah, he declined to comment, but some reporter asked. Does anybody remember the “let’s burn the mosques and kill the Muslim’s” speech, because I’m drawing a blank.

The authorities initially said that there had been two suspects, but Quebec’s provincial police agency said on Monday that only one man was a suspect and that another man — also arrested Sunday evening — was a witness. Court officials in Quebec identified the two men arrested as Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, and Mohamed el Khadir, who was said to be in his late 20s or early 30s.

I’m not an expert on Canadian law, but let’s assume they don’t arrest innocent witnesses, which would have been a great follow-up question, New York Times… Is there any significance to the fact that one of the young men is named Mohamed? 

I condemn myself for that question, which I typed amid heightened tensions worldwide over President Donald Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim countries.

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One Response to I Condemn the Guy Who Cut Me Off in Traffic This Morning

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    Reporters (and politicians) really need something like a fairy behind their heads to give them a smack every time they forget that correlation is not causation… though there are other things that should be added, even if they got that one thing right they’d be 80% more effective.

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