Religion of Peace Update [Updated]

Oklahoma got a dose of peace yesterday, when Alton Nolen, apparently a Muslim convert, beheaded a co-worker at the food company where he worked. He attacked a second woman and would have killed her too, except that the company’s COO has a gun and knows how to use it.

This could actually be a case of workplace violence, as the attack occurred immediately after Alton had been fired. (For what, has not been reported.) Nolen had a colorful criminal record, which makes one wonder how he got a job at all when millions are unemployed. Paul has written about the fact that the Obama/Holder Department of Justice has brought discrimination lawsuits against employers who use criminal history to screen prospective employees. Did a woman in Oklahoma lose her life because Eric Holder wouldn’t let her employer “discriminate” against violent criminals?

As for the fact that she was beheaded, that could just be a coincidence.

In Australia, a follower of ISIL attacked a police station and was shot before he could inflict serious injury:

When Mr Haider was searched he was found to be carrying a larger knife and an Islamic State flag.

Police believe the plan was to follow instructions from the international terror group Islamic State and behead the officers, cover the bodies in the flag and then take photos to post via the internet.

He had been the subject of police investigations for the past three months as he had become increasingly radical.

In Mosul, Iraq, ISIL executed a female civil rights lawyer by firing squad:

Samira al-Nuaimy, known locally for her pro bono legal and humanitarian work, was executed last week, according to rights activists and residents. The United Nations said that she was killed in a public square and that her body showed signs of torture when it was returned to her family.

Reportedly she was tortured for five days before being shot. ISIL didn’t like one of her Facebook posts. For women living under the RoP©, ISIL style, her fate was not unique:

New rules ban women from working in jobs other than health care and education, where they are deemed necessary to treat and teach other females.

A regulation requiring all women to fully veil their faces was initially unenforced. But now, breaking that rule can trigger heavy penalties, including beatings. …

“Samira was not the first,” said Suha Oda, a 29-year-old social activist from Mosul who has moved to the Kurdish-administered area nearby but monitors human rights issues in the city. Four women have suffered a similar fate over the past month, she said, including three doctors who were executed last week. Iraqi media reports said the women had been killed because they refused to treat a wounded Islamic State fighter.

A female politician also is believed to have been killed, but militants have refused to return the body to her family, Oda said.

Over the years people have occasionally told me I am courageous because I am an outspoken conservative. I find this odd. In the age-old division between men and mice, I think there must be quite a few mice these days. But to be a human rights lawyer in Mosul–that’s brave. You never know when peace might break out.

UPDATE: It is now being reported that the Oklahoma murderer identified as Alton Nolen is currently known as Jah’Keem Yisrael. He became a Muslim while in prison, a common pattern. Jah’Keem Yisrael tried to convert co-workers to Islam, and apparently was fired–although this is not entirely clear–following an argument in which he urged that women be stoned.

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