Chattanooga: The Mystery Deepens

This screen shot is from the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s web site, a few hours ago: “Chattanooga gunman’s motive remains a mystery, officials say.”

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As Paul wrote earlier today, “the deeds tell us the motive.” I don’t think anyone is fooled by the media’s pretense that Islamic terrorism is some sort of puzzle. Even before yesterday’s shootings, Pew found that 52% of Americans are “very concerned” about Islamic extremism in the United States. That number no doubt would be even higher today.

Has President Obama said anything about the Chattanooga terrorist attack? The White House put out a brief statement that never mentions terrorism or, needless to say, Islam.

Coincidentally, just before news of the Chattanooga shootings broke, President Obama tweeted Eid-ul-Fitr greetings:

Michelle and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. As Muslims mark the end of the month, they are reminded that Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need. …

For millions of Muslims, the morning of Eid is marked with the call to prayer echoing through cities and towns across the globe. Millions of people head to local mosques for special Eid prayers followed by festive gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasts among friends, neighbors and families. The diversity of traditions paint the vibrant images we see from around the world capturing the spirit and excitement of Eid – colorful dresses or white garments decorating the masses of people standing in lines for prayer, lanterns and ornaments lighting up bazaars and neighborhoods, intricate henna designs painted on hands of young girls and women, and an abundance of delectable foods and aromatic cuisines.

As Muslim Americans celebrate Eid across America, the holiday is a reminder to every American of the importance of respecting those of all faiths and beliefs.

Well, not quite all. Just ask the Little Sisters of the Poor.

This past year New York City Public Schools announced adding Eid to their official school calendars alongside Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays – an acknowledgement of the great diversity and inclusiveness that adds to the richness of our nation. …

Michelle and I hope today brings joy to all of your homes, both here in the U.S. and around the world. From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak!

That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.