Actually they’re whining and playing the victim card. Surprised? “Accused Terrorist Taught At Alhuda Academy,” by Bronislaus B. Kush and Linda Bock for the Telegram & Gazette, October 23 (thanks to Islam In Action):
WORCESTER — Boston television crews were preparing to broadcast live last evening from Alhuda Academy on the latest news concerning a teacher charged in a terrorist plot when a young man slowed his sport utility vehicle and rolled down the window.
“Is this the place where they train terrorists to kill Americans?” he asked the cameramen before pulling away.
Similar scenes were repeated outside the East Mountain Street school during the course of the day after word spread of the arrest of Tarek Mehanna, who is accused by federal authorities of plotting to kill soldiers, mall shoppers, and politicians.
The arrest has prompted fear of possible retaliation among area Muslims.
“There’s no question that there is a climate of fear building in our community as a result of this arrest,” said Tahir Ali, a longtime spokesman for local Muslims. “There are some who are worried that all Muslims will be viewed as terrorists.”…
Yet actual incidents of “retaliation” are so few and far between that CAIR has to resort to fabricating hate crimes for purposes of political and media manipulation.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston said the men also planned attacks at malls because U.S. civilians pay taxes to support the government and are “nonbelievers.”
Cue the obligatory Shocked Friends and Family piece:
Mr. Mehanna’s friends and family, including his father, Ahmed Mehanna, a professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, were shocked to see him depicted as a would-be terrorist.
“No, definitely not,” said the elder Mr. Mehanna, when he was asked whether he believed the charges against his son….
Imam Abdul Karim, the spiritual leader of the local mosque, appeared from behind closed doors around 2:30 p.m. to deliver a statement. He declined to answer questions and asked reporters to leave because he said the cameras were making students nervous.
The pre-kindergarten through eighth grade academy is located at the Worcester Islamic Center complex. The three-story center has a school, gymnasium and prayer hall and can hold approximately 1,700 people.
Simo Lulvsfiya arrived at the school-mosque and said he was there to say prayers, which he does a few times a week. He said he has never noticed anything unusual at the facility.
Mr. Lulvsfiya said he was “absolutely” afraid about retaliatory action.
“Hearing things like that is never a good thing,” Mr. Lulvsfiya said. “It’s never a good thing to hate anyone regardless of their religion. I don’t hate anybody — I am an American.”
A woman was in the school all morning monitoring the front doors. She declined to give her name because she said she was afraid. The woman said the school is a wonderful institution with good teachers and about 120 students.
She said school officials conduct criminal background checks on all teachers hired. According to the woman, Mr. Mehanna had taught at the school for a month.
“Who’s going to put ‘terrorist’ on their rÃ©sumÃ©?” she asked….
Indeed. And who is going to admit that he saw anything suspicious going on at the mosque?
School officials said they first heard of the charges yesterday morning and said they were shocked and dismayed by the allegations made in the indictment.
“The school and its administration are confident in the fairness of our country’s judicial system, the principle of due process, and the presumption of innocence,” the statement said. “We would like to take this opportunity to condemn all violence perpetrated or contemplated against innocent civilians. This condemnation is required by our faith as Muslims, and our every experience with Tarek Mehanna suggests to us that he shared this belief.”…
Why is it not enough to condemn violence against “innocent civilians”? See here.