“It’s really shocking to us. Islam means peace. Can you make peace with terrorism?”
No, Islam means submission. Can you make peace with dissembling and half-truths? And are you trying to convince jihadists that their version of Islam is wrong, or is your ire reserved for non-Muslims who dare to notice that Muslims are plotting blood and death against the Infidels in the name of Islam?
“Rev. John B. Rochford, a Baptist minister and administrator of the South East Refugee Information Center, compared the situation to the plight of the Irish decades ago, when they were frequently suspected of terrorism.”
Yes, and some Irishmen were terrorists. Thus non-terrorist Irish should have understood the suspicion and cooperated fully with law enforcement efforts — particularly if they really opposed the terrorism, no?
“U.S. Woman Released in Terror Case,” by Neil Shah, Vanessa O’Connell and Evan Perez in the Wall Street Journal, March 15:
Irish police released without charge an American woman who was among seven people arrested last week in Ireland in connection with an alleged plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, a 31-year-old Colorado mother and recent convert to Islam who was among those detained, is no longer in the custody of the Irish police, said a person familiar with the matter. Both Irish and U.S. authorities declined to provide further details. […]
Others worry about the impact of the arrests. Rev. John B. Rochford, a Baptist minister and administrator of the South East Refugee Information Center, compared the situation to the plight of the Irish decades ago, when they were frequently suspected of terrorism.
Some residents also said they were upset about the media’s portrayal of the Islamic religion in recent coverage of the terror-related arrests.
Sheikh Ahmed, 45, a law student at the Waterford Institute of Technology, said some coverage in the tabloids–including images of Osama bin Laden–hurts the Muslim community by stirring up tensions.
“It’s really shocking to us,” he said. “Islam means peace. Can you make peace with terrorism?”