The mainstream media line after any jihad attack or foiled plot is not about how Muslims are working to prove their loyalty to America and redoubling their efforts to root out the jihadists within their communities. It is not about how they’re instituting programs in mosques and Islamic schools to teach against the jihadist understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah. Instead, it is about how Muslims are victims, fearing a “backlash” that never quite materializes.
“Oregon Muslim leaders fear retribution after plot,” by Jonathan Cooper and Nigel Duara for the Associated Press, November 29 (thanks to Elias):
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Patrols around mosques and other Islamic sites in Portland have been stepped up as Muslim leaders expressed fears of retribution, days after a Somali-American man was accused of trying to blow up a van full of explosives during the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams said Sunday that he beefed up protection around mosques “and other facilities that might be vulnerable to knuckle-headed retribution” after hearing of the bomb plot.
I wonder if he has beefed up protection around sites that might be targets of another jihad attack.
The move followed a fire Sunday at the Islamic center in Corvallis, a college town about 75 miles southwest of Portland, where suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud occasionally worshipped, prompting an FBI arson investigation and concern about the potential for more retaliation….
Earlier Sunday, worshippers at the damaged Islamic center expressed concern about retribution.
“I’ve prayed for my family and friends, because obviously if someone was deliberate enough to do this, what’s to stop them from coming to our homes and our schools?” said Mohamed Alyagouri, a 31-year-old father of two who worships at the center. “I’m afraid for my children getting harassed from their teachers, maybe from their friends.”
Yosof Wanly, the center’s imam, said he was thinking about temporarily relocating his family because of the possibility of hate crimes.
“We know how it is, we know some people due to ignorance are going to perceive of these things and hold most Muslims accountable,” Wanly said. But he said Corvallis has long been accepting of Muslims.
Meanwhile, even the jihadist himself is a victim:
Omar Jamal, first secretary for the Somali mission to the United Nations in New York City, told The Associated Press his office has received “thousands of calls” from Somalis in the United States who are concerned about tactics used by federal agents in the sting operation against Mohamud….