In a press conference after Sayfullo Saipov’s vehicular jihad massacre in Manhattan, New York Deputy Police Commissioner John Miller said, “This isn’t about Islam, this isn’t about the mosque he attends.”
Yet Saipov had a massive amount of Islamic State material on his phone, and a note in his attack truck that said, “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” Clearly he thinks his attack was about Islam, even if Miller doesn’t.
And the NYPD suspected Saipov’s mosque of terror ties over a decade before his massacre. How, then, can Miller be sure that his mosque had nothing to do with the attack?
He can’t, of course. Miller is making his claim that the attack has nothing to do with Islam or Saipov’s mosque not on the basis of any evidence, but on the basis of fear.
Yes, fear. Miller is afraid that if he acknowledges the obvious Islamic character of Saipov’s attack, he will be accused of “Islamophobia,” and his career will be ruined.
A Police Commissioner is supposed to be an impartial investigator, going wherever the evidence takes him. But Miller has effectively announced that he is not an unbiased investigator, and will not pursue lines of inquiry that lead him to ask uncomfortable questions about Islam or Saipov’s mosque.
Miller is not singular. In fact, not just some, but most public officials today would do exactly what he is doing. But is it wise? What if Saipov’s crime does have something to do with Islam, and with his mosque? Wouldn’t that be useful to know in attempt to prevent future massacres of this kind? Knowing one’s enemy enables one to devise effective ways to counter him.
This is the focus of my new book, Confessions of an Islamophobe: how fear of being branded “Islamophobic” is causing massive numbers of people to perform their jobs incompetently, as in Miller’s case, and to overlook or excuse numerous human rights abuses that otherwise they would strongly oppose. Find out about the peculiar phenomenon of “Islamophobia,” and why it is so important to counter it — but not in the way John Miller thinks — in Confessions of an Islamophobe. Preorder your copy here now.