After any attack by radical Islamic extremists, there’s a segment of the far left that’s more concerned with how this will alter the perception of Muslims than those who were killed and wounded during the attack. Sure the attack was bad, but the Islamophobia it will produce is worse, they’ll argue. Recall this was Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s stated “greatest fear” following the San Bernardino terror attacks last December, which left 14 people dead and 22 seriously injured.
We’ve never seen these same people concerned about how a mass public shooting will negatively alter the public’s perception of law-abiding gun owners — but, then again, consistency has never been a characteristic of the left.
It hasn’t even been two weeks since the terrorist bombing in New York City (and New Jersey), and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is responding not by strengthening security in his city — but by catering to the feelings of Muslims.
Via the Daily Caller:
A press release from the city on Monday explained the reasoning for the new anti-anti-Islam efforts: “Across the country, hateful speech has made Muslim residents the target of misguided attacks and threats, especially in the aftermath of terrorist incidents,” states a press release from the city.
The city is targeting Muslims for community outreach efforts, “including issuing a new multilingual fact sheet explaining protections against religious discrimination with a focus on Muslim communities and a new multilingual brochure on religious protections under NYC Human Rights Law with practical examples to identify discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations.”
On Monday, the city launched a new digital ad campaign that features pictures of Muslims with captions that read, “I am Muslim. I am NYC.” The ads continue in smaller print: “New Yorkers of all faiths deserve to live safely and free from discrimination. In NYC, it’s illegal to discriminate against or harass someone based on their religion or creed. #IAmMuslimNYC”
Note to the city: someone might want to clue the radical Islamists in on that whole not discriminating against or harassing someone based on their religion. That’s pretty much exactly what the radical Islamists are trying to do.
Next spring, the city’s Commission on Human Rights is launching a “citywide public information and integrated multiplatform marketing campaign on combating xenophobia and embracing religious diversity in New York City.”
Then, in the summer and fall of next year, the commission is collaborating with other city agencies in launching a “toolkit for government agencies and non-profits to improve cultural competency with faith-based communities.”
“Now more than ever, it is important for every New Yorker to stand united as one city and reject hate and violence,” de Blasio said.
If they’re really worried about Islamist attacks provoking Islamophobia, you know what else could solve the problem? Making sure such attacks never happen in the first place.
Of course, such efforts are likely to only exacerbate an already-present “chilling effect” — citizen reluctances to report legitimately suspicious activity for fear of being branded a bigot — which could prevent future attacks like the ones two weeks ago. It only makes sense, right? But, then again, sense is in short supply these days from the left.
Yet another chilling example of what Col. West is talking about when he warns, when tolerance becomes a one-way street, it leads to cultural suicide.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]