Paul Cooper

Shocking Ad Blames Ground Zero Mosque Opponents for Cab Driver Stabbing

Posted on August 27 2010 12:00 pm
Paul Cooper is a husband and father above all else. With a wife and 2 daughters he could use a dog, but sadly he only owns a cat – a female cat no less. Paul is also a pastor, blogger, and business owner. Find him on Twitter.
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Who knew all those politicians had it out for this guy?

Just when you thought claims of Islamaphobia couldn’t get any worse, things just got a lot nastier.  It is almost hard to fathom, but a Leftist non-profit organization is now blaming every politician who didn’t do back flips for the mosque at Ground Zero for the stabbing of a Muslim cab driver.  The group even made a video presenting their insanity.

In case you missed it, Ahmed Sharif, a cabbie in Manhattan was stabbed pretty badly by 21-year old Michael Enright this week.  Countless press outlets and organizations immediately began to connect the act of violence with the protests against the Cordoba House mosque at Ground Zero.  An organization known as Agenda Project are the worst offenders of such a leap of logic and basic reasoning.  The group was founded by a former DNC staffer and has put out a web ad blaming politicians from both parties for the stabbing.

“By creating, perpetrating, or condoning a national atmosphere of hatred and fear; politicians of both parties are directly responsible for the attack on this man and for the increasing violence against Muslims across the country.” – Agenda Project

That claim is beyond senseless for several reasons.

1. It is idiotic to claim that being against a location for a mosque because of sensitivity to victims of 9-11 and an understanding of how Radical Islamists would view the building as a victory, somehow means you are creating an atmosphere of hatred and fear.  And to take it so far as to blame  concerned people for a separate act of violence is harmful and pathetic.

2. There is absolutely zero proof that there is increasing violence against Muslims in this country.  The only violence against Muslims that is increasing in America is by other Muslims when it comes to ‘honor’ killings and ‘honor’ violence.  In fact, do you want to know how many reported cases of violence against Muslims are by people acting out against Islam?  The most recent FBI stats come from 2008 and they list only 123 acts of anti-Islam crimes.  Compare that to over 1,000 against Jews just for being Jewish.  And New York city police are reporting no uptick in anti-Islam violence.

3. The Muslim cabbie attacker, Michael Enright has no connection with anti-Islam or even anti-Mosque groups.  In fact, he belongs to a church group that is officially supporting the building of the Cordoba House.  So far the only reasoning that can be found for Enright’s attack was a visit he made to Afghanistan where he felt like Afghan people were not respecting what the US soldiers had done for them.  I wonder if Agenda Project is ready to blame US troops for Sharif being stabbed now.

The Agenda Project group should be ashamed of themselves.  Propaganda like their video helps nothing and only hurts people.  If this is the tolerance that the Mosque is supposed to bring us, then let none of us have any remaining doubt that it should be built somewhere else.


Paul Cooper is a husband and father above all else.  With a wife and 2 daughters he could use a dog, but sadly he only owns a cat – a female cat no less.  Paul is also a pastor, blogger, and business owner.  Find him on  Twitter.

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