Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Islamaphobia

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Internet Rage
Take a deep breath, and count to 10 - in this day and age, a rant could get you fired!

Hate filled comments posted by a city employee in New York against a Muslim teenager on Facebook, has cost him to be suspended and may even cost him his job.

Yamin Zohny, a 17-year-old Muslim and an honor student at the Lindenhurst High School was praised in a video posted on Facebook. However, things took a bad turn, when Andy Vita, posted comments criticizing Zohny of the traditional head scarf that she was wearing in the video.

“F**k you take it to f******* trash bag off your f***** head,” and the second read, “F**k this mutt,” read one of the comment(s).

Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer was fast to condemn Vita’s action. “This is one really sick person that needs to be held accountable for his actions,” Rich Schaeffer told CBS New York. “There is going to be consequences to what you say. People have to realize when you’re posting something on Facebook of social media, it’s like putting it on a billboard on the LIE.”

“Mandated to apologize in-person to this impressive young woman and go through sensitivity training so that we can determine the cause of the hate-driven anger he displayed in his posting,” he added.

“Vita — an equipment operator — now has no comment, and there was no response at his home or from his union. He’s been suspended for a month without pay, and the town is seeking his termination for conduct unbecoming of a public employee. If he remains he will be sent to sensitivity training,” CBS reported.

Zohny, on the other hand, has been offered a paid internship with the city, before she heads off to The University of Texas at Austin for college.

She had expressed that Vita’s remarks helped her become an even better person.  “We can’t all save the world obviously, but we can help it, even the people who have not been kind to me have taught me something I’m going to take with me,” she stated.

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islamaphobia

Saadiq Long, an American convert to Islam who cited bigotry and Islamophobia as the reasons why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) placed him on a no-fly list two years ago, has been arrested in Turkey because of his suspected terror ties to ISIS.

According to Patrick Poole writing for PJ Media earlier this week, Long and seven others were arrested near the Turkey-Syria border on suspicion of being part of a terrorist cell – an arrest confirmed by U.S. and Turkish officials. Quoting Poole’s report:

“It’s a long way from 2013 when Saadiq Long’s cause was being championed by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Glenn Greenwald, and Mother Jones, and was being represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) terror front.

His story got considerable media attention when his CAIR media representatives here pushed the story that Long wanted to return to his native Oklahoma from his current home in Qatar to visit his ailing mother but couldn’t because he was on the TSA’s no-fly list. They said his case represented institutional “Islamophobia.”

Long, a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran living in Qatar, received worldwide attention when left wing media outlets and Islamic organizations reported that he was forbidden to fly to his native Oklahoma to visit his ailing mother due to Islamophobia – a story that his news media sympathizers described as being “exiled” from his homeland.

Media scrutiny of Long’s treatment by DHS led the agency to remove Long’s name from the no-fly list which allowed him to fly to his mother’s side in Oklahoma. After his return, Long said FBI agents showed up to his mother’s house and began following him. Shortly thereafter, Long’s name was again placed on the no-fly list again preventing him from returning to his adopted country of Qatar.

What followed is a textbook reaction to the government’s efforts to safeguard the nation from terrorist attack.

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations pushed Long’s story as an rank example of Islamophobia and bigotry – a narrative picked up by Mother Jones news and renewed coverage by MSNBC.

As we go to press, CAIR and MSNBC have not reported the news of Long’s recent arrest in Turkey on terror ties to ISIS. What’s more, CAIR and MSNBC cannot claim that Turkey is guilty of Islamophobia since it is a secular Islamic nation.

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