On September 27,2014 the Chicago Tribune had these two articles on the very same page.
Headline: “Sweeping Fed Profiling Ban Expected Soon”. Summary: The justice department will issue a broad new policy in the coming two to three weeks banning religious and other forms of profiling by federal law enforcement officers. The new policy will cover ethnicity and sexual orientation as well as religion.
Under the current rules approved after 9/11 law enforcement agencies were given broad latitude to monitor certain religious groups. Really, and what would those groups be? Maybe some of those dudes who are going over to ISIS training camps. So every day we are being told we are facing certain danger here at home from a certain religious group. Now the justice department is telling us that they are going to protect that religious group from undue profiling.
Immediately below that story was the story about the beheading of a co-worker in Oklahoma. A black man, a recent convert to Islam, killed and beheaded a co-worker, and was in the process of killing a second when another employee who heard the screams stepped in and shot the killer. This happened in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. We know that from the terrible tornadoes that hit Moore a year ago.
Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said police are waiting until Alton Nolen, 30, is conscious to arrest him in Thursday’s attack and have asked the FBI to help investigate after co-workers at Vaughan Foods in the south Oklahoma City suburb told authorities that he recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam. Nolen had recently converted to Islam, according to the co-workers.
Immediately after being fired, Nolen reportedly drove to the entrance of the business and started attacking co-workers at random. He allegedly beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, several times before he was shot and stopped by Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the company’s chief operating officer.
Have we lost our mind in this country? Where was Al Sharpton telling us about the unfairness of a white man shooting a black man armed only with a knife? Where were all the gun control advocates?
In the midst of a beheading in our own country, which was on page 7 by the way, we are told our justice department is so concerned about the rights of Muslims in America that they will curtail police activity that might spare another beheading.
Tell that to the families of Ms. Hufford and Ms. Johnson.