Terrorism Against Jacksonville, Florida Islamic Community Goes Under-Reported
Hey, have you heard about all the terrorist attacks that have been going on down in the Jacksonville, Florida region? Probably not, actually, because the would-be victims of these attacks have been members of Florida's Islamic community, and I'm pretty sure they aren't deemed eligible by the media to be victims of terrorism. Which is too bad, because they are getting terrorized like the dickens!
Back in May, someone planted and detonated a pipe bomb at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida while 60 people were inside. Fortunately nobody was hurt. But despite the fact that this bomber managed to do what Captain Crotchfire Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad couldn't do -- successfully explode a device -- the event failed to get as much media attention, for, you know, some reason.
Flashforward to this week, and we find that "a Florida Muslim leader named Joshua Evans was at the center of an anthrax scare, when he received a 'tissue stuffed inside with white powder' in the mail." As Amanda Terkel points out:
What is disturbing about this incident is that it is the third high-profile anti-Islamic incident in the Jacksonville, FL area in recent months. As ThinkProgress reported in April, when University of North Florida professor and Fulbright scholar Parvez Ahmed went before the city council for confirmation to the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, he had to answer irrelevant questions "about gay marriage, God, Islam and prayer in public places." Another councilman mocked him for being Muslim and requested that he "say a prayer to your God" during a public hearing.
Sounds like a charming community!