I had a whole different post written for today but I changed my mind last night after I heard, many times, that the NAME of at least one of the shooters in San Bernardino, California was being held back.
His father clearly says he’s a devout Muslim. Fine.
So, what’s the deal? Will we never hear a Muslim name again if there is a shooting, or burglary or…whatever? We’ll hear JOHN SMITH. We’ll hear HANS SCHULTZ. We’ll hear Toshi Yamaguchi. We’ll hear SVEN LARSSON. As soon as they know, we’ll hear it. Right?
I am not insensitive to the fact that MUSLIM NAMES are a touchy subject these days and conclusions, right or wrong, can be jumped to because of them, and not good conclusions….one might think that means we actually do have something to be concerned about, no?
The Muslims who killed 14 people yesterday were apparently Americans…….we announce names in America, we don’t protect perps.
Whatever happens, whatever the story; LET’S TELL THEIR NAMES AS SOON AS WE’D ANNOUNCE ANY OTHER NAME. Let people jump to conclusions. Just TELL US. If someone who knows or lives near someone with that name, maybe they’ll come forward with information, maybe they’ll take better care around that person in case they see him, maybe it could save a LIFE if they let us know names as fast as they do anything but Muslims names?
We deserve to know. They’re people, not a protected species. I like to think most Muslims would agree with me on this.