You might have heard the shocking story about 11 children being rescued from a filthy compound in Taos County, New Mexico, where they were being starved and abused, and police say some were being trained to be mass school shooters. Here’s what you might not have heard: the two men running it were Islamic radicals, or as the local sheriff put it, “extremists of the Muslim belief,” a statement corroborated by the FBI.
Why wouldn’t you have heard that rather important nugget of information? Because NBC, CBS and Time all failed to mention it in their reports, and CNN mentioned it at first, then removed it, and when pressed, downplayed it as unverified.
But wait, this isn’t the first example of political correctness trumping the truth and potentially putting lives in danger. And the men in New Mexico aren’t just any random Muslim believers. The New York Post reports that one of the arrestees is the son of Brooklyn imam Siraj Wahhaj, who heads the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque. The NYPD had the mosque under surveillance for a number of reasons: Wahhaj was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1990s plot to bomb New York City landmarks; it hosted a lecture by the “Blind Sheikh” who’s now serving a life sentence for his part in the Landmarks Plot; money raised by the mosque is believed to have been earmarked to a number of US-designated terrorist organizations; and its security personnel were suspected of being involved in illegal weapons trafficking and paramilitary training.
Seems like reason enough to keep an eye on the place. But not according to the ACLU, which intervened on the mosque’s behalf and got the surveillance halted. Details are at this link.
Nobody wants to see innocent Muslims falsely accused or houses of worship put under police surveillance purely because of their religious beliefs. But when the ACLU will no longer defend Americans for exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech or freedom of religion, but use religious freedom as an excuse to protect people suspected of plotting to commit mass murder, then it might be long past time for that organization to reexamine its priorities. It’s also long past time that some major news organizations reexamined what they consider to be “news.”