Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers accused of bombing the Boston
Marathon, angrily disrupted a January talk at a Cambridge mosque when a
speaker compared the Prophet Mohammed and the peace activist Martin
Luther King Jr., the second time in recent months that Tsarnaev’s
radical theology collided with mainstream Muslim faith at a public
In the days since the suspects were
identified last week, a picture has emerged of 26-year-old Tamerlan
Tsarnaev — the elder of the two brothers, who was killed Friday in the
battle with police — as an increasingly militant immigrant, whom family
members described as unhappy and mean.
disrupting the talk in January at the Islamic Society of Boston mosque
in Cambridge, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s shouted at a speaker: “You are a
Kafir” – a nonbeliever, according to Yusufi Vali, a spokesman for the
mosque. Tsarnaev went on to say the speaker was contaminating people’s
minds, and accused him of being a hypocrite.
The congregation disagreed, according to Vali, and “shouted him out of the mosque” on Prospect Street.
Take a swing through the rightwing blogosphere and you’ll learn that
all Muslims believe the same things because the Koran has crazy,
genocidal passages like this:
Suppose you hear
in one of the towns Allah is giving you that some worthless rabble among
you have led their fellow citizens astray by encouraging them to
worship foreign gods. In such cases, you must examine the facts
carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that such a detestable
act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and completely
destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you
must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put
the entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to Allah. That town
must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the
plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then Allah will turn
from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion
on you and make you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your
ancestors. “Allah will be merciful only if you obey him and keep
all the commands I am giving you today, doing what is pleasing to him.”
Oops, sorry. That’s the Bible.
Where it reads “Allah,” go ahead and substitute “the Lord your God.”
Not sure how I got things all mixed up like that. We regret the error.
It’s weird. It looks like the congregation at the Cambridge mosque
treated Tsarnaev the way you hope a Christian congregation would treat
someone using that Bible verse to call for genocide. It looks like maybe
all Muslims don’t believe the same things and even that the terrorist interpretation of Koran verses is the minority view.
Throwing all Muslims in the same pigeonhole is ignorant, bigoted, and
un-American. This belief on the right is just a way for cowards to
justify being jerks. And worse, they’re ignorant, bigoted, un-American,
cowardly jerks who are also lazy — because the only reason you’d believe
it is because it’s too complicated to try to figure out who’s a
criminal and who’s not. You just throw all Muslims in the criminal pile
and be done with it, because you’re an intellectually lazy and immoral
slob who’d rather prosecute the innocent than determine guilt on an