NEW YORK (WPIX) — The Muslim taxi cab driver brutally attacked this week by a college student met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall Thursday. Both men called for tolerance and for calm over the debate that has reached feverish pitch over the proposed mosque and Islamic center by the former World Trade Center site.
“Of course it was for my religion,” said Ahmed Sharif, the cabbie who was slashed several times when asked if there was any doubt he was attacked because he is Muslim.
Michael Enright, a 21 year-old Brewster, New York resident and a senior at the School of Visual Arts, is being held without bail. Enright recently volunteered to work on a documentary following soldiers serving in Afghanistan, and as a passenger in Sharif’s cab allegedly went on a slashing spree after learning the cabbie is Muslim.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says Enright was drunk at the time of his arrest and made a bizarre statement to police when he was taken into custody saying, “you’re violating my rights, I’m jewish.”
“This city must be safe for everyone,” said Sharif on the steps of City Hall, the father of 4 took the tone as a pitch man for tolerance.
Those around him are convinced his attack was fueled by the heated rhetoric over the Park51 proposal to build an Islamic Center and Mosque on Park Place, 2 blocks away from the former World Trade Center site.
Yup, fuck Islam. Religion of peace? My ass.
Don’t think for a second that this guy isn’t a terrorist, thankfully, no one was hurt; but that doesn’t change the nature of this guy’s crime.
On the 36th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, a man smashed his SUV into the entrance of the Planned Parenthood office in St. Paul this morning.
Although staff members have gotten used to protests, particularly on the anniversary of the ruling, “we certainly don’t expect this sort of thing,” said Sarah Stoesz, the president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. “”It’s never happened before and we don’t expect it to happen again.”
The 32-year-old man was arrested and is expected toÂ be charged Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault, said police spokesman Peter Panos.
“We think it’s intentional because of Roe vs. Wade,” Panos said. “He’s not saying much. He was praying or chanting when the officers arrived.”
Panos also said the incident was unusual. “Usually we have some demonstrations there on this day, but someone doing actual damage is very, very rare,” he said.
Several employees were in the building at the time, said Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Kathi Di Nicola. She said the SUV hit the front door of the clinic two or three times, damaging the clinic’s front door and surrounding stonework.
When Di Nicola arrived at the clinic, she said the man had gotten out of the SUV and was pacing around it, holding a crucifix and chanting. “He was agitated and he was saying, ‘shut down this Auschwitz,’ ” she said.
About 7:40 a.m., the man drove his truck onto the sidewalk in front of the office and rammed into the front door of the office on Ford Parkway, Panos said.
“The damage ended up being minor and things were cleaned up while we diverted patients to another entrance,” Stoesz said. “It shook people up a little bit, but the staff responded in a very calm way.”
Â I had to repost the whole article, it’s such a laugh. Christians have been persecuted throughout history! We atheists are gonna convert them all! To war! P.S. Merry Shopmas!
Vernon (WTNH) _ A sign posted by Atheists in the Rockville’s Central Park has people talking,Â prompting calls to the town hall and the local clergy.
The Connecticut Valley Atheists posted the three-sided sign, which some call a billboard, and it was the only sign in the town center marking the Holiday season.Â Two sides of the display feature the Twin Towers, framed by the words “Imagine No Religion.”
This Christmas, Martha Chennelle and Amy Houser say Vernon could use a few prayers, considering the sign standing in front of town hall.
“We believe that Christ is the reason for Christmas,” saidÂ Chennelle.
“I feel like this is an attack on my beliefs as a religious person,” said Houser.
The sign, put up by the Connecticut Valley Atheist Group, which was supposed to mark the winter solstice, but the “Imagine No Religion” part of it, taken from John Lennon’s song, “Imagine,” has a lot of people upset.
Houser says the sign mocks her religion during a holy time of the year.Â “Imagine no religion is an attack against me, as any person of faith should take it as an attack against them,” Houser said.
The town issued permits to the Atheist group to put the sign in the park.Â They also issued permits to a group of churches that plans to put a nativity scene and to a local synagogue to put up a menorah.
Dennis Himes, a Vernon resident, and member of CT Valley Atheists, says he was tired of seeing Christian displays.
“There are plenty of places to put up nativity scenes in Vernon.Â The original question that started this controversy was not whether a nativity scene would be put up in Vernon,” said Dennis Himes of Vernon.Â “The question was whether the nativity scene would be put in front of a church or in front of town hall, on government property.
Himes also says that the picture of the Twin Towers is meant to show that without religion, 9-11 wouldn’t have happened.Â A suggestion that has upset Muslims, as well.
“This is an attack,” said Houser.
Chennelle and Houser have been fighting back with prayer.
“We ultimately believe that Christians have been persecuted throughout history,” said Houser, “so this is nothing new.”
According to the Hartford Courant town officials issued the Atheists a permit to put up the sign to commemorate the Winter Solstice.Â Permits were also issued to local churches and a synagogue to put up their own displays.
Yesterday the town of Rockville put up a large Christmas Tree, just 10 feet from the display.
Yup, Atheist Crusades, Atheist Inquisition, Atheist Witch Trials, Atheist Suicide Bombers.. man, us atheists are responsible for the worst atrocities known to man.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, in a new encyclical released on Friday, said atheism was responsible for some of the “greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice” in history.
The 75-page “Spe Salvi”, which takes its Latin title from a quote by St Paul (in hope we were saved), is an appeal to a pessimistic world to find strength in Christian hope.
In the second encyclical of his papacy, Benedict urges Christians to put their hope for the future in God and not in technology, wealth or political ideologies which can often be deluding.
Atheism could be regarded by some as a “type of moralism”, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries, to protest against the injustices of the world and world history, he said.
Reciting arguments made by atheists, he said: “A world marked by so much injustice, innocent suffering, and cynicism of power cannot be the work of a good God. A God with responsibility for such a world would not be a just God, much less a good God.”
History has proven wrong ideologies such as Marxism which say humans had to establish social justice because God did not exist, the Pope wrote.
“It is no accident that this idea has led to the greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice,” the Pope said. Such a concept was grounded in “intrinsic falsity”.
Marxism, the Pope wrote, had left behind “a trail of appalling destruction” because it failed to realize that man could not be “merely the product of economic conditions”.