Is the Media a Co-Defendant in an Anti-Muslim Hate Crime?

Randy Linn in his arrest photo from the Allen County Sheriff's Department.(Photo: Allen County Sheriff's Dept.)

Randy Linn in his arrest photo from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.
(Photo: Allen County Sheriff’s Dept.)

What caused a 52-year-old former Marine to leave his home in Indiana and drive for 2 hours to a Mosque in Ohio, with the intention to burn it down? According to Randy Linn, it was television’s constant portrayal of Muslims as wanting to do nothing more than kill Americans. After some heavy drinking, Linn made his way to the Mosque, carrying a firearm. He broke in and started the fire. He went room to room presumably to do God only knows what. Fortunately no one was at the Mosque at the time. Also fortunately, the sprinkler system kicked in and extinguished the flames. Randy Linn was later caught after being identified in surveillance photos.

In court, when asked whether he thought all Muslims were terrorists, Linn responded in the affirmative. Continue reading →

Palestine: What does the future hold?

The last few weeks have seen an increase in hostilities and ultimately a ceasefire in Gaza along with the United Nations recognizing Palestine as a non-member State. With all the tension, drama, and confusion in a region known for instability, the world wonders what is next? Having decided to resume my podcast, I have asked two of my dear friends Qasim Rashid and Imam Sami Shamma to join me in a discussion about this topic and to share their experiences, thoughts, and ideas about the region, the people, and the issues facing Israel, Palestine, and the world.

I happen to believe that now the time is ripe for serious negotiations that are fair, balanced, and have the direct goal(s) of bringing stability to a part of the world that desperately needs it. I hope that our timely discussion will help spark interest in those who have not had much or any and engage those who  do by getting them to share their ideas concerning what we can all do to help bring about a lasting peace.

Please Join me on the relaunch of The American Muslim Podcast and each and every Sunday from 12-12:30pm Eastern time on blogtalkradio.