Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Christian Soldiers, Muslim Terrorists

There's a discussion going around the internets over whether George Tiller's killer could be considered a terrorist (see here, for example, via Sullivan). There's much back and forth on the matter.

But has anyone noticed that the "Muslim convert" who shot two army recruiters yesterday has been charged with terrorist activity (15 counts)?

[Police Chief Stuart Thomas] said the gunman targeted the military but was not believed to be part of a broader scheme.

Interviews with police showed that Muhammad "probably had political and religious motives for the attack," the police chief said.

Thomas said Muhammad would be charged with first-degree murder, plus 15 counts of committing a terroristic act. He said those counts result from the gunfire occurring near other people.

I guess when it comes to defining "terrorist" the crucial distinction is whether you're Christian or Muslim.

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