I was watching CNN early this morning and saw a statement by the leader of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan (I'm probably spelling
that wrong, my apologies). Apparently the older sniper converted to the muslim religion under the Nation of Islam, attended the Million Man March and purportedly served as part of the security force. The "official" security gaurds of the Nation of Islam are called the "Fruit of Islam" - you'll see them with hats on that have the initials "FOI".
From the report I gathered that the Nation of Islam has come under question and has been questioned regarding the sniper. It's no secret that Minister Farrakhan has made inflammatory statements against white people in the past. Yet, I don't think anyone believes these sniper attacks were race-motivated.
For the record, I do not subscribe to all the teachings and preachings of the Nation of Islam. It does have it's good points in encouraging it's followers against drugs, proper diet, morality and attitude, YET, it still has it's controversy in it's treatment of women, the denouncing of other religions and it's history of disagreement with integration.
I mention this as I found Minister Farrakhan's statement to the press most interesting. He stated that when Timothy McVeigh was being investigated and prosecuted, his religion (T. McVeigh stated he was a Christian) did not come under fire. Because this sniper, another home-grown terrorist, was a muslim, his religion and religious ties came under question.
Interesting allegory. In a different time and a different place I would have agreed with Minister Farrakhan on this point. HOWEVER, since 9-11, like it or not, be it wrong or right, we feel under fire and under attack by Muslim extremists. Once bitten, twice shy, right?