Don’t worry about terrorism; worry about workplace violence?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Sep 29, 2014

The Oklahoma beheading, analysts solemnly tell us, was an act of workplace violence, not terrorism. They explain that the killer acted on his own; he was apparently not in contact with any terrorist group.

Why doesn’t that reassurance make us feel any better? Because if you’re worried about being beheaded, you’re not necessarily concerned with your potential assailants’ motives. If there’s a potential killer out there who might be moved to homicidal violence becaue he doesn’t like the color of your necktie, that’s still a problem.

In Oklahoma, the accused killer’s motivation was, it seems, work-related. But there’s no way to ignore the other factor that pops out of the story: his recent conversion to Islam.

The Islamic State, which is classified as a terrorist group, beheads victims. An isolated man in Oklahoma, who is classified as an alienated employee, beheads his victim. There’s a unmistakable connection here. Let’s be honest. It’s not formal membership in a terrorist organization that worries us; it’s Islam.

Are we wrong to worry about Islam? If so, the peaceful behavior of our Muslim neighbors will eventually allay those fears. Public officials and TV analysts, by denying what seems so obvious, only inflame them.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Sep. 30, 2014 11:33 AM ET USA

    We saw a similar dog and pony show from the feds when Muslim psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan shot up Ft Hood in 2009. Both he and the OK beheader proclaim loudly their fidelity to the teachings of Mohammed, and in both cases Obama's DOJ (and presumably Obama himself) refuses to take their words at face value. As I have said before, Obama may not be a Muslim, but he is very useful to the worldwide Muslim terrorist enterprise. He covers for their crimes at every turn. No one should trust this man.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 29, 2014 7:33 PM ET USA

    Then there is this: “Oklahoma Beheader Linked to Al Qaeda Leader Awlaki, Boston Bomber’s Mosque,” by Jordan Schachtel, Breitbart, September 27, 2014. Is anyone awake at DOJ?