We have all found ourselves associated with a group of people. For a society that wants us all to get along and live in peace, we have the most labels. We are Protestant, Catholic, agnostic/atheist. We are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian.
So, there should be some understanding in being misunderstood. We have all run into to those who tell us what we are, think, and or believe. And ninety-nine percent of the time, they have no clue of what is real. So to hear that a Muslim student at OSU feared being misunderstood while he prayed is not a surprise. But who he is might surprise you.
Christian News reports
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim; it’s not what the media portrays me to be,” Artan said. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads, so they’re just going to have it, and it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”
So, who is this transfer student? He is Abdul Razak Ali Artan who yesterday morning plowed his car through evacuating students before attacking them with a knife. Apparently, he had pulled the fire alarm and/or had help in doing so. Artan then waited on the students to exit the building.
This speaks volumes toward the debate of Muslims in the U.S. We are often told that the terrorist is an extremist and on the fringe. We hear that most Muslims are ashamed and abhor the violence to which these terrorists resort.
So, we have to ask: what was the bridge from the scared Muslim to the extremist who told the world that they would tirelessly attack us?
Christian News continues
The attacker at Ohio State University who plowed into a group of students on campus and then began stabbing people with a knife reportedly posted remarks just prior to the attack, declaring, “We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims.”
What is the link?