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Fort Hood & Political Correctness

I know the phrase "political correctness" tends to be overused. But it's still a useful term. The adjective before "correctness" suggests that it is something to be distinguished from plain old ordinary correctness. And perhaps that it isn't really correctness.

The Fort Hood shootings do a good job of illustrating this. A lot of people are saying we shouldn't make blanket judgments about Muslims from this incident. So far so good. I'm in complete agreement with that. I know lots of  Muslims and none of them are anything like Major Hasan.

What I don't agree with is the attempt to whitewash any evidence that Hasan's actions were motivated by his faith.
According to eyewitnesses,  Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before the shooting. The mainstream media has been obfuscating this.
A good example can be found in this article at radioviceonline.com.  when CNN quoted a witness out of context on their website. The article on the website makes it looks as if he is not sure of his recollections. When the quote is given it's proper context, it can be seen that is not the case at all.
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True, there's a HUGE difference between "he's a terrorist and an extremist Muslim" and "he's a Muslim so he's extremist and might be a terrorist".

Although, I must admit SOME sympathy for the PC folks, given how there are people who are so quick to jump from "Muslim" to "terrorist". Although the proportion of such people in America has been vastly exaggerated, so I hear.
Thanks for the thoughtful response, and apologies for the delay in addressing it.

I agree with you that determining someone's motives is a tricky business. My point was that some people are bending over backwards to obscure any link between Hasan's faith and his shooting rampage, and I think political correctness is to blame.

That's what the CNN webpage did. The soldier in question, who said he had heard Hasan say "Allah Akbar" is also quoted as saying "with that much adrenaline, you tend to forget things". This was in reference to his lack of fear during the situation, but the article makes it look like he's talking about his recollections of Hasan. It puts the quotes much closer together than they were in the actual interview.

You may be skeptical about his recollections, and that's fine. But you shouldn't be nudged along to that conclusion by bad reporting.