Jindal: It’s Only Terrorism If Muslims Do It

The double standard among conservatives over what constitutes terrorism has long been obvious. If a Muslim kills a bunch of people, that’s terrorism. When a right-wing extremist does it, that’s just a “lone wolf” with no connection to right-wing ideology at all. Bobby Jindal has this pattern down pat:

“This should never happen anywhere, but you certainly never imagine, you never imagine it would happen in Louisiana, never imagine it would happen in Lafayette,” the governor and presidential candidate said at a news conference late Thursday night.

Since he spoke, a clearer picture of the shooter, who held a number of right-wing beliefs and acted as a “lone wolf,” has emerged. But Jindal has yet to speak out about the individual and the threat of the radicalized right.

When mass shootings fit into Jindal’s view of “radical Islamic terrorists” posing the gravest threat to our country, he is quick to condemn the violence as acts of terrorism. But when the incidents are results of lax gun control laws and radical right-wing shooters — which more frequently lead to terrorism in the U.S. — he simply calls the situation tragic and is quick to move on.

After a shooter killed nine people in Charleston, South Carolina last month, Jindal called President Barack Obama’s calls for stricter gun control “completely shameful,” and like he did Thursday, offered only prayers. But when a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kuwait opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee earlier this month, Jindal released a statement saying the incident “certainly looks like an act of terrorism” and “underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by radical Islamic terrorism every single day.” He went on to say, “the truth is that radical Islam is at war with us, and we must start by being honest about that.”

To the Louisiana governor and many Republican lawmakers, when white men open fire in public places it is “tragic” and “awful,” but when the shooter has a connection to “Islamic extremism,” the act becomes terrorism.

Since 9/11, terrorism inside the United States has been committed more often by right-wing extremists than by Muslim extremists, and more people have died from those attacks as well. Yet if you dare to suggest that right-wing extremist ideology is to blame, conservatives scream to high heaven and feign terrible outrage over it. When a Muslim engages in terrorism, that’s an existential threat to the country and this is clearly a result of a twisted, violent ideology. Silly rabbit, consistency is for kids.

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  • John Pieret

    And how dare the government issue a report about right-wing terrorism or maintain a unit to try to track and prevent such terrorism?

  • busterggi

    Since 9/11? I’d bet that it’s more like since 1865 considering the KKK, the pro-nazis during the ’30’s, the neo-nazis after WWII, etc.

  • raven

    This Louisiana mass murderer was both a right wing extremist and…a fundie xian.

    Since 9/11, terrorism inside the United States has been committed more often by right-wing extremists than by Muslim extremists, and more people have died from those attacks as well.

    It’s about 2/3’s right wing extremists and xian terrorists.

    The two terrorist attacks nearest my house were both by fundie xians. The local mosque was firebombed by the local xians, a common occurrence any where in the USA.

  • Synfandel

    …but when the shooter has a connection to “Islamic extremism,” the act becomes terrorism.

    Or, ironically, given Mr. Jindal’s George Hamilton skin tone, when the shooter is swarthy or brown, whether any actual connection to Islamic extremism can be made or not.

  • blf

    jindal, v, 1 to make statements as absurd as those made Teh Trumprat; 2 repeatedly making absurd statements.

  • http://florilegia.wordpress.com Ibis3, These verbal jackboots were made for walking

    The most salient fact about this shooter seems to be to me that he was a misogynist. He chose to shoot at women attending a showing of a movie made by and starring a woman whose character flouts patriarchal control over her own sexuality. I’ve not seen that picked up on by media, politicians, or bloggers. Except for WHTM.

  • abear

    Ibis3: I don’t think anybody picked that up other than Futrelle because that is ridiculous.

    You do know that Dylan Roof said he shot up that black church because he didn’t want black men raping white women? Maybe he was one of those feminist terrorists?

  • eava

    abear, I don’t think Ibis3’s theory is ridiculous at all. That was one of my first thoughts once I heard about the shooter. And many of my friends, male and female, thought the same thing. And Dylann Roof is definitely a misogynist, the kind that thinks women’s sexuality belongs to him.

  • moarscienceplz

    How much you wanna bet his car radio is preset to a station that carries Limbaugh?

  • Lady Mondegreen

    Ibis3: I don’t think anybody picked that up other than Futrelle because that is ridiculous

    You might try reading the article before you reject its argument.

    What, exactly, is “ridiculous” about it? The murderer ranted against promiscuous women. He went to a showing of a movie about a promiscuous woman, and killed women.

    You do know that Dylan Roof said he shot up that black church because he didn’t want black men raping white women? Maybe he was one of those feminist terrorists?

    What feminist terrorists? Anti-feminists have murdered women before. You know of any actual feminist terrorists?

    And is it your contention that feminists parrot racist lies about black men raping white women?

    Dylan Roof’s motivation was racism. That’s pretty clear, but a great many people are in denial about the fact, and would probably assert “that is ridiculous.”

    You have a lot in common with those people.

  • abear

    #9-

    I happen to be a left of center Canadian, incidentally a supporter of Greenpeace in its’ early years. I listen to music in my car but have heard enough Limbaugh to know he is a right wing asshole fanatic. I find him to be repulsive, just as I find fanatics from religions, and the extreme left wing that are in many ways the best friends of the right wing extremists.

    #8-

    Hopefully you and your friends should look at all the facts of the matter before you decide things. First impressions aren’t always accurate and just because the herd agrees with you doesn’t mean you have it right.

  • eava

    Still haven’t seen you explain what is ridiculous about the idea that a man who hated feminism and feminists would target a movie writen by and staring a well known feminist that would likely have primarily women in the audience.

  • abear

    Dylan Roof’s motivation was racism. That’s pretty clear, but a great many people are in denial about the fact, and would probably assert “that is ridiculous.”

    You have a lot in common with those people.

    It’s obvious that Roof’s motive was racism and my point was that to think it was about feminism was ridiculous.

    So I have nothing to do with “those people”.

    I’m a bit confused as to why you automatically want to misstate my argument and be so hostile. Do you have some sacred belief that I questioned?

  • abear

    #12 He was an untreated, depressed unhappy old man that hated EVERYONE! not just women. Just before the shooting he was at a church ranting about how much he hated homosexual people, and he had years of anti-social behavior aimed at the usual suspects (Gubbiment, gays family, etc.).

    Is there information that he targeted the theater because of the feminist content of the film?

  • raven

    Abear the troll:

    Ibis3: I don’t think anybody picked that up other than Futrelle because that is ridiculous.

    Not its not.

    It’s the truth, something you could find out with a few seconds on Google. BTW, the two dead were both…women.

    Huffpo: Elizabeth LicorishBecome a fan

    Why the Louisiana Theater Shooting Should Be Called a Hate Crime

    It goes without saying: a man such as Houser would vehemently oppose a mainstream movie written by and starring one of America’s most famous and unapologetic feminists.

    When such a man, a noted “radical Republican,” who is “anti-abortion and anti-feminist,” shoots up a theater full of women at an Amy Schumer movie, his motive should hardly remain a mystery.

    Houser’s insistence on making public statements regarding his hatred of women is well-documented. The Washington Post reported Houser’s history with calling a string of televised talk shows to vent his frustrations over “high taxes and the growing power of women.”

    Former host of Georgia talk show “Rise and Shine” Calvin Floyd told The Washington Post he’d taken calls from Houser on “15 or 20 episodes,” because Houser “was radical, and when you’re looking for a person on a live show, taking calls, that’s what you want.”

    “He was anti-abortion. The best I can recall, Rusty had an issue with feminine rights. He was opposed to women having a say in anything,” said Floyd.

    Abear, you are a disgrace to Canada. To the human race. You belong in a fundie xian cult. Try the Mormons. They like stupid people and you will fit right in.

  • raven

    Montreal Gunman Kills 14 Women and Himself – NYTimes …

    www. nytimes. com/…/montreal-gunman-kills-14-w…

    Dec 7, 1989 – LEAD: A young man with a rifle killed 14 women and wounded 12 other people … The police said the gunman had singled out the women as his targets, …

    Canada has its dark side too. Lepine killed 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique.

    I hope abear is on the No Entry and Do Not Fly lists for the US. We have enough creeps of our own and don’t need any from the north.

    Oddly enough, I’m on a To Kill list from some guy in Montreal myself. He wants to cut my head off. Then again, there are so many people on DM’s list to kill that He has probably forgotten me by now.

  • jonathangray

    Since 9/11, terrorism inside the United States has been committed more often by right-wing extremists than by Muslim extremists,

    The distinction between “right-wing extremists” and “Muslim extremists” is an odd one, given that radical Islam is pretty “right-wing” by left-liberal standards. Presumably by “right-wing extremists” Ed means “non-Muslim right-wing extremists”. In which case, might it not be the case that the latter commit more terrorist acts in the United States than right-wing Muslim extremists because there are currently significantly more non-Muslims than Muslims in the United States?

  • Childermass

    In the traditional concept of terrorism, you are to give in and have the violence stop or you can continue and have them continue. I don’t think anyone can chose not to be black or not to be gay. Choosing not to be of one’s ethnicity or religion is not the most viable option either.

    So I offer a compromise. Instead of being Christian terrorists, we can be technically more correct by calling them Christian genocidal maniacs.

  • abear

    OOh, I disagreed with raven now I am an evil and stupid cult member! And should be put on the No Fly list. And I probably had something to do with the Polytechnique shooting!

    Futrelle and that dumbass Paul Elam are mirror images of each other and if you take what he says without confirming it from more reliable sources you are a fool, and if you throw a tantrum like raven did you are even more of a fool.

    Houser walked into a dark theater shooting people, yes he shot men too. There is no evidence he even knew what the movie was about nor did he state his motives, and to ascribe motives to his actions without having all the facts in hand is just rank speculation. Try getting some facts about the matter instead of just lapping up propaganda from your echo chamber blogs.

    Are you a mind reader raven? A clinical psychologist that interviewed Houser?

    Thanks for the name calling and personal attacks, you really made your side sound good.