The man who attempted to murder a Philadelphia police officer last week has said he did it in the name of Allah, but the reason he gives along with that is what particularly made me head desk:
Capt. James Clark, commander of the homicide unit, told CNN the suspect said to investigators: “I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State and that’s why I did what I did.”
Clark said: “He just kept on echoing those sentiments and he wouldn’t give us anything more than that.”
The alleged gunman was identified as Edward Archer, of Yeadon, a Philadelphia suburb, police said.
Archer allegedly confessed to carrying out what Ross described as a “cowardly act” in the name of Islam.
“According to him, he believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran,” the police commissioner said.
It takes some hubris to lecture others about the inadequacy of their laws after you just tried to murder someone. We can only assume if this man and his religion acquired influence over our laws that the prohibition against murdering those with whom you disagree would be the first to go.
How better a world it would be if people held compassion above religion such that if a book commanded murder it was the book that was discarded, not the humanity.