By Andrew L. Jaffee
Mac Brachman was kind enough to point out that the Iranian immigrant who beat 3 relatives to death with a hammer in Chicago may not have been Muslim. I have researched the issue and cannot find anything definitive, but I post Mr. Brachman’s comments here nonetheless:
Mr. Jaffee: Please read the local (Chicago) articles more closely. These Iranian immigrants happened to be CHRISTIANS, not Muslims. I’m Jewish, very pro-Israel, and very anti-Islamofascist, but Islamic extremism does not appear to have been a factor in this case. This was an immigrant man, unable to find work, who apparently went off his nut and murdered his wife, her sister, and both women’s mother in a fit of possibly psychotic rage, then turned the hammer on himself in a failed attempt at suicide. It does not help the cause of anti-Islamofascism to assume that every bit of psychotic murder carried out by a Middle Easterner is done in the name of extremist Islam. Such thinking is merely bigotry. …
The news articles say that Mr. Ebrahami and the murdered members of his family were Assyrians, refugees from Iran. As in Iraq, Assyrians in Iran are an ethnic minority who are overwhelmingly Christians. The 55-year-old accused murderer said that the women had “disrespected” him, apparently when he was unable to find work. The couple’s young daughter (niece of the murdered sister-in-law and granddaughter of the murdered mother-in-law) was not harmed and survives. Mr. Jaffee, you need to correct your mistake online both on your website and on Israpundit. Please do so before you bring discredit to all who fight Islamofascism.