I know I already shared this story in the Misc. News thread, but I wanted to share another article providing more details and share some additional thoughts of my own.Mormon bishop fatally shot in California chapel; gunman killed
The man shot Sannar in the foot then pulled him into the foyer, where he shot him in the face, the other bishop said, citing witness reports.
Jordan said it does not appear anyone in the ward knew the shooter, who "is not a member of the church."
Absolutely nothing whatsoever about this on Huffington Post yet, and most news outlets are simply reprinting the generic AP article.
I have to wonder what kind of attention such a story would receive if it had been a Muslim cleric brutally murdered in his own mosque.
At this point, I am not jumping to any conclusions. I am not speculating as to the suspect's motives - I prefer to let the investigators sort all that out. All I can do is offer my heartfelt prayers for the victim's family and congregation - as well as the suspect's family.
But I believe that if the victim were a Muslim cleric, we would be seeing numerous articles and blogs out there immediately trying to link this heinous act to the Tea Party Movement, or to radical Christian fundamentalists, or other such perceived political enemies of the left.
Much like what happened with the NYC cabbie who got stabbed when a drunk man asked him if he was Muslim and he responded in the affirmative. In reality, the suspect in that case was nothing more than a drunkard whose motives are uncertain. He even worked or volunteered for a pro-Park51 ("Ground Zero Mosque") group!
It's quite apparent to me that the big box parties (Democrats AND Republicans) and their pundits in the media are using Muslims - and by extension the "Ground Zero Mosque" issue - as a "political football". Actually, make that religion in general. It's not about religious tolerance or protecting the First Amendment at all. It's about exploiting any and every news story and issue possible for political gain. The same goes for race, gender, abortion, and any other such controversial and divisive issue.
In the case of a Mormon bishop being murdered in his own church, there is apparently little to gain politically as evidenced by the attention (or lack, thereof) given to it.