Conservatives have far more people who personify these fears and other feelings; it is far more from the conservative side of ideology that we have rampant Islamophobia, and the need and desire to arm themselves as a result. Thees are the people who are willing not only to arm themselves, but to take action against their fellow citizens, the other people who live in this nation and society, and against the government that they fear. Fear drives them. Hatred of those perceived to be other or different drives them. Their presumption of rightness and their false perception of being superior, of being more exceptional, more deserving, more righteous than other people drives them to act in the most heinous possible ways - lie this.
Fear and hatred bring out the worst in people, when they act like this; never the best. It turns these self-righteous and self-congratulatory ignorant asses into themselves becoming the very thing they profess to hate.
They become the terrorists they claim to hate.
It is not fact based, it is not rational, it is not objective thinking or action. It is emotional, it is ill-informed, misinformed, disinformed thinking that leads to actions like this. The guilt, the blame, the responsibility for fomenting these actions lies with sources like Rush Limbaugh, Faux Nuissance, Glenn Beck, Pam Geller, Jihad Watch, and the many other highly partisan sources that get their power by promoting their agenda of hatred and paranoia.
This is the price, a society where people are less free, less safe, less able in practice (as contrasted with theory) to pursue their freedom of religion.
From MSNBC.com and the AP:
Cops investigate firebomb attacks on NYC Muslims
Islamic center, two homes and a deli targeted; 60 firefighters battle blaze at houseNEW YORK — Authorities were investigating after reports that Molotov cocktails were thrown at an Islamic center and several other properties in New York City late Sunday.The Fire Department of New York said a blaze outside the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation building in Queens was brought under control quickly after a call came in at about 9 p.m. Sunday.
No injuries were reported. There was minor damage to a door.
Fire marshals and police were investigating the purported attack.
The building on the Van Wyck Expressway in the Jamaica section houses a school and religious spaces.
Police also said they were investigating whether there were possible links to fires at a deli about four miles away and two nearby homes.
Starbucks bottles The New York Times reported that police believed Muslims were being targeted in each of the four attacks.
The paper said that in three of the attacks, the Molotov cocktails used were made with Starbucks bottles.
The Times said the Islamic center was one of the most prominent Shiite mosques in New York.
The paper said an attack on a home on 107th Avenue caused the most damage. The house caught fire and 60 firefighters worked for about 40 minutes to deal with the blaze.
The other attack on a house caused little damage, the Times said. Two bottles were thrown from a vehicle at the home, on 170th Street, a Fire Department spokesman said the person who called 911 reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.