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originally posted by: VirusGuard
Blacks in the USA are the same slaves as they were two hundred years ago except they thought they were free and are now starting to see this and they are only one notch above the rest of us in the new police state known as the USA.
Wait - aren't you always scoffing at people being PC? Guess it doesn't matter until it hits you personally, huh?
And people are blaming Islam? Muslims don't go beheading people if they loose a job for God's sake! This man is a product of society, not Islam.
American Muslims come from various backgrounds, and are one of the most racially diverse religious groups in the United States according to a 2009 Gallup poll. Native-born American Muslims are mainly African Americans who make up about a quarter of the total Muslim population. Many of these have converted to Islam during the last seventy years. Conversion to Islam in large urban areas has also contributed to its growth over the years.
The Muslim population of the U.S. increased dramatically in the 20th century, with much of the growth driven by a comparatively high birth rate and immigrant communities of mainly Arab and South Asian descent. About 72% of American Muslims are immigrants or "second generation". In 2005, more people from Islamic countries became legal permanent United States residents — nearly 96,000 — than in any year in the previous two decades. In 2009, more than 115,000 Muslims became legal residents of the United States.
Conversion to Islam in U.S. prisons,
High rate of conversions to Islam
In addition to immigration, the state, federal and local prisons of the United States may be a contributor to the growth of Islam in the United States. J. Michael Waller claims that Muslim inmates comprise 17-20% of the prison population in New York, or roughly 350,000 inmates in 2003. He also claims that 80% of the prisoners who "find faith" while in prison convert to Islam. These converted inmates are mostly African American, with a small but growing Hispanic minority. Waller also asserts that many converts are radicalized by outside Islamist groups linked to terrorism, but other experts suggest that when radicalization does occur it has little to no connection with these outside interests.
Concern in United States
Concern over jailhouse conversions to Islam first rose in 2001 when Imam Warith Deen Umara, Islamic chaplain for the New York State prison system, was reported to have praised the September 11 attacks. This prompted members of Congress to call for an investigation of Islam in the nation’s prisons.
In a 2004 report, the Justice Department faulted the prison system for failing to protect against “infiltration by religious extremists.” However, the report made clear that the problem was not radical chaplains, but, rather extremist inmates running worship services.
Mark S. Hamm, a criminologist at Indiana State University, describes a phenomenon he calls "prison Islam." This consists of "small gang-like cliques that use cut-and-paste versions of the Koran" to give a religious patina to violent and criminal activities. Hamm has identified five such examples since 2005, notably the 2005 Los Angeles bomb plot.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: stellawayten
His colour of skin, his nation of origin, his professed faith, none of these are strictly relevant to his subnormal behaviour.
The fact is, that everything we know about this person, speaks to an inability to make informed life choices, an inability to align himself with the healthier aspects of living in a society larger than one's self, and a propensity for behaviour which defies logic and reason.
To my mind, his individual psychopathology has more to do with the reasons behind the appalling crime he committed after being fired. It is perfectly possible that he felt victimised by humanity, like the punchline in a cosmic joke, and rather than suck it up, like everyone else who wakes up feeling that way, he lost his crap, and cut off a womans head, before shanking some other lady. Also, the victimology could be interesting. Both assaults were against women, which speaks not to his religious beliefs, but to his insecurity as a man, perhaps he thought himself unable to confront a male with the same surity of purpose.
All we can say for certain at this time, is that Muslim or otherwise, this man had a psychopathology and history which lead one to understand that it was a matter of time before he flipped. No matter whether he was somehow radicalised, or whether he was just died in the wool bonkers, this incident or something very much like it, was probable at some point on his time line.
However, the report made clear that the problem was not radical chaplains, but, rather extremist inmates running worship services.
Mark S. Hamm, a criminologist at Indiana State University, describes a phenomenon he calls "prison Islam." This consists of "small gang-like cliques that use cut-and-paste versions of the Koran" to give a religious patina to violent and criminal activities. Hamm has identified five such examples since 2005, notably the 2005 Los Angeles bomb plot