Deception & Misdirection

The rising threat of Islamophobiaphobia

[Continuing our series on deception in politics and public policy.]

On December 5, the Daily News published this column by the hate-spewing columnist Linda Stasi.

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…which she promoted on Twitter.

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Here’s what she wrote:

They were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department. Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage.

There were 14 people killed by the terrorists. Stasi wrote that “13 innocent people are dead”—which means that, in her opinion, one of the people killed was not “innocent.”

His name was Nicholas Thalasinos. How was he not innocent? He was a Messianic Jew—that is, a Jew who saw Jesus as his Messiah. And he was a political conservative who, Stasi wrote, supported the NRA, joked about making Ann Coulter the secretary of homeland security, opposed Planned Parenthood, and was “the male equivalent of Pamela Geller.” Planned Parenthood, which gets more than half a billion dollars a year in taxpayers’ money, backs partial-birth abortion, which is seen by almost all Americans, including most liberals, as the killing of children; Geller is a human rights activist who is critical of mainstream Islam’s opposition to freedom of the press and its overall record on human rights.

He was a Jew (by heritage and by his own identification), he was a Christian, and he was a political conservative who supported human rights. To the neo-Klansmen at the Daily News, Nicholas Thalasinos hit the trifecta of hate.

Stasi wrote that Thalasinos—

was a radical Born Again Christian/Messianic Jew, who also connected with his future wife online and had traveled across the country to meet her. The killer, however, became half of an Islamic Bonnie & Clyde, while the other died as the male equivalent of Pamela Geller. The killers deserve every disgusting adjective thrown at them. And more. But the victim is also inaccurately being eulogized as a kind and loving religious man.

Make no mistake, as disgusting and deservedly dead as the hate-filled fanatical Muslim killers were, Thalasinos was also a hate-filled bigot. . . . Thalasinos was an anti-government, anti-Islam, pro-NRA, rabidly anti-Planned Parenthood kinda guy, who posted that it would be “Freaking Awesome” if hateful Ann Coulter was named head of Homeland Security.

He asked, “IS 1. EVERY POLITICIAN IS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR? 2. EVERY POLITICIAN IS A MORON? 3. EVERY POLITICIAN IS RACIST AGAINST JEWS?” He also posted screeds like, “You can stick your Muslim Million Man march up your asses,” and how “Hashem” should blow up Iran. His Facebook page warns that “Without HEALTHY PREGNANT WOMAN (Democrats) would have NO SOURCE of BABIES to SACRIFICE and SELL!”

We have freedom of speech but even so, a city worker should refrain from such public bigotry. Municipal workers have been fired for spewing and posting racial and sexual slurs.

So he was against anti-Semitic politicians. He wanted “Hashem” (God) to blow up the terrorist state of Iran. And he noted sarcastically the Democratic Party’s reliance on the abortion industry.*

Per Stasi, he was opposed to the Muslim Million Man march and, due to his bigoted Islamophobia, linked the Million Muslim March (misidentified by Stasi as the “Muslim Million Man march”) to the 9/11 attack. How could he not be a hater when he posted this?

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But there’s a problem with pointing to that graphic as proof of hatred of Muslims: The Million Muslim March had nothing to do with Islam. Although said to have been organized by the American Muslim Political Action Committee of Kansas City, Missouri, the actual event featured 25 “9/11 Truthers,” most non-Muslims, who believed that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks or knew about them in advance. Among the speakers: left-wing college professor Cornel West. The characterization of the event as Muslim was sufficiently misleading that the event and the characterization were denounced by the left-wing Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

An earlier “news” article in the Daily News with three credited authors suggested that Thalasinos’s opposition to the Million Muslim March. Counting Stasi, that means that four people at the News couldn’t be bothered to Google the march and read its Wikipedia entry. Perhaps they didn’t care. Remember: The News is a paper that tried to blame the National Rifle Association for the San Bernardino attack. (See )


The current world war isn’t between Muslims and non-Muslins.

It’s between, on one side, Islamofascists and their political allies and apologists, and on the other, all those who support freedom and constitutional democracy (i.e., democracy in which governmental powers are strictly limited).

The latter group—the good guys—includes Muslims who, often at great personal risk, oppose practices that are systematic in much of the Muslim world, including the subjugation and sexual mutilation of women, the imprisonment and execution of homosexuals, and the denial of the universal human rights that, as it happens, were first codified in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

I’ve worked with pro-freedom Muslims for more than 30 years, going back to the Cold War, and I was recruited by a Muslim to the taxpayers’ movement, which evolved into the Tea Party movement. Pro-freedom Muslims deserve all the help we can give them. They are in the minority among their co-religionists. The vast majority of Muslims, like the vast majority of the world’s people as a whole, stay out of international politics and human rights controversies, but, among those who take a stand, more support terrorism than support freedom.

Of the 30 countries with the highest Muslim percentage of the population, only two (Morocco and Turkey) are rated even moderately free. Saudi Arabia, location of the religion’s holiest sites, was the home of 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers and of the operation’s financiers; it’s a country in which women are not allowed to drive and in which opposition to the government is strictly prohibited.

Then there’s Iran, with 75 million people, which is 99.7% Muslim because other religious groups have been eliminated. That’s the country that, thanks to President Obama and Secretary Clinton, is on track to get nukes (and just violated U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing 2000-kilometer nuclear-capable missiles). Remember this? ( )

Vilified as a Holocaust denier, a supporter of terrorism and a backer of Iraqi insurgents, the president of Iran was actually able to make New Yorkers burst into laughter – though he did not intend to. “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at Columbia University last night in response to a question about the recent execution of two gay men there. “In Iran we do not have this phenomenon,” he continued. “I do not know who has told you we have it.”

See the video (at 3:43):

The reaction of the Left to the very real threat of Islamofascism is, in a word, suicidal. They are collaborating in an effort by the Islamofascists and their supporters to stigmatize human rights activists and national-security realists as “racists,” and to discourage people from following the call “If you see something, say something.” After the reaction to the “clock boy”—see —and the $15 million lawsuit in that case, what do you think will happen the next time, when the bomb is real?

Islamofascist agents sometimes conduct “probing attacks,” in which simulated threats are used to hide real ones, or to make people think twice before responding appropriately.

  • Need to take photographs of potential targets? Encourage lots of people of stereotypically Muslim appearance to go out on a given day and take pictures of landmarks; the actual terrorist planners will be lost among the ones who are simply taking pictures. If anyone expresses concerns about Muslim-appearing people taking pictures of landmark, shout “Islamophobe!”
  • Want to see how security works on board airplanes? Stage disruptions in which people of stereotypically Muslim appearance act obnoxiously on a plane, and see how far you can push things before getting a strong response. If you get a strong response, claim discrimination and get some money out of the airline.

Punish military officers enough for acts that are questionably Islamophobic, and others in their position will keep their suspicions about Nidal Hissan to themselves. Ridicule people as Islamophobes, take them to court for “profiling,” and others will keep quiet when they see neighbors Tashfeen and Syed amassing an arms cache in their garage.

Twenty-eight people died in the two attacks after people failed to pass along their suspicions to the authorities. For the Islamophobiaphobes, it’s Mission: Accomplished!



* I don’t know why the word “Democrats” is in parentheses in Stasi’s account. I suspect that Stasi was paraphrasing, but I can’t find the original Facebook post by Thalasinos. I would appreciate any help from readers in finding the original post.


Dr. Steven J. Allen

A journalist with 45 years’ experience, Dr. Allen served as press secretary to U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton and as senior researcher for Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. He earned a master’s…
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