|The media: "La la la la... I can't hear you... Never happened."|
What was his religion?
I'm pretty sure he wasn't a hardcore conservative Christian. That would have been a headline. CNN and MSNBC would be crowing about it for weeks. Joy Behar would be in ecstasy. The entire left-wing media would be thinking, "Finally! We have an example of Christian extremist violence more recent than 1986!"
The press would be comparing the incident to 9/11, making moral equivalence arguments about radical Islamic and Christian moralism. They'd have someone from CAIR on half of the screen and they'd be smiling and nodding at everything he says.
That's not happening. This makes me suspicious. Look, I'm a Mormon and every time some kook from some religion that splintered off from mine does something crazy I have to hear the word Mormon associated with things I dislike and with which I disagree. I get how Westernized Muslims feel when a radical Islamist does something violent or crazy. It's a personal insult, and it feels demeaning. It gives ill-intended people an excuse to dig up isolated facts, present them out of context, and mock your faith. So, whenever a terrorist attack occurs, I cross my fingers and hope, "No whammy! Not a Muslim! No whammy!"
Sadly, I'm almost always disappointed.
I hate it, too. I grew up with some Muslim kids who were the salt of the earth, even picked up some Arabic phrases from them. I sympathize with Muslims in many ways, at least the Westernized ones. I respect that Islam still believes in a solid moral foundation, that God's law isn't democratic and malleable to the shifting winds of public opinion. Granted, I disagree with Sharia, the idea of political punishment for sins that do not amount to murder. Yes, murder is a sin, but that's not why we execute people. We execute them to keep others safe, even those fellow inmates with whom they would be imprisoned. It's no coincidence that the lifers do most of the shivving. They have nothing to lose.
ISIS has claimed credit for the attack. If Steven Paddock's name had been Ahaff bin Pupeen or something Arabic-looking, there would have been fewer voices of doubt about the credibility of the claim. The media really wants this to be just an crazy white dude. If he's a Muslim, an Antifr member or (worse yet) both, it really won't help their narrative.
We'll see what trickles out. Sadly, I'm pretty sure I know what it will be, and that's a sad, sad thing. When it comes to something like this, "I told you so" just doesn't feel right.
I'd rather have someone say, "See, you were wrong. Shame on you!" Let's hope.