Cultural Appropriation of Islamic Terrorism

I admit I often find concerns about cultural appropriation overblown, and think “what harm does it do, really,” but in this case…

Tampa man arrested for allegedly killing ‘neo-Nazi’ roommates for disrespecting his Muslim faith” (Courtney Connley, ABC News)

Arthurs stated that he had once shared a common neo-Nazi belief with his two roommates before converting to Islam, and that the shooting deaths were caused by [his roomates] disrespecting his Muslim faith.

Somehow I don’t think it’s Islam doing the heavy lifting on this guy’s propensity toward murder.

The fourth roommate (not killed, not the murderer) was subsequently arrested because the apartment contained explosive devices and he’d been “participating in online neo-Nazi internet chat rooms where he threatened to kill people and bomb infrastructure.”

Mind you, all of this is in the back half of the article. The front half is Arthurs saying “Allah Mohammed” (which I think is like saying God the Father Jesus?) and complaining about America bombing “his Muslim countries.” His. Because they’re his now.

For context, this takes place in Florida. Partly at a head shop.

As Florentine professor Olivier Roy has observed, we’re not seing a radicalization of Islam as much as we’re seeing an Islamicization of radicalism.

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