Yesterday, a man whose name has not yet been released attempted to slaughter a Philadelphia police officer because the police, he believes, uphold laws that are not consistent with the Koran.  He also reportedly told Philadelphia police officers that he has pledged his allegiance to ISIS.

ABCNews reports:

A 30-year-old man accused of firing at least 11 times at a Philadelphia police officer had pledged allegiance to ISIS, police said today.

The gunman, now in custody, “confessed to committing this cowardly act in the name of Islam,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said during a news conference. “According to him, he believed that the police defend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran.”

Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark said the suspect, who’s name was not released at the news conference, “stated that he pledges his allegiance to Islamic State, he follows Allah and that is the reason he was called upon to do this.”

Watch the press conference with Police Commissioner Ross:

While the police commissioner clearly understands what happened and why, the newly-inaugurated mayor of Philadelphia (who reestablished Philadelphia as a “sanctuary city” on his first day in office) trots out the now-familiar refrain.

This was the first police-involved shooting for the administration of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who was inaugurated four days ago.

Kenney said today of the shooting, “It’s terrible and it does not represent the religion [Islam] in any way shape or form or any of its teachings.”

“This is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers,” Kenney said. “Has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith.”

The terrorist clearly states that he is acting in the name of Allah, shooting police who defend and protect American instead of Sharia law, and declaring his support for ISIS, yet this mayor claims he knows better than the terrorist what his motives are and what Islam means to him.  It’s mind-boggling.


I just finished reading Kemberlee’s excellent article on Charlie Hebdo: One Year Later for the second time, and as I was reading the Philadelphia mayor’s response to this attack, I just shook my head.

As these attacks have spread around the world and become more frequent in our own country, I no longer understand this compulsion to ignore the glaringly obvious in these Islamic terrorist incidents.  What began, I think, as political correctness has become an empty mantra muttered frantically by those in power who either know better or . . . who don’t know better.  It’s hard to decide which is worse.