“Mental illness” is the new Get Out of Jail Free card.
The Los Angeles Times reported that “criminal proceedings against a Seattle man accused of trying to run over two Jewish men outside a Los Angeles synagogue have been suspended amid questions about his mental competency, officials said.”
The “Seattle man” in question is Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Mogadishu, Somalia. According to the Times, Mohamed “was arrested Nov. 23 after police say he shouted anti-Semitic slurs toward a crowd of worshippers exiting Congregation Bais Yeshuda in Hancock Park. Investigators said Mohamed tried to run down two men with his car before speeding away and crashing.”
The Times added: “The FBI has been assisting in the investigation, but authorities have said they have no evidence of links between Mohamed and any known terror or hate groups.” What’s more, “he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2015 and has been treated at mental health facilities in the Seattle area at least twice in recent years.”
Well, then, this must be an open-and-shut case of mental illness, right? No jihad, no Islamic anti-Semitism, right?
Maybe not. If Mohamed Abdi Mohamed is schizophrenic, why did he act out in this way, screaming “anti-Semitic slurs” while trying to run over Jews? Could it have something to do with the fact that his religious and cultural frame of reference includes the Qur’an?
Remember, Mohamed Abdi Mohamed had a Qur’an on his dashboard when he tried to run down these men. The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82)….being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).
So what if he is schizophrenic, and deeply troubled by matters both real and imagined, and decides that he can get into Allah’s good graces by killing some Jews? That possibility will not be considered. But it should be. Islam attracts the psychically marginal, as it provides them with a justification of and blessing for their impulses to rage, hatred and violence. Not only does Islam give those impulses a holy aura, but it also gives a tormented soul the chance to find some peace – through jihad violence against unbelievers. “Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing people, and remove the fury in the believers’ hearts.” (Qur’an 9:14-15)
(Spencer, "Los Angeles: Criminal Case Against Muslim Who Tried to Kill Jews Suspended,” FrontPageMag Online, 12/3/18).