Professor Juan Cole, a University of Michigan history professor is blaming the Charleston church shooting on “Islamophobia” being spread by “right wing Jews” like Pamela Geller and Daniel Pipes.
In his blog, Informed Comment, Professor Juan Cole argues that “far right wing Jews” like Daniel Pipes and Pamela Geller, French politician Marine LePen and Dutch politician Geert Wilders, and “the whole Islamophobic Network” were “a key influence” in Dylann Roof’s shooting of nine people in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17.
Campus Reform reported:
Cole cites Roof’s comments against European immigrants in a manifesto published in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin as evidence that anti-Islamic “writings and web sites… made Roof ‘completely racially aware.’”:
“From this point I researched deeper and found out what was happening in Europe. I saw that the same things were happening in England and France, and in all the other Western European countries…But Europe is the homeland of White people, and in many ways the situation is even worse there.”
This is not the first time Cole has blamed critics of Islam for inspiring violence. Cole cites his 2011 post which contends that Norwegian domestic terrorist Anders “Breivik’s passions were whipped up, according to his diary, by reading anti-Muslim hatemongers such as Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and Daniel Pipes”.
Cole insists that “these same hatemongers” and “unhinged millionaires and bigoted gadflies” who “teach white people to hate non-Christians” have caused another shooting. Cole finds this ironic “since he [Roof] went on heartily to hate Jews, as well…But the biggest irony is that their agitation against European Muslims should have helped inspire Roof in South Carolina to kill 9 African-Americans.”
Sophomore Grant Strobl, chairman of Young Americans for Freedom at the UofM, denounced Prof. Cole’s comments as “race baiting and anti-Semitism.”
“In the position of an instructor at a public university,” Strobl told Campus Reform, “he is creating a hostile environment for minorities and conservatives especially in the classroom.”
The Daily Caller asked Cole for clarification to which he responded: “I said that the kind of sentiments Roof posted about European white people being overwhelmed by non-whites were typical of the line of Marine LePen (Catholic) and Geert Wilders (born Roman Catholic, now unchurched.I then noted the paradox that Pamela Geller and Daniel Pipes, [as Jewish], are cheerleaders for this anti-immigrant white nationalist narrative.”
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