FRESNO, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Police in California are covering up for Islamic terrorists.
A black suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, allegedely shot and killed four white people from Monday night into Tuesday in Fresno. Muhammad killed his final victim outside the local branch of Catholic Charities. He was apprehended a block south of there, shouting "Allahu Akbar" — Arabic for "God is great" — as police took him down to the ground.
Given these facts, a connection to Islamic terrorism seems clear. But this is not the way Police Chief Jerry Dyer characterized the murders.
"We don't believe it's a terrorist act," Dyer told reporters Tuesday. "We believe it's a hate crime."
Dyer said that Muhammad had sought to kill as many white people as possible but also said the shootings were random. "This is solely based on race," he claimed.
Catholic Charities spokeswoman Teresa Dominguez told the Associated Press that the charity does not believe the suspect was tied to the nonprofit organization.
Before the attack, Muhammed made video statements that show his murders were inspired by Islam. A sample reads, "We will continue to bring destruction and wrath upon America until we establish a Kingdom." His Facebook page, before being removed, contained content approving of the murder of Dallas police officers in 2016.
The police department's attempt to obscure the connection to Islam is the latest example of Western governments' track record of downplaying Muslim terror. Governments all over the West have dismissed connections to Islam and the growing hatred Islamists feel for Christianity.
Not only are police ignoring the attack's connection to Islam, they are ignoring a possible attempt to attack Catholics.
Most likely, it was only happenstance that brought Muhammad towards Catholic Charities on his course to downtown Fresno.
According to the 2010 census, 47 percent of the Fresno population is Latino and 8 percent is black. A disproportionate percentage of these races fall below the poverty line, meaning the clientele of Catholic Charities is almost assuredly majority non-white. Additionally, the employees of the Fresno branch of Catholic Charities are almost all of Spanish descent.
But by characterizing the murders as being motivated only by race, officials can cover more easily any anti-Christian sentiment expressed by Muhammad.