Islamophobia May Have Caused Stabbing of NY Muslim Cabbie

August 25, 2010

(ChattahBox)–It finally happened. Amid the anti-Islam hysteria fueled by Fox News and the right-wing opponents to a proposed New York Islamic Center blocks away from Ground Zero, an anti-Muslim hate crime took place Monday night in Manhattan. A cab driver was stabbed by a passenger, allegedly after affirmatively answering the passenger’s question, “Are you Muslim?” Police are treating the attack as a hate crime and the passenger has been charged with a number of offenses, including attempted murder. The cab driver, identified as a 43-year-old Asian male is recovering from his multiple wounds in the hospital.

According to the report by NY1, the cab driver called 911 after being stabbed in the face, arm and throat. He locked his 21-year-old passenger in the cab, before the police arrived:

“Investigators with the New York City Police Department say it all began Monday night when a 21-year-old man hailed a cab at 24th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. Police say the passenger asked the driver, “Are you Muslim?” When the driver said yes the passenger pulled a knife and slashed him in the throat, arm and lip. The 43-year-old driver was able to lock the passenger in the back of the cab and call 911.”

Talking Points Memo reports the passenger has been identified, as Michael Enright, of Brewster, NY.

“According to Detective Marc Nell, at 6:12 pm last night, the driver picked up Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster, NY, at the intersection of 24th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. The cab proceeded to drive north, and Enright asked the driver, who Nell identified as a 43-year-old Asian male, if he was Muslim. After the driver responded that he was, Enright allegedly stabbed him repeatedly with a Leatherman tool, according to police.” [...]

“Nell told TPM that the cab driver is in stable condition, and that Enright has been charged with “attempted murder two as a hate crime, assault with a weapon as a hate crime, aggravated harassment second degree because of race and religion, and criminal possession of a weapon.”

Over the weekend, an angry group protesting the proposed Park51 Islamic center, carried incendiary signs, comparing Islam to terrorism and showing the word Sharia dripping with blood. The angry mob, also verbally attacked a black man they mistakenly believed was a Muslim. He wasn’t. He was a carpenter working on the Ground Zero construction site.

Last night, Mayor Bloomberg delivered an impassioned speech calling opposition to an Islamic center in Lower Manhattan, “un-American.”


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