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NYC Cabbie Attacked ‘For Being A Muslim’

From the New York Post:

Driver claims his throat was slashed after telling passenger he was Muslim

August 25, 2010

A drunk upstate filmmaker who had recently returned from Afghanistan where he was filming the Marines took his anger out on a cabbie — asking the driver if he was a Muslim before brutally attacking him with a knife, police said.

The attack occurred at about 6 p.m. Tuesday after Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster, hailed a yellow cab at the corner of 24th Street and Second Avenue, police said.

While the two engaged in a conversation, Enright asked the driver, Sharif Ahmed, "Are you Muslim?"

Ahmed, 43, responded, "Yes," according to police.

At one point, Enright greeted Ahmed by saying, "Al salaam aalaykum" — the Arabic greeting meaning, "Peace upon you."

Ahmed replied, "Wa alaikum salaam" — meaning, "And on you be peace!"

"Then, he asked me how my Ramadan was going," Ahmed told The Post in an interview this afternoon, adding that Enright had a sarcastic tone.

As the cab neared east 41st Street, about a block away from Enright’s destination at 42nd Street and Third Avenue, he barked, "This is the checkpoint motherf—er. I have to f— you up this time," police said.

What a roundabout reference to the ‘Ground Zero Mosque.’

That’s when Enright allegedly pulled out a silver-colored folding knife and slashed Ahmed in the throat, arm and face through the taxicab partition.

Ahmed was briefly able to lock the man inside the cab, but Enright was able to open the door and run off.

The driver ran after Enright and was able to flag a police officer on patrol along Third Avenue, who spotted the filmmaker sitting in the middle of the street blocking traffic.

Ahmed identified Enright to the cop as his attacker.

"I [told the cop]: He stabbed me because I’m Muslim," Ahmed said.

The knife used in the attack was not found.

Ahmed was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition. His received stitches for his wounds and was released.

“I’ve lived in this country for 35 years," Ahmed said. "I’ve worked hard. This country has helped me a lot. Before yesterday, I never felt like I didn’t belong here."

Enright, who was intoxicated at the time of his arrest, was also taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation, police said.

The accused attacker told cops he works for an Internet media company and had recently spent time with a combat unit in Afghanistan filming military exercises until this past May…

Enright has been charged with attempted murder as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime and weapons possession. He was ordered held without bail at his arraignment this afternoon.

What swift and severe justice. Compare and contrast to the ‘Beat Whitey’ attacks at the Iowa state fair, which have yet to even be deemed to be ‘bias crimes.’

On his Facebook page, Enright claims he works for a non-profit organization called Intersections International, which on its website describes itself as a "New York-based global initiative dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace across lines of faith, culture, ideology, race, class, national borders and other boundaries that divide humanity. Founded in 2007, Intersections is a permanent multi-faith, multi-cultural effort of the Collegiate Churches of New York, the oldest corporation in North America, dating back to 1628."

In an ironic twist, the organization endorsed the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero just a few weeks ago.

The Rev. Robert Chase, who heads Intersections International, said Enright has volunteered for the group, but was never employed by them.

Police said the mosque was never mentioned during the attack.

But don’t worry. It will be from now on.

“This attack runs counter to everything that New Yorkers believe, no matter what God we may pray to," Mayor Bloomberg said in response to the attack. "I want to thank the men and women of the NYPD for their quick response in apprehending the suspect who was arrested and charged with attempted murder as a hate crime. We will continue to do everything possible to crack down on any crime that targets someone because of who they are or what they believe.”

It sounds like ‘his honor’ has already tried and convicted Mr. Enright of a hate crime.

By the way, compare and contrast this response to Mr. Bloomberg’s initial comments about the ‘Time Square Bomber.’ Who, it turns out, was targeting Americans for what they are and what they believe. A fact Mr. Bloomberg has yet to acknowledge.

Enright has had run-ins with the NYPD in the past.

He was charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct last year and sentenced to a day in jail.

In 2008, he received two summonses for underage drinking.

Mr. Enright sounds like he is mentally disturbed. Where is the empathy? Where are the calls for the need to try to understand him?

No, on the contrary, Mr. Enright will become the poster child for the ‘anti-Muslim backlash’ we have been warned about for so long, if our party line news media has anything to say about it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “NYC Cabbie Attacked ‘For Being A Muslim’”

  1. proreason says:

    I don’t believe a word of it.

    Where are the witnesses?

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I wonder how many police reports they had to wade through to get to one that had the perfect setting for their spin.

    That is,

    Number of NYC cabs=12,500 http://www.schallerconsult.com/taxi/taxifb.pdf

    Number with muslim cab drivers=?

    Number of attacks (remember, this is NYC)=A LOT. See one article here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Q6pRdJWUrt0J:www.taxi-library.org/marosi.htm+estimated+number+of+NYC+cab+driver+assaults&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a

    But for one cab company….two a month since 1990, according to the article, get killed.

    That, my friends, is a LOT of reading.

    I think someone was looking to meet an agenda and it’s a case not so much of “reporting the news” but instead, finding a story that meets a pre-existing template.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    The irony of this whole event is quite stunning – but I have to ask – where did the weapon go? How when being chased in broad daylight along a NY street did an alleged nutcase manage to ditch the knife in such a place as to make it ‘disappear’ – wonder if they cabbie always had it – and was the one making the disparaging remarks in the cab and of course the NYC police would never do anything so un-PC as frisk the ‘victim’ most especially when he is muslim.

    So the first Assumption was wrong (it wasn’t a hate filled violent Christian) wanna bet if my scenario turns out to be true – We The People will never hear the truth from the media.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

  4. pagar says:

    America.gov –Being Muslim in America


    Don’t miss your free copy.

  5. beautyofreason says:

    I saw the first few minutes of Keith Olbermann the other day. He sounded crestfallen when he revealed that the attacker is not conservative.

    No doubt this crime will be used to tar and feather the 70% of Americans who do not agree with the location of the WTC mosque. I don’t expect a gentle psychoanalysis from the NYT, either.

    • hushpuppy says:

      LOL!! Does anyone actually take anything Olbermann says seriously? He should be on S&L!

    • beautyofreason says:

      lol hushpuppy. I certainly don’t take him seriously, but every now and then I want to see how the left thinks. It was late at night, four in the morning, and I saw Olbermann’s grim mug as I was flipping between infomercials. I could stand about 30 seconds of it before going back to “6 week body makeover” and “sham wow.”

  6. misanthropicus says:

    Tell you what – there is something fishy about this story.
    In my eyes, the fact that the MSM has avoided to yell “hatred, hatred, bloody hatred”, shows that they are not sure that they can sustain it in media –
    No wittnesses, no nothing, just a guy blaming another guy – a dope deal gone awry? Two gays having an issue?

    I think it’s a Tawna gone “Islamophobia” riff – still to have Mike Nifong in the picture –

    • tranquil.night says:

      All the physical evidence met the criteria, but they couldn’t tie him to the right-wing so it couldn’t be sustained except as an intra-day story. As the article hides with a small sentence in the middle, the only political affiliation they could find was to a group that had endorsed the mosque.

      Remember, it’s not as much about protecting the Moose-limbs as sticking it to the Right and forking up the law.

      DoctorZero: The Narrative of Hate. As we always noted, it’s entirely engrained in the Left. It unites them against us. It triggers lunatics and first world economies alike to go over the cliff. If we weren’t here and in their way trying to bring real peace and healing, they’d be fighting eachother forever for the supreme masters of the universe position. World Wars all over again. Death Social Justice reigns supreme, and Allah shall be pleased.

    • proreason says:

      another fantastic essay by doczero

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    (cough) Bullshiite (cough)

  8. canary says:

    Strange, the hair was not shaved in the area of the throat. Either it didn’t need stitches or Ahmed told doctor’s his allah would would punish him.

    Brave Ahmed, instead of running for safety locked the suspect in his car, and in spite of of being of his severe wounds was able to run after the suspect and hold him the street, which the police couldn’t help, but notice.

    And the intoxicated suspect probably told the police anything they wanted to hear. Was he given an attorney? Because, Maj Hasan’s attorney, defending his massacre of U.S. citizens, said the military & police were wise in not questioning Hasan, while he was on pain medication.

  9. Niko says:

    This story is bizarre, however I am willing to bet $100 that Mr. Enright and Mr. Ahmed are both registered Democrats AND Obama voters.

  10. artboyusa says:

    Somehow, someway this incident will get hung around our necks but that doesn’t get this fat, drunk, stupid piece of human detritus off the hook. Did you see the picture of him? He looks like John Wayne Hinckley’s subnormal brother. If he did it, then hang his worthless ass.

  11. wardmama4 says:

    artboy – you are right – think ala Slick Willie – it’s all Rush Limbaughs fault for ‘inciting’ the inbred hicks in flyover country to violence.

    This looks sort of like all those who ‘claim’ the mysterious stranger killed their wife – while they walk away with superficial wounds – those wounds do not look serious nor that any required stitches. (Mr Cabbie might want to watch tv a bit more – forensics can proof where the truth lies)

    And looking at the leftist twerp who is ‘accused’ of doing this – use the Twinkie defense (no one would doubt it looking at him) – It worked for Dan White – and you didn’t even kill anyone.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, before OJ went to prison in Nevada, I understand he was looking for the “real” killer on golf courses in Florida. Latest reports had him spotted wearing some “ugly-ass shoes”.

  12. papagiorgio200 says:


    Michelle Malkin on the Cabbie (my YouTube):

    Michael Medved deconstructs Cabbie (my Vimeo):


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