Those who promote hatred against Muslims are criminals

The cries from family members and shocked Muslims are clear: Call it what it is, a hate crime.

They say Craig Stephen Hicks hated religion and that he was riled at the sight of his Muslim neighbors -- two of them young women who wore hijabs.

When he allegedly killed Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, it had the hallmark of a summary execution -- shots fired to the victims' heads.

But police in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, say the shooting appeared to be fueled by rage over a parking space. Hicks' wife says it was a dispute between neighbors.

Some allege there's a double standard at play here. They say that if the situation was reversed, law enforcement and the media wouldn't hesitate to call it a hate crime or a terrorist act.

Make no mistake about it, the only reason this isn't called a hate crime is because we in the west talk about the extermination of Muslims like they all deserve to be slaughtered. Recently, I was listening to the CBC and my jaw dropped when a guest advocated the extermination of all Muslims for what happened in Paris and host, Rex Murphy did not even respond to oppose the promotion of this glaring and unacceptable hatred.

Rex Murphy is a Rhodes Scholar, he went to Oxford University and there is no excuse for a man of his privilege and intelligence to use the CBC as a forum to spread hatred against Muslims. I think he deserves to apologize for that oversight because the following conclusion is not conditional:

Who is ultimately responsible for creating a hostile environment against 3 beautiful young people who were slaughtered because of anti-Muslim hatred? I blame CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who equates "the Burka" with people who deserve to be slaughtered, I blame Fox news, who claims that Obama should be like Jordan's Clint Eastwood King who retalliated against those who are fighting to liberate Syria from foreign intervention and I blame the CBC's Rex Murphy for not speaking out when their guests spew hatred, contrary to the criminal code of Canada.

Clearly, that is just the tip of the iceburg. The point is, hate crimes against Muslims have become acceptable by those who are too blind to understand their own bias and it is time to prosecute all of them for advocating hatred, unless the word justice is meaningless.

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