They don’t call it Dearbornistan for nothing. From the Press and Guide:
On Tuesday, a nation honored those whose lives were lost during the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. But four days prior to the anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks, a Wayne State medical student had city officials hoping that the event would not be marred by more bloodshed.
Houssein Zorkot, 26, was arrested Sept. 8 after he was observed wielding an AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle in Hemlock Park, a popular destination for many Dearborn residents.
Zorkot, who is of Lebanese descent, was arraigned Tuesday in 19th District Court — the same day city officials sent out a press release about an event that had happened four days prior, and one day after the Press & Guide had contacted city officials seeking comment.
According to Dearborn Mayor “Jack” O“Reilly, Jr., the release of information about the case was delayed until after Zarkot’s arraignment and late in the day that marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. City officials feared that announcing the arrest of an armed Arabic man so close to anniversary of the attack would stir anti-Muslim sentiments and fan the flames of terrorism.
”We didn’t want this to become more than it is,“ O’Reilly said. ”There are certain things that the media latches onto, and this would have turned into a story about terrorism. That’s not the kind of tone we want to set.”
Charles Johnson calls it “really bad craziness.” Yep.
And there’s a bigger picture here. Can you spell politically correct pay-offs?
The dream of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee- (ADC) Regional Director Imad Hamad for an American-Arab Center for Civil and Human Rights (ACCHR) took on a much more visible form Wednesday.
Well-wishers gathered at the future site of the facility on Chase between Ford Road and Warren Avenue to recognize the many people involved in bringing it to this point — the planners, the backers, the encouragers and those involved who assisted in surmounting paperwork hurdles.
Announced last month, the two-story, 20,000-square-foot facility will be the first of its kind in the world, according to Hamad. He said the $5 million facility is being created in the name of the common good and will be an education and resource center on civil and human rights. Work is expected to start in about two months and it should be completed late next year. “It will complement the many good programs already existing in Dearborn,” Hamad said. “It is to serve the community and emphasize the true American values.”
Former U.S. Congresswoman Mary Rose Okar — president of the national ADC committee — said the work of those at the center will protect the rights of all Americans. “We serve everybody,” Okar said. “When you protect the rights of your own, you protect the rights of everyone.” She said the Dearborn ADC office is the largest regional office for the group in the country.
Mayor Jack O’Reilly was on hand to welcome what he called a new community asset and pledged support for its growth. He joked that the experience of getting the permits and plan approvals through the city’s Department of Building and Safety had taught Hamad a new sense of patience.
Wayne County Chief Executive Robert Ficano welcomed the center “to the most diverse county in America.” Noting that American democracy is just 200 years old and a work in progress, he said the work of the center would help “protect our freedoms, our people and our democracy.”
But a major part of the program was to thank the prime minister and wife of the emir of Qatar who donated $1.5 million to the project.
What a strange world. Members of an Unnamed Religion Prone To Violent Extremism routinely butcher and murder members of other religions (and insufficiently devout members of their own), and it’s the sensitivities of this Unnamed Religion Prone To Violent Extremism we’re supposed to devote so many of our brain-hours to appeasing.