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August 26th, 2010
12:05 PM ET

Acquaintances 'shocked' at film student's arrest in Muslim stabbing

A film student suspected of stabbing a New York cab driver after learning the driver was Muslim was described Thursday as someone who worked to build bridges across religious and ethnic boundaries.

Those who know Michael Enright, 21, a film student at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, are "shocked and dumbfounded" by his arrest, said Robert Chase, the executive director of Intersections International.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Muslim • New York • United States • Violence

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  1. LM

    Michael Directed the video on the front of http://www.nickraio.com/ regarding NY. Michael seemed to have a lot extracurricular things going on in his life, the video wasn't shot all too long ago. Whenever alcohol is a variable in anything it just becomes another sad story. Too many stories of people waking up in jail cells not remembering anything. Could be wrong, this is a great video, it shows he was on his way to becoming an internet / viral superstar pioneer and the character and message he created of Sammy Adams is pretty powerful. You be the judge. only 900 views, no one has seen it yet.

    August 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  2. UT Longhorn

    @AmericanPatriot
    "I worship not that which ye worship; Nor worship ye that which I worship. And I shall not worship that which ye worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion"
    did you ever read this verse from the Koran.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  3. kc

    Islam has it right on one thing: the lack of alcohol in their life. I have seen so many articles where the person was drunk and did something totally senseless and stupid like this.

    Anyone on this thread bashing Islam before taking a long hard look at themselves and the nasty things they spout is guilty of hypocrisy.

    AmericanPatriot: you might want to cite nonbiased sources more before preaching your hate.

    August 27, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  4. AmericanPatriot

    Islamic writings teach the use of pretext to initiate hostilities. The Quran devotes a lot of time complaining about people who did not support Mohammad when he first started his religion, with Allah often condemning them to torment in hell in the hereafter.

    Mohammad was somewhat pushy and insistent with his religion, and when others felt intruded upon and protested, Mohammad took that to mean they were trying to stop Allah's holy prophet from bringing the revealed word of Allah to the world, so he was justified to fight them and destroy them as Allah's enemies

    August 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
    • UT Longhorn

      @AmericanPatriot
      "I worship not that which ye worship; Nor worship ye that which I worship. And I shall not worship that which ye worship. Nor will ye worship that which I worship. Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion"
      did you ever read this verse from the Koran.

      August 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  5. AmericanPatriot

    The Quran counsels the use of deceit when dealing with non-Muslims. Mohammad instructed one of his followers to lie if he had to (in order to assassinate one of Mohammad's enemies). This set a precedent, and the principle was clear: If it helps Islam, it's okay to deceive non-Muslims. Read more about this principle here: Lying (Taqiyya and Kitman).

    This instruction in the Quran has served Islamic goals very well through history. And it serves those goals today. On the DVD, Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, you can watch real-life examples of Islamic leaders saying one thing in English for the Western press, and saying something entirely different to their own followers in Arabic a few days later.

    Deceiving the enemy is always useful in war, and throughout history generals have used it. Islamic teachings consider Islam to be in a permanent state of war with the non-Islamic world until the whole world follows Shari'a law (read more about that here). All non-Muslims living in non-Islamic states are "enemies." So deceiving Westerners is totally acceptable because deceiving an enemy in a state of war is totally acceptable. It is encouraged if it can forward the goals of the spread of Islam.

    And so we have the strange phenomenon covered by Steven Emerson in Terrorists Among Us, where organizations in America were ostensibly raising money for orphans, but really giving the money to terrorists. They deceived good-hearted Western non-Muslims into giving money to organizations that were actively killing Western non-Muslims.

    As it says in the Quran, "War is deceit." This idea gives Islam a tremendous advantage over idea-collections that encourage indiscriminate truthfulness.

    August 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  6. Reality

    Stupor- n.
    1.A state of reduced or suspended sensibility.
    2.A state of mental numbness, as that resulting from shock; a daze

    Islam has been in a stupor-state for 1400 years.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
    • amuslim

      I find it odd that you are the most ardent atheist I have ever come across on internet, and yet you are the least convincing.

      Just food for thought: A nod ilicits a nod, a smile inoculates a smile. To lead, you walk your way with joy and invite without a turn or a frown.

      August 26, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
    • Reality

      amuslim,

      Obviously, you suffer from the Three B Syndrome i.e. Bred, Born, and Brainwashed in Islam. An analogous Syndrome infects Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism.

      August 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  7. StratoTorus

    What's with all the mystical stuff? Is this a blog or what? Those taxi drivers don't need crazy people stabbing them.
    Alcohol is not the best thing in the world, but its the only legal thing. Everything else has been banned by all the busybodies who hate to see other people having a good time.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Not knowing or caring what you do when using substances is 'having a good time?'

      August 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
    • StratoTorus

      @CatholicMom

      God, you are a clueless one. Can't you read? I never said that. Try reading my post again. And to hell with your damned Pope.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
    • StratoTorus

      @CatholicMom

      I apologize for my shockingly rude post above. You happened to touch a very sore spot. Sorry..

      August 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      StratoTorus,

      Thank you for writing. I am sorry, too; I did not mean to hurt you.

      August 27, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  8. CatholicMom

    Michael Enright obviously has some serious problems; strange no one noticed him as a 'ticking bomb'; didn't he have friends who could have seen this coming and help him seek help before taking his issues out on another person? I feel so sad for Ahmed Sharif and his family....

    August 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  9. AsHat

    Watch out for religious nuts – they don't need an honest reason for anything.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  10. Eshinesu

    The sorrow of storms always opens the windows of my shelter.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  11. wat

    The storm of sorrows always finds a shelter with open windows

    August 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  12. Eshinesu

    The rain of truth always finds the leaky holes.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  13. cat

    more like 'watch out for whites, they are the new blacks'

    August 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Cat

      I'm white, and I agree with you. What the heck is wrong with white guys? Ans. To much religion. LOL

      August 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  14. verify

    More like, "Watch out for demented, delusional zealots of any stripe."

    August 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
    • Kate

      @verify

      Ain't that the truth!

      To paraphrase Heinlein: The trouble with zealots isn't that they're willing to die for their cause, it's that they're willing for *you* to die for their cause.

      August 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  15. Rayzorr

    "watch fer teh religious – dey iz teh zombiez!"

    August 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  16. Kate

    People in a drunken stupor tend to be more "honest" about their true feelings, inhibitions and common sense stripped away.

    Are they shocked he did this? Or shocked they didn't know what he was thinking deep down and just kept hidden?

    Defense lawyer will probably come up with some attempt at a PTSD defense, and the trial-averse DA's office will drop it down to misdemeanor interference with a cab or something anyways. In the meantime, the kid will be feted as a celebrity by certain talk-radio hosts.

    Did I ever mention I'm a bitter cynic?

    August 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
    • FastEddie

      @Kate

      A cynic? Really? What makes you think so?

      August 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Kate

      You said, "the kid will be feted as a celebrity by certain talk-radio hosts."

      You are right. Remember how the fellow who murdered the doctor was made a hero in certain circles?

      August 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
    • TammyB

      Hooray for bitter cynics!!! I belong to that club.

      August 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  17. ThThite

    More like 'watch out for Christians, you're in a whack-o zone!'

    August 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • David Johnson

      I think the Christians are just frustrated. Their beliefs are falling apart. Jesus hasn't been seen in 2000 years and counting. Even faith has its limits. *sigh*

      August 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  18. nudge

    The lesson for NYC taxi drivers?

    Look out for those "checkpoints" and get some armored part!tions in those vehicles! You are now in a whack zone.

    August 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  19. Saladin

    Those who "know" Enright obviously didn't "know" his deeply buried feelings. Alcohol doesn't invent attitudes but it does make people more likely to express them. I hope the driver recovers fully and Mr. Enright is prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

    August 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
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