Did Political Correctness Contribute to the San Bernardino Massacre?

Three days ago, David French, of National Review Online, wrote an astute article about the harm much Leftist thought brings. Entitled “The Secular Left’s Religious Ignorance Harms Our National Security and Divides Our Nation,” the essay nails the issue on the head:

“As the secular Left is increasingly separated from authentic expressions of genuine faith, it is losing the capability of understanding the world. Given that religious zeal is so far from their hearts, they have a hard time believing the words of the religious. Thus the constant quest to discern the ‘real’ reasons why believers behave the way they do.”

This means they do not take American Christians’ cultural concerns seriously. It also means they do not take the threat of Muslim terrorists seriously either. But his essay did not offer details beyond the general geo-political concerns of many conservatives.

But as of yesterday, there may be details that more than prove his point.

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Hidden within the din of overwhelming news about the terrorism attack in San Bernardino were two under-reported news interviews.

The first was a video interview. Or rather it was two video interviews with one man, Aaron Elswick. And the interviews were done by crews of two local news outlets, ABC 7 and KTLA 5. Elswick reported that Farook’s neighbor had concerns about people working in the garage at strange hours and receiving many parcels.

Aaron Elswick said. “She didn’t want to do any kind of racial profiling. She’s like, ‘I didn’t call it in … maybe it was just me thinking something that’s not there.’ ”

She was concerned about racial profiling.

If these news-sources could do some real investigation and talk to that neighbor, they would do much good for America.

Of more significance is the second news report. Another local news company, a Los Angeles CBS affiliate, reported on Wednesday that an eye-witness saw six Middle Eastern men in Farook’s neighborhood:

“A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.”

The unidentified man explained: “We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’ ”

Again: he was concerned about racial profiling.

This is significant news. More so if these interviews would be followed up with more questions and details.

But does the mainstream media want to dig deeper?

Since many news reporters have a liberal-leaning worldview, they have little incentive to investigate issues that may undermine their beliefs. But this is to be expected in such a politically polarized country.

Already many liberal pundits were quick to blame white militia groups, anti-government conservatives or just someone on the right.

At the same time, many conservatives may be quick to assume the interviews with the neighbors are sufficient proof that political correctness caused the murders.

They are not sufficient proof as they stand. But they are suggestive.

Between the two interviews, the strongest evidence is the second one with the unnamed man. Add this evidence with a number of media outlets that were loath to offer up the name of the suspects and the general mindset of the Left toward race and culture, then the evidence seems a little stronger.

And even if the media were to dig further into these interviews, could they? If the witnesses were truly afraid of being labeled as bigoted racial profilers, would they even want to come forward and be named on national television?

But even if these witnesses were vetted and proven accurate, at worse they would demonstrate the Left’s decades of browbeating Americans into political correctness contributed to this horrendous act—not that they caused it.

Leftism is a serious problem in America. It distorts reality. It creates a craven populace. It poisons the churches.

But Radical Muslim terrorists are a serious problem too. The heinous mass-murder in San Bernardino is more proof of that.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

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