Two nights ago in Philadelphia, a man later identified as Edward Archer attempted to kill a police officer in his patrol car, shooting at him thirteen times. Mr. Archer later told police that he did it for Islam, and that he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Mr. Archer’s mother told the media that her son was a devout Muslim, and had been for a long time.
Yet Philadelphia Mayor Jim McKenney said that Mr. Archer’s attempted murder was a simple criminal act, and had nothing to do with Islam.
Let’s try a little thought experiment here: Suppose Edward Archer had, say, set up a food bank for orphan children, and said that he did it for Islam. Would the mayor have contradicted him?
Not hardly! It’s only bad stuff that has nothing to do with Islam. All the good stuff — hey, that’s Islamic.
How can a Philly pol, who is not Muslim and knows nothing about Islamic doctrine, expect to be taken seriously when he pontificates about what is and is not Islamic?
Dr. David Wood has more to say about Edward Archer’s act of jihad in Philadelphia: