The right wing keeps on telling us that there are terrorists right here in the United States of America, just waiting to strike. Today, their warnings were proved correct… at least partially.
A man was arrested, at a mosque right outside of Detroit, the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. He had with him a car full of explosives ready to blow up.
Here’s what the right wingers didn’t anticipate. The man wasn’t Muslim. He was Christian.
The man certainly was planning to attack Americans, though. He was planning to attack Muslim Americans – during a funeral in their house of worship.
The man arrested by police outside the Islamic Center of America today was Roger Stockham. Stockham had been whipped up into an anti-Muslim fury by right wing media. Stockham had also taken cues from right wing anti-government propaganda, and was described by police as having had a long history of anti-government activities.
Stockham is a member of VFW Post 5477, and also, in an interesting twist a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network on Facebook. Bradley Manning is an Army Private First Class who has been imprisoned on accusations of having given government secrets to Wikileaks. Stockham is purported by Salon to have spoken in praise of Christian terrorist Timothy McVeigh, one of the people involved in the bombing of the federal government office building in Oklahoma City in the 1990s.
The resident of Imperial Beach, California wrote on his MySpace profile: “Happy with how much I’ve lived. Ready for it to be over, but have a policy I contend with often: So long as I am alive, I can’t play dead.”
The similarities between Roger Stockham and Jared Lee Loughner are striking. Both had a remarkable hatred for the government, fueled by right wing fantasies of jack-booted thugs. In Stockham’s case, the anti-mosque frenzy of summer 2010 seems to have finally come to a violent fruition.
I’ll repeat then, the message of summer 2010: In the United States of America, we have freedom of religion for all religions, not just for Christianity. I love America more than I hate Islam. Leave the mosques alone.