The meeting took place in a room at a seafood restaurant in Kernersville. The meeting featured reading extracts from a popular book the Muslim Brotherhood and discussion of the Islamist group’s presence in North America. Clarion Project was not at the meeting and we do not know what was said and what ideas were discussed.
However, according to The Guardian, one attendee wanted to take more direct action.
A man by the name of Frank Del Valle reportedly asked, “Can we not kill them all?” about 15 minutes into the talk.
He asked again towards the end, “Do you have any recommendations as to how we could stop this? Because my only recommendation is to start killing the hell out of them.”
A member of ACT for America, Robert Goodwill, tried to gently move the conversation away from violent plans.
“There’s a huge pushback coming,” Goodwill said. “Political correctness is being thrown away. A lot of people are meeting like this. We’re making progress in the positive direction.”
“I am beyond that point,” Del Valle replied. “I’m ready to start taking people out.”
Goodwill replied, “I can understand that. We’re not there yet.”
If the conversation was accurately recorded, it is very worrying that Goodwill would say “yet,” since it implies that there is a point where vigilante violence would be acceptable.
It is totally unacceptable to advocate taking the law into your own hands and meting out violent retribution against Muslims in the United States or anywhere, however upset one may be about Islamist atrocities.
“The community is completely traumatized,” Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim chaplain at nearby Duke University, said. “When they hear someone talk about killing Muslims, they know that could happen to any of their loved ones. When they hear about that meeting, it just brings up the maximum level of fear.”
Rhetoric like this can lead to action.
On Wednesday night a gunman in Kansas shouted, “Get out of my country” before opening fire on two Indian men at a bar. He killed one of them, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and wounded two others, including a bystander who intervened to save those being shot. The gunman escaped and later told a barman he had killed two “Middle Eastern men.” The barman called the police and the gunman was arrested.
Police are investigating the attack as a hate crime. It is not yet known if the attack was specifically anti-Muslim, or if it was racially based. (The two are often conflated.)
It only takes one person to decide to start shooting to wreak havoc.Anti-Muslim bigotry is a serious problem that must be confronted and excised from the anti-Islamist movement.