Sanitizing terror: Has the press distorted Islamic radical’s crusade against gay men?

posted at 2:41 pm on August 22, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Ali Muhammad Brown was already a suspect in the murder of three Seattle men when he shot 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin eight times at a West Orange traffic light in his home state of New Jersey in June.

Brown is described as a devout Muslim man who killed as part of what prosecutors allege was a “bloody crusade” against the United States. He sought revenge against America for what he said was the wanton killing of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tevlin was allegedly Brown’s fourth victim.

Brown’s victims, with the exception of Tevlin, had a similar background: they were young, gay men.

Brown met two of his victims at a gay-themed Seattle nightclub. Court documents indicate that Brown used a mobile application to set up meetings with his two victims before committing a double homicide. Brown is also implicated in the murder of a third man whose body was found on a highway outside Seattle in April, KIRO-TV Seattle reported.

Brown’s homicides made news in June, but his story fell off the radar until Wednesday when King County prosecutors charged him with murder. Brown’s prosecutors made it clear that the accused killer’s motives were to terrorize, though he did appear to operate according to a perverse code of conduct:

“In a subsequent July 25 recorded interview in New Jersey, [King County sheriff’s Detective John] Pavlovich wrote, Brown described his idea of a ‘just kill,’ in which the target was an adult male unaccompanied by women, children or elderly people,” CBS News reported.

The LA Times has more:

“My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That’s it,” Brown said during a jailhouse interview in New Jersey, according to the court filings. “My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day.”

Brown may eventually face federal and/or state-level terrorism charges, but few press accounts of his attacks – most of them in local outlets — state clearly that Islamic jihadist ideology inspired him. “All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life,” court documents allege Brown said of United States actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some outlets are not mincing words about the nature of Brown’s crimes. A July report via a Seattle-based Fox affiliate described Brown as a “radical jihadist” who targeted homosexual men, but few have followed suit.

This is a story tailor-made for the national press but, rather than highlighting it, the opposite has occurred. It seems that the press has sanitized the actions and motives of Brown and his two accomplices. He was not simply a murderer and a criminal, though he was most certainly both of those things. Brown was also a terrorist who targeted a specific group of victims based on their sexual identity. It is quite uncharacteristic of the press to understate those two facts.

Brown’s killing spree seems like it should be considered hate crimes at the very least, if not overt acts of terrorism. Why, then, has it not been presented in that fashion in the press?

This post has been updated since its original publication.


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And yet the vast majority of Gays, Lesbians, and Trannies I know STILL side with Islam more often then not…

HikaruKitsune on August 22, 2014 at 11:24 PM

And yet the vast majority of Gays, Lesbians, and Trannies I know STILL side with Islam more often then not…

HikaruKitsune on August 22, 2014 at 11:24 PM

They share a common hatred of Christianity and Christians, and the more timid of this satanic coalition cheer the Islamist’s willingness to hack off the heads they only fantasize hacking off.

What they don’t realize is that sooner rather than later the Islamists will be running the show. They have both superior numbers (now and especially in the future) and a more steadfast will to impose their agenda. Brutally, if necessary.

The vast majority of your friends are broken people with no foresight or divine grace. We should pray for them. Lord knows if their Islamist allies succeed, they certainly won’t be able to defend themselves.

BKennedy on August 23, 2014 at 3:21 AM

They share a common hatred of Christianity and Christians, and the more timid of this satanic coalition cheer the Islamist’s willingness to hack off the heads they only fantasize hacking off.

What they don’t realize is that sooner rather than later the Islamists will be running the show. They have both superior numbers (now and especially in the future) and a more steadfast will to impose their agenda. Brutally, if necessary.

The vast majority of your friends are broken people with no foresight or divine grace. We should pray for them. Lord knows if their Islamist allies succeed, they certainly won’t be able to defend themselves.

BKennedy on August 23, 2014 at 3:21 AM

Close, but not quite.

It’s arrogance.

They’re keenly aware that the Muslims want to saw their heads off too.

They just think they’re so smart that they can stab the Muslims in the back before the Muslims stab them in the back.

They’re so very, very, very, VERY wrong.

HikaruKitsune on August 23, 2014 at 5:23 AM

“And yet the vast majority of Gays, Lesbians, and Trannies I know STILL side with Islam more often then not…”

HikaruKitsune on August 22, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Feeding the alligator hoping it eats you last

Bevan on August 23, 2014 at 8:26 AM

If the media has suppressed the story, it must be not because his four victims were Gay, but because they were White.
There can only be White on Black crime in America, never Black on White.

Another Drew on August 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

As we know, the “religion of peace” does not hate anyone: Christians, Jews, women or gays.

virgo on August 24, 2014 at 1:01 AM

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