NYC: MUSLIM cabdriver attacked because of his religion

I predicted this yesterday. In response to a Muslim commenter who was defending the Victory Mosque, I said if they did not abandon this project, things would get bad for Muslims in this country.

NY DAILY NEWS A boozed-up bigot used a pocket knife to viciously slash an innocent cab driver in Manhattan – just because the driver was Muslim, police said Wednesday.

Michael Enright, 21, of upstate New York, was charged with felony attempted murder as a hate crime – among other crimes – after the sick attack on Ahmed Sharif, 43, Tuesday night.

Sharif, who was slashed in the throat, upper lip, arm and hand, said he believes the battle over the Ground Zero mosque has inflamed anti-Muslim sentiment in America.(Payback’s a bitch: (beheadings-graphic)

“I never feel this hopeless and insecure before,” the Queens man said in the statement. “Right now, the public sentiment is very serious (because of the Ground Zero mosque debate). All [taxi] drivers should be more careful.”

Muslims praying on 42nd St. in Manhattan

According to the Taxi Workers Alliance, Enright was friendly when he first got into the cab, asking Sharif where he was from, how long had he been in America and whether he was Muslim.

Muslim bus-driver praying in bus full of passengers

After his initial flurry of questions, Enright grew silent for several minutes before suddenly attacking the unsuspecting Sharif in Murray Hill, according to the union. Cops said Enright whipped out the knife from his multi-gadget Leatherman tool. He reached through the partially open plastic barrier separating the front seat from the back and repeatedly stabbed Sharif.

Sharif fought back in self defense and Enright fled the vehicle near 42nd St., according to the union. Sharif flagged down a cop along 42nd St. and the officer chased down Enright, according to the union spokeswoman, Bhairavi Desai.

In addition to the charge of attempted murder as a hate crime, cops booked Enright for assault with a weapon as a hate crime, harassment as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Sharif was treated at Bellevue hospital and released.

HUH? Alleged Muslim cab driver assailant works at a pro-Ground Zero Victory Mosque leftist organization.

Gee, I guess he was trying to make it look like some Islamophobe attacked the cabbie. Sick bastard.

POLITICO The apparent anti-Muslim assault on a New York city cabbie by a man shouting “Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint” produced an immediate round of recriminations over its connection to opposition to a New York Islamic Center and an apparent rising tide of Islamophobia.

Attacker in Afghanistan

But as often at the intersection of politics and violent crime, the story doesn’t appear to fit any easy stereotype: The alleged assailant, Michael Enright, is — according to his Facebook profile and the website of the left-leaning media organization Intersections International — a student at the School of Visual Arts and a volunteer for Intersections, which recently produced a statement of support for the Park51 project and is funded by the mainstream, liberal Collegiate Church of New York.

So-called Anti-Muslim\’ attacker works for Pro Cordoba Mosque Group