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Investigators think Capitol attacker swayed by ‘ideological cause that provided justification to commit violence’

The New York Times, true to form, quotes Michael Muhammad Knight claiming that the Nation is far less violent than unnamed “white supremacist organizations,” which of course loom large in contemporary leftist propaganda. But the New York Times doesn’t point out to its readers that if the Nation is less violent than white supremacist groups, that doesn’t mean it is not violent at all. Nor does the Times bother to elucidate what exactly is the “justification to commit violence” that the Nation offers. The Times can’t say anything about that, because the Nation’s justifications for violence are among the things it took from orthodox Islam. The Times would never dream of admitting that there is anything in orthodox Islam that could provide justification to commit violence. And so it declares that the “motive remains unclear,” as it always is, and always must be, in cases such as this one.

“Capitol Suspect Struggled Before Attack, but Motive Remains Unclear,” by Nicholas Fandos, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Aishvarya Kavi, New York Times, April 3, 2021 (thanks to Darcy):

…Police have not categorized the incident as an act of domestic terrorism. A senior law enforcement official, who spoke anonymously to describe the active inquiry, said that, based on early evidence, investigators believed that Mr. Green was influenced by a combination of underlying mental health issues and a connection to an ideological cause that provided justification to commit violence.

Brendan Green told The Washington Post on Friday that his brother had been teetering on the edge for months, plagued by mental health problems and possibly drugs. Noah Green had briefly moved to Botswana this year, he said, and tried to jump in front of a car, before returning and asking to move in with his brother in suburban Virginia, not far from Washington. Brendan Green said his brother had become violently ill on Thursday night and left the apartment, declaring that he was ready to become homeless.

Attempts to reach Brendan Green and other members of the Green family were unsuccessful, including at his Virginia apartment. The family gave a statement to The Post on Saturday expressing condolences for the family of Officer William F. Evans, who died in the attack, and speculating that Mr. Green’s struggles may have been related to head injuries sustained playing football….

Mr. Green also posted a photo of a $1,085 donation he made as “Noah X” to the Nation of Islam’s Norfolk chapter for Saviours’ Day, the holiday honoring the birthday of its founder. A group of members standing outside the Norfolk chapter on Saturday declined to comment on Mr. Green when approached by a reporter….

Mr. Green’s adherence is likely to increase scrutiny on the group, as investigators try to determine whether his beliefs played a role on Friday’s attack. The relationship between violence and the Nation of Islam has been debated since it started about 90 years ago, especially as outsiders and insiders have disagreed over its teachings.

“From the earliest times in Nation history, people have been taking these texts and saying, this is about killing white people,” said Michael Muhammad Knight, an assistant professor of religion and cultural studies at the University of Central Florida, who specializes in American Islam.

“The Nation has a very strong anti-violence discourse that goes all the way back to the beginning,” he said. “Consistently, if you look at the Nation, you don’t see the body count that white supremacist organizations have.”…

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