The Islamic Elephant

Pardon me if I’m skeptical about this report:

The hearing for driver Ibrahim Sheikh Ahmed, 37, is on the agenda of the 1:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday of the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission.

Ahmed was arrested Feb. 18 on charges of criminal homicide after police said he hit Ohio student Jeremie Invus with his United Cab Co. van. Ahmed is in the Metro Jail awaiting trial.

Another student, Andrew Nelson of Dayton, Ohio, dodged the van as it sped toward them.

According to a police report, the three men had a conversation about religion while in the taxi that “became heated.” Shortly after the men paid Ahmed, he chased them in his van across the parking lot and over a curb, police said.

Metro police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said one of the students is Catholic and the other is Lutheran. Mumford said that Ahmed’s religion was not known.

It’s possible that the Nashville Police Department and/or The Tennessean newspaper has a policy of asking only victims their religious affiliation. It’s possible that Ahmed is an independent Baptist and that the “conversation” was a debate about transubstantiation and consubstantiation.

It’s also possible that monkeys might fly out of one of my body cavities.

It’s more likely that if the driver had been an evangelical Christian and the victim’s name was Ahmed, we’d not only know the religion of the accused, The Tennessean would have contacted Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson immediately for comment on the evils of Islamophobia.

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