For those who argue that we should not have a negative view of Islam generally but rather should go about, in the manner of the ants who helped Psyche, knowledgeably picking apart the grains and seeds of "good Islam" from "bad Islam," Robert Spencer notes an interesting trend. This, with reference to the Portland, OR, bomber:
[D]espite Mohamud's avowedly Islamic motivations, the Imam Yosof Wanly of the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Oregon, followed a predictable and oft-repeated pattern when he downplayed Mohamud's connection to the local Muslim community. Every jihadist who has ever lived for any time in the United States has been simultaneously a devout and informed Muslim by his own account, and by the account of the local mosque leaders, someone they seldom saw and who was at odds with the larger community when he did show up. It raises a large question that no journalist ever has the wit or courage to ask: if these jihad terrorists really had little or nothing to do with their local mosques, and if their understanding of Islam differs so sharply from that of the area Muslims, where did they learn the version of Islam that impelled them to attempt mass-murder of infidels?
And here the same pattern comes again in the case of the Swedish Muslim suicide bomber, about whom the Swedes are so carefully refusing to "jump to conclusions." On the one hand, his friends in Sweden seem to think that he was "radicalized" by an Egyptian imam that he met in Luton, England.
Wahab became interested in radical Islam in the town just north of London, where he met his wife, reportedly the same age as him and also a Swedish citizen.
"He got to know an Egyptian imman [sic] at the mosque in Luton," a friend of the family told Expressen, adding that during his time there "he became another person. It's hard to say how. He changed and became more restrictive."
When he returned to Sweden in 2005, he had a beard, cut contact with his old friends and led a withdrawn life.
On the other hand, the people at the mosque in Luton say they threw him out for his "extremist" views. Where's the mysterious Egyptian imam? Did he get thrown out, too? Does anyone admit he was even there? Nobody knows nothin'. This despite the fact that Luton is known as a hotbed of extremism. They must be throwing lots of people out of the mosque there.
But maybe not. Maybe, in other words, they're just lying.