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Illinois: Joshua Scaggs Stabs Man to “Save This Country”

2 January 2012 General 39 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

(Muslim News)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for federal civil rights charges to be filed against a man seeking to “save his country” by allegedly stabbing a faculty member of the University of Illinois College of Law who he thought was Middle Eastern.

The non-Muslim victim of Sri Lankan origin was stabbed December 7 on the second floor of the Illinois Terminal Building in Champaign, Ill. The victim was singled out due to his perceived ethnicity and the attacker allegedly committed the offense to, in his words, save his country. The victim underwent surgery for a stab wound to his neck.

His alleged attacker, 23-year-old Joshua Scaggs, was charged with attempted murder and a hate crime.

We thank local law enforcement authorities for their swift and professional actions in this case and urge the US Department of Justice to consider what federal civil rights charges could be filed in the case, said a CAIR spokesman.

Adding, Our society must begin to address the rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment that can lead to such disturbing incidents.

CAIR contacted the FBI and local police to seek the investigation of a possible bias motive for the stabbing of a Sikh man at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in California.

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  1. It’s a hate crime, pure and simple. Throw him under the jail!

  2. It’s a hate crime, pure and simple. Throw him under the jail!

  3. yeah its crazy muslims blow up christians to save their country

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  6. Just because a man has brown skin doesn’t mean he’s Muslim. The same can even be said of people who wear turbans. Most people you see in the west who wear turbans are Sikhs. Most Muslims wear the kufi (either in the shape of a hat of a skull-cap) rather than turbans.

  7. Just because a man has brown skin doesn’t mean he’s Muslim. The same can even be said of people who wear turbans. Most people you see in the west who wear turbans are Sikhs. Most Muslims wear the kufi (either in the shape of a hat of a skull-cap) rather than turbans.

  8. ^thats in another country. and those muslims are extremist. either way we are supposed to be a country of equality and religious freedom so michael your statement is ignorand and invalid

  9. ^thats in another country. and those muslims are extremist. either way we are supposed to be a country of equality and religious freedom so michael your statement is ignorand and invalid

  10. Muslims have been in this country since before the Revolutionary War. Some of them fought alongside us against the British. It’s as much their country as anyone else’s.

  11. I thought this man had the best excuse in the history of the U.S. criminal justice system.

  12. “why did you incinerate these kittens?!”

  13. “to save the country”

  14. Muslims are the new Jews as far as worldwide persecution goes. :(

  15. Fascists like Joshua Scaggs are the ones we need to “save” this country from.

  16. You can’t call him a fascist, Comrade. You have no idea about his political views. Call him something he actually is – a racist.

  17. @ Kate Albrecht: That’s a fairly useless response. I was just making a point. I consider the rising Islamophobia to be just one part of a general trend toward Fascism in this country.

  18. well thats just pathetic.” to save the country.”

  19. Perhaps getting a tan this summer could be dangerous to your health.

  20. I guess he’s too stupid to realize he’d go to prison, and there are Muslims there too. I hope he doesn’t get solitary. ;P

  21. To Mr. Skaggs — Hey, save the country from stupid & ugly: Wanna shed 20 punds of ugly fat fast?? Cut off yer head!!!

  22. stupid action that cost his life behind bar and the worse what will be waiting for him inside the jail time! if he really wants to save the country he should learn to tolerate with others and stop being racist!

  23. This shows where hate can take you.

  24. What is wrong with the ones who do such deeds of hate. Emotional junkies of bitterness and hate act as primative as a saber tooth lame brain.

  25. funny how some racist fanatics claim that they are true christians but yet they hate people from the middeast where the 3 main religions originated from,hey joshua scaggs did you know that jesus was not totally white just checking…

  26. Ugh. Here is a recipe: even if someone finds themself unable to love their neighbor or practice simple kindness, at the VERY LEAST, just focus on and fix themselves. Each of us has more than enough weaknesses, foibles, and sillinesses to last us several lifetimes to fix — with no time left over to criticize or try to “fix” (much less hurt) others.

  27. wanna know how to stop this socalled islamophobia lol that isnt even a real word by the way…stop killing and beheading and burning and stoning and maiming people and calling for the death of us all who deny your false god is a god…thats how you stop this so called islamophobia lol too funny
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  28. it’s okay Charles…no one can expect much else from ignorant people like you. And fyi, anyone who believes in God believes in Allah. It’s like saying “I like cheese but I don’t like gibn.” Haha same thing, two languages. Reality check, buddy. :)

  29. I would be willing to bet the man was on drugs or is deranged in some way.

  30. Ok zana my God is the Lord Jesus Christ will you are any muslim claim that He is their God as well?

  31. @Charles: Muslims believe that Jesus was a Prophet of God, and Muslims respect him as we respect other prophets including Prophet Muhammad.

    Also Muslims called God, in Arabic which is Allah. The Christian Spanish called God, Dios, if you go to South Korea, the Christians there do NOT call Him by God, they have their korean word for God for him.

    And why are you so concern if Muslims worship Jesus as God or respect him just as a prophet? The Jews who believe in Judaism don’t believe Jesus as God OR a prophet…would you go to the Jewish people and bash them about it? Of course you wouldn’t. They would call you anti-Semitic.

  32. I call God Jesus and so do all Christians…do you call God that?

  33. sorry, Allah is just a demon suffering by alzheimer plus sclerosis:) evident from quran

  34. sorry, viola is just a demon suffering by alzheimers plus sclerosis (: evident from her posts.

  35. @charles, what do u call Jesus’s father? God? we call him god too or Allah.

  36. I think anyone who TRULY believes in a God of any kind would NEVER say unkind things about someone else’s God just because of stereotypes. I’m a Christian too CHARLES so don’t u dare speak for all of us like you’re Jesus or something. Jesus would’ve EMBRACED HIS FELLOW MAN despite what they believed. As long as they didn’t kill and covet and maime and slander others. The God YOU call God is loving and accepting. Obviously YOU weren’t made in His image lol

  37. Charles, maybe you don’t underdstand English either… Haha “Allah” is just a word, not a term. Like “God” or “Dieu” or whatever language anyone speaks. Though it may come as a surprise to you, there are Arab Christians, and believe it or not, they call their god “Allah” because they speak Arabic. Try again, buddy. ;)

  38. @ Charles Martel: Not true. Arab Christians in the millions call God “Allah”. What do you say to that?

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