Michael Enright, the young man alleged to have stabbed a Muslim cab driver, has thrown a proverbial spanner in the works.
It would have made it easier on everyone had Enright's story followed all the familiar paths; if only it had fit all our preconceived notions, we wouldn't have to think so much. Rather than being a right wing nut, a Tea party member who opposed the building of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, Enright can more accurately be describes as left-wing liberal supporter of the Ground Zero Mosque. Enright was a volunteer for Intersections International whose "core mission is tied to interfaith dialogue and cross cultural cooperation, especially with our Muslim brothers and sisters."
In his statement on the crime Rev. Robert Chase, Executive Director of Intersections International said Enright "shared our vision for a diverse and peaceful world".
Clearly, alcohol was involved. It's being reported that Enright had problems with drinking, though friends believed he had been sober for a year.
Further complicating the issue, the NY Post is reporting that the victim, cab driver Ahmed Sharif, was opposed to the construction of the Mosque at Ground Zero. The NY Post article ends appropriately; "Tuesday's stabbing must be taken for what it was: the act of a disturbed individual who is now in custody."