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Student Accused of Stabbing Muslim Cabbie Denied Bail

Monday, September 13, 2010

A city film student accused of stabbing a cab driver because he was Muslim was temporarily denied bail on Monday. A judge says he'll make a decision about Michael Enright's bail application at his Septebmer 22 arraignment.

Enright's attorney told the judge the cabbie's injuries were minor.

Defense attorney Lawrence Fisher insisted his client should be released from a psych ward at Bellevue Hospital because he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder from his time shooting a film in Afghanistan, and from alcoholism.

Enright, 21, was a student at the School of Visual Arts and attacked Ahmed Sharif with a folding knife on August 24. Enright told the driver, "Consider this a checkpoint," before slicing his neck.

He's charged with attempted murder and assault, both as hate crimes.

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April from Manhattan

The stabbing of a muslim cabbie is appalling! Recently, I took part in a pro-mosque demonstration in downtown Manhattan. No one seems to be focusing o the name "Cordoba Center". It appears many New Yorkers are not aware that in Andalusia, (including Cordoba), under muslims, the highest level of peace and tolerance among "The Children of Abraham", (as the much and unjustly defamed, Jimmy Carter called the three "great" monotheistic religions), was attained. It was not only a time of peace but of high accomplishment in the arts and sciences. Put to an end by Ferdinand and Isabella, who exiled most muslims and killed jews who did not convert at the point of a sword. (Many later killed anyway in the inquisition.) I can't believe that New Yorkers, who like to think of ourselves as tolerant, have stooped to this. What has happened to "Liberty and justice for all"? I found it offensive that President Obama called this "A Judeo-Christian country". We do not have an established religion. We should have freedom from, as well as of, religion. The New York Times mentioned that the opposition of the Anti Defamation League, comparing feelings of some families of 9/11 victims to those of holocaust survivors, "could be decisive". At The NY HIstorical Society this spring, in another context, Henry Louis Gates pointed out that one injustice does not justify another. And that being a victim does not confer moral superiority. Those ideas seem relevant to me in this situation. What is happening in this city? It reminds me of the civil rights movement in the South, in which, as a white eighteen year old atheist of Christian background, picketed a motel alone in the country. Here and now, muslim cab drivers, when I offer them my support and say i am for the Cordoba Center and tell them this is not the real America, too often say "I wish I heard that more often."

Sep. 14 2010 10:55 AM

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