The Washington correspondent for the left-leaning Nation magazine claims those who highlight the Fort Hood killer’s Muslim ties are inspiring “Islamophobia.”

Instead, John Nichols proposes in his blog entry that Americans regard Nidal Malik Hasan, whose terrorist shooting massacre left 13 dead and dozens more wounded, separately from his faith.

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“There was clearly something wrong with this imperfect follower of Islam. But that does not mean that there is something wrong with Islam,” wrote Nichols. “Enlightened Americans … should be unsettled by the rush to judgment regarding not just this one Muslim but all Muslims.”

With evidence of Hasan’s link to Islamic extremists quickly stacking up, Nichols decried, “Because a soldier identified as the gunman had a name that led to the presumption that he was Muslim, the incident inspired an all-too-predictable explosion of Islamophobia.”

Read More: By Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily

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