Editor's Murder Shows Failure of Tolerance

Hitchens hits cops for abetting criminality in religious guise
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2007 2:47 PM CDT
Oakland Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan, center, takes questions from the media during a news conference Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. Police said they recovered firearms linked to the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The notoriously irreligious Christopher Hitchens decries the Oakland police's tolerance of Your Black Muslim Bakery, one of whose employees has been arrested for the murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey. In an op-ed for Slate Hitchens writes that the bakery is in fact a front for jihadism and that Bay Area law enforcement is guilty of "official apathy— amounting to collusion."

Hitchens chides the police for reluctance to investigate an enterprise whose associates have been accused of rape and murder. And he charges that black leaders such as Oakland mayor Ron Dellums and Rep. Barbara Lee have validated black Muslim racism and criminality. Hitchens wonders just how much the police would countenance: "Should we wait until unveiled women are attacked on the street?"