Are Tennessee Church Shootings Jihad?
Evidence points to alleged shooter being a Muslim convert.
The suspect arrested on suspicion of shooting up three Christian churches in Shelbyville, Tennessee appears to be a convert to Islam, a critically important detail that the incurious mainstream media has not been reporting.
Wendell Tobias Buchanan, who turned 36 in August, is being held in the local county jail on $500,000 bond.
Buchanan was taken into custody last Saturday (October 1), Pamela Geller reports,
…shortly after he was seen driving by Horse Mountain Church of Christ on Horse Mountain Road, which was hit on at least three separate occasions by gunfire. Buchanan allegedly fired into two other churches — Philippi Methodist Church and Singleton United Methodist Church — the University of Tennessee Extension office and shot out several Charter Communications cable boxes during overnight hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
As part of its ongoing terrorist protection program, Facebook has scrubbed Buchanan’s page of all information except his name. Geller managed to take screen shots while the information on the page was available.
A Facebook post from September 8 indicates Buchanan professed belief in the Islamic deity and seems to radiate the zeal of a convert. “Friends and family of Facebook I’ve been granted knowledge of the unseen world as a mercy from my Lord Allah.”
The social media entry contains several other references to Allah. Buchanan writes that Allah’s “will and word are the ultimate truth,” and “I owe absolutely everything to Allah because he has set me free from my spiritual cage and I feel so much better physically and mentally than I have in months.”
He ended the post with, “Read the Qu’ran because it is the true word of God and seek guidance for a better understanding. Shalom.”
In the comments section underneath the post a Facebook friend wrote “I didn’t know you believed in Islamic book?” Buchanan replied, “I do because I was compelled to do so.”
According to the Times-Gazette of Shelbyville, Buchanan was charged with desecration of a venerated object, vandalism under $10,000, vandalism under $500, 18 counts of vandalism under $1,000, and four counts of destroying/interference with utility lines.
Additional charges may be laid against Buchanan, Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing (D) has said.
Buchanan doesn’t have much of a criminal record. He entered a conditional plea to a marijuana possession charge in 2000, pled guilty in 2004 to driving with a suspended license, and was convicted of two driving-related misdemeanors, according to publicly available court records.
In 2009 Geller reported on alleged child abuse at the al-Farooq mosque in Nashville, 50-odd miles away from Shelbyville. She also reported the same year that a Tyson Foods meat-packing plant in Shelbyville gave in to pressure from a local union and dropped the paid holiday of Labor Day in favor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. Tyson reversed the policy change after a public backlash.
This wasn’t the first terrorist attack in Tennessee.
A naturalized Kuwaiti-born Muslim named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez killed five U.S. servicemen at military recruiting centers in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015. The following December 16 FBI Director James Comey concluded the shootings were “motivated by foreign terrorist organization propaganda.”
Comey said in February 2015 that the tentacles of Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) in the U.S. extend to all parts of the country. Islamic State is a “chaotic spider web” that utilizes social media to radicalize people across America, he said.
“We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states,” said Comey, adding, “This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon. This is all 50 states and in ways that are very hard to see.”
Islamic State has called on Muslims to murder American military personnel in the U.S. In February last year, Islamic State urged its supporters to assassinate American-born Yasir Qadhi, a professor in the religious studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis. He is also dean of academic affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute in Houston, Texas.
Tennessee is a frequent destination for Muslim immigrants. The state’s education system has been targeted by the terrorist front group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Throughout the U.S. there are hidden and not-so-hidden enclaves in which anti-American Muslims plot and foment civil unrest and worse. Many mosques and Islamic community centers throughout the nation focus very little on strictly religious matters. Instead, they are hotbeds of jihadism where hatred of the United States, its form of government, religious pluralism, history, and culture are taught and reinforced.
Making matters worse, the Obama administration has been concealing the staggering breadth of terrorist activity in the United States. A recent government report indicated that law enforcement had 7,712 “encounters” with terrorists from July 20, 2015 through July 20, 2016.
There have been at least 93 Muslim terrorist plots in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001. The overwhelming majority of those plots took place during Barack Obama’s presidency.
Here is where the figure of 93 comes from: the Heritage Foundation hasn’t updated its list of all the post-9⁄11 Muslim terrorist plots in the U.S. since a July 2 terrorist event but as of that date the figure was 89. Of those 89, only 27 took place during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Number 90 since Sept. 11, 2001 would be the Sept. 17 bombing in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood allegedly carried out by Ahmad Khan Rahami. Number 91 took place the same day at Crossroads Mall, in St. Cloud, Minnesota when Dahir Adan stabbed nine people. Number 92 was the Sept. 23 Cascade Mall shooting spree in Burlington, Washington allegedly carried out by Arcan Cetin. Number 93 was the church shooting rampage.
Meanwhile, Islamic State is now urging supporters to go low-tech when engaging in terrorist attacks. Its new monthly magazine, Rumiyah, encourages entrepreneurial jihadists to get over being “squeamish” and stab their victims with knives. It recommends attackers use a baseball bat to daze victims before stabbing them.
Bridget Johnson reports at the Observer that the magazine “explicitly described what organs the attacker should aim for, how hitting a skull risks a broken knife blade and how pausing to ‘fully detach the head’ isn’t advised for the novice beheader.”
The suggested targets were especially unnerving: head for random people, ISIS directed, walking on the beach, in a park, coming home from the night shift, leaving a nightclub, enjoying a rippling creek. Forget the large crowds, the terror group said, and hit quiet neighborhoods in multiple-attack sprees with “widely available” knives.
“One need not be a military expert or a martial arts master, or even own a gun or rifle in order to carry out a massacre or to kill and injure several disbelievers and terrorize an entire nation,” the ISIS article said.
Islamic State wants “medieval, simplistic attacks” on the theory that “[s]pontaneity not only spreads terror to the most unlikely corners of the country, but creates an even bigger nightmare for our efforts to intercept terrorists in the planning stages,” Johnson writes.
Wendell Tobias Buchanan may have answered Islamic State’s call to attack Americans