- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Juan Cole, a history professor at the University of Michigan, argued in his blog Sunday that Islamophobia and anti-Shariah activists such as Pamela Geller and Geert Wilders were “a key influence” on the suspected Charleston church shooter.

Mr. Cole says suspect Dylann Roof’s manifesto shows that the “same hatemongers helped whip Norwegian white supremacist and terrorist Anders Brevik into a homocidal [sic] fever pitch” are also responsible for last week’s church shootings, The College Fix reported.

These include “the Geert Wilders and Marine LePens in Europe, for which Daniel Pipes, and Pamela Geller, and the whole Islamophobic network are cheerleaders and enablers.”

Mr. Roof wrote in his manifesto that he became “completely racially aware” after researching about white Europe being overrun by immigrants. Despite Mr. Roof making no mention in his rant of Breivik, Mr. Cole assumed in his blog that Mr. Roof was inspired by the Norwegian terrorist.

“Breivik’s passions were whipped up, according to his diary, by reading anti-Muslim hatemongers such as Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and Daniel Pipes,” Mr. Cole wrote.

“Ironically, some groups connected to the Islamophic [sic] Network are, like Geller and Pipes, Jewish. But their anti-immigrant, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim rhetoric backfired on them in Roof’s case, since he went on heartily to hate Jews, as well. Many American Jews, he held, are pro-African-American, and so he abhorred them, as well,” Mr. Cole continued. “But the biggest irony is that their agitation against European Muslims should have helped inspire Roof in South Carolina to kill 9 African-Americans.”

Mr. Roof’s manifesto also made no mention of Mr. Pipes, Ms. Geller, Mr. Spencer, Mr. Wilders or Muslims.

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