A Christian Terrorist Plot That Goes Unreported
18 July 2015
By Tariq A. Al-Maeena
In the aftermath of the attack on a church in Charleston, South Carolina by a
white Christian supremacist, the media ran extensive analysis on the who's
and why's of the assault which led to the murder of nine people attending
service. One of the debates to emerge from the reverberation of this ghastly
act was whether this was indeed an act of terrorism or simply a young man
gone "temporarily insane".
In the past, the US news media flinched from identifying such acts as acts of
terrorism simply because they did not fit the profile. I mean there was no
one named Mohammed in the picture, no heavily bearded and swarthy individual
that the public would love to hate, and no evidence of public rhetoric
against the Western world. Therefore, it made sense for the right-wing US
corporate media to dismiss acts such as the crime committed in Charleston by
a young white male, the 21-year-old Dylann Roof, as anything but "terrorism".
A couple of months earlier there was another sinister plot by another white
Christian terrorist, only this one failed to capture the attention of the
national media. Robert Rankin Doggart, a former congressional candidate from
Tennessee, was caught red-handed on tape and on social media discussing
elaborate plans to wipe out a complete Muslim community in upstate New York!
Doggart, an ordained minister himself, felt no remorse in planning such a
heinous plot. The target was the community of Islamberg near Hancock, New
York. He focused on that particular town after watching a Fox News report on
the Muslims in that town. His plans came to light when an informant passed on
the information to the FBI who began a series of telephone recordings and
surveillance which led to his eventual arrest.
In one of the calls recorded by the informant, the ordained minister was
clearly heard saying: "Those guys have to be killed. Their buildings need to
be burnt down. If we can get in there and do that without losing a man, even
the better." The buildings Doggart was referring to included a mosque, a
school and a cafeteria.
Another recording revealed the true nature of this Christian terrorist's
murderous intent: "When we meet in this state, the people we seek will know
who we are. We will be cruel to them. And we will burn down their buildings
[and] if anyone attempts to, uh, harm us in any way, our standoff gunner will
take them down from 350 yards away. The standoff gunner would be me."
Doggart then took to social media and on Facebook blatantly posted: "Target 3
(Islamberg) is vulnerable from many approaches and must be utterly destroyed.
We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the
enemies of our Nation and World Peace."
Doggart's words were not those of someone simply blowing off hot air.
Investigations revealed that he had actually traveled around "to recruit
gunners and 'battle test' his M4 rifle" as was disclosed during the court
hearings after his arrest. One of the charges at the court read: "The
defendant was fully aware of the religious character of the mosque when he
identified it as one of the buildings that needed to be burned. Additionally,
the defendant suggested on a cellular telephone call that he and his group
would kill some residents of Islamberg in order to carry out the plan."
So what did eventually transpire with this Christian terrorist with such
murderous intent? He was first allowed to plead guilty only to interstate
communication of threats with a maximum five-year jail term. Although
initially detained, a Federal magistrate later allowed his release on certain
conditions after his attorneys said he had stopped taking pain medication and
was no longer abusing alcohol. I suppose his hatred was driven by the pills
he was popping and by alcohol. No Guantanamo for this terrorist! And none of
the national media showed any interest in this diabolical conspiracy.
And why should they? He is not named Mohammed.
Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator. He lives in
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.