Right after the shootings in San Bernardino, the terrorism talk started. Media and politicians said:
- The two shooters are connected to ISIS.
- They were influenced by foreign terrorist groups.
- Syed Rizwan Farook was “self-radicalized” as an “Islamic terrorist.”
- Tashfeen Malik posted public statements on social media about violent jihad.
The politicians and the headlines, it turns out, were wrong. And that matters. In a season that proclaims hope for peace and good will, we can begin by countering fear-mongering with facts. Continue reading