Pearland, TX — Because of America’s tendency to both provoke and buy into irrational fear of Muslims, a mute six-year-old boy with Down Syndrome was accused of being a terrorist last month, prompting a police response and investigation. “My wife and kids were crying a few days ago and I told them everything is fine.” The case is now gaining the attention of local news and activists as it highlights the power of the state and media to stir up blatant ignorance and hatred toward innocent people based solely on their religious preference. As the Free Thought Project’s Jay Syrmopolous pointed out, if there is one thing that Islamic fundamentalists and Islamophobic fascists agree on, it’s that there should be no “gray zone;” only black and white. Also, a Duke University study found more terrorism suspects and perpetrators were brought to the attention of law enforcement by members of the Muslim-American community than were discovered through U.S. government investigations. Also, Americans will do well to remember how it was that ISIS came to be in the first place, and avoid future murderous blunders that will inevitably fill the ranks of extremist groups with even more susceptible victims of Western foreign policy.