The Result Of Anti-Muslim Hysteria

...perpetuated and grown by the likes of Pamela Geller. It was only a matter of time:
According to Detective Marc Nell, at 6:12 pm last night, the driver picked up Michael Enright, 21, at the intersection of 24th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. The cab proceeded to drive north, and Enright asked the driver, who Nell identified as a 43-year-old Asian male, if he was Muslim. After the driver responded that he was, Enright allegedly stabbed him repeatedly with a Leatherman tool, according to police.

"[Enright] stabbed the driver in the throat, right arm, left forearm, right thumb and upper lip," Nell said.

According to police, the driver called 911, and stopped the cab on 3rd Avenue between 40th and 41st streets, managing to lock Enright inside until police arrived.

The good news (if you can find 'good' in any of this) is that:

1. the cabbie is in stable condition and
2. the alleged attacker was apprehended and will be charged with attempted murder as a hate crime, assault with a weapon as a hate crime, aggravated harassment second degree because of race and religion, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Sadly, I think that things will continue to get worse before they get better -- particularly with all of the anti-Muslim rhetoric that is floating around...