By Victor Ochieng
Speaking to a group of Muslims on Thursday night, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that her “greatest fear” is an attack against members of the faith in the wake of Paris shootings.
She’s worried about anti-Muslim talks that are likely to grow, as well as possible acts of violence. She said that “We cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.”
During the talk, Lynth is reported not to have made any mention of the San Bernardino, California, shootings that were apparently perpetrated by a Muslim couple. The incident is still under investigation by the FBI. Lynch urged Americans of all walks not to give in to violent acts as a result of the attacks that have been linked to Muslim extremists.
The California shooters are suspected to have been international terrorists attached to ISIS. During the Wednesday shootings at an office holiday party, up to 14 people lost their lives. The killers, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, escaped from the scene but were later gunned down during an encounter with the police.
The motive behind the killings hasn’t been established.
“It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know. It’s also possible that this was workplace-related,” President Obama said in a statement from the Oval Office.
The president gave the statement while flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, the AG, FBI Director James Comey and other members of the president’s national security team.
After the president made the statement, Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee fired at Obama.
“It doesn’t take a Harvard law degree to identify the inspiration and source of the San Bernardino slaughter: radical Islamic terrorism,” Huckabee said. “Concealing the truth and ignoring the obvious for the simple sake of a pro-Islam public relations campaign is an insult to the American people.”
ABC News reported that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also said that the California massacre looked like an Islamic terrorist attack.
“Take a look. I mean, you look at the names, you look at what’s happened. You tell me,” Trump said of the perpetrators.
During Thursday’s Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner, Lynch expressed her concerns with the growing rhetoric against the Muslim community, particularly after the Paris attacks, even saying that the rhetoric borders on violence.
Without a doubt, Muslims have lived in fear after some American mosques were vandalized and, in at least a single incident, fired at. The lives of many Muslim believers have also been threatened.
“When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted,” Lynch said, according to Buzzfeed.
She spoke against the idea of blocking Syrian refugees from setting foot in the U.S. Although she said it’s okay to take aggressive action, she was against the idea of taking impetuous action.
“When we are ruled by fear, we actually are not making ourselves safe,” Lynch said. “My message to the Muslim community is we stand with you in this.”