New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi wrote Saturday that a victim of the San Bernardino shooting massacre wasn't all that different from one of the suspected killers — in fact, the headline said this victim was "just as bigoted."
The image used in column by New York Daily News' Linda Stasi depicting Nicholas Thalasinos and his wife, Jennifer. (Thalasinos Family via AP)
In her piece, Stasi wouldn't name Syed Farook (so as not to add to the "fame" of the "killer") but said he and victim Nicholas Thalasinos "were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department. Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage."
More from Stasi:
One man spent his free time writing frightening, NRA-loving, hate-filled screeds on Facebook about the other’s religion.
The other man quietly stewed and brewed his bigotry, collecting the kind of arsenal that the Facebook poster would have envied.
What they didn’t realize is that except for their different religions they were in many ways similar men who even had the same job.
While Farook was a "radicalized" Muslim, Stasi wrote that Thalasinos was a "radical Born Again Christian/Messianic Jew" who "died as the male equivalent of Pamela Geller."
Stasi didn't soft-pedal with Farook or his "murderous" wife, but she appeared to dole out most of her disdain to Thalasinos — and while Thalasinos and his wife were depicted in a photo at the top of Stasi's column, no image of Farook was used.
More from Stasi:
Make no mistake, as disgusting and deservedly dead as the hate-filled fanatical Muslim killers were, Thalasinos was also a hate-filled bigot. Death can’t change that. But in the U.S., we don’t die for speaking our minds. Or we’re not supposed to anyway.
Thalasinos was an anti-government, anti-Islam, pro-NRA, rabidly anti-Planned Parenthood kinda guy, who posted that it would be “Freaking Awesome” if hateful Ann Coulter was named head of Homeland Security. He asked, “IS 1. EVERY POLITICIAN IS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR? 2. EVERY POLITICIAN IS A MORON? 3. EVERY POLITICIAN IS RACIST AGAINST JEWS?” He also posted screeds like, “You can stick your Muslim Million Man march up your asses,” and how “Hashem” should blow up Iran.
His Facebook page warns that “Without HEALTHY PREGNANT WOMAN (Democrats) would have NO SOURCE of BABIES to SACRIFICE and SELL!”
We have freedom of speech but even so, a city worker should refrain from such public bigotry. Municipal workers have been fired for spewing and posting racial and sexual slurs.
All of which appears to have led Stasi to conclude that Thalasinos is "inaccurately being eulogized as a kind and loving religious man."
This story has been updated.
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