This week’s entry combines malakatude with dumbassery, redneckery and xenophobia. The last word is the key since, like malaka, it’s a Greek word and this week’s malaka attacked a Greek Orthodox Priest in Tampa, Florida and not because services are too damn long either.It’s a classic case of post-9/11 paranoia:
Marine reservist Jasen Bruce was getting clothes out of the trunk
of his car Monday evening when a bearded man in a robe approached him.
man, a Greek Orthodox priest named Father Alexios Marakis, speaks
little English and was lost, police said. He wanted directions.
the priest got instead, police say, was a tire iron to the head. Then
he was chased for three blocks and pinned to the ground — as the Marine
kept a 911 operator on the phone, saying he had captured a terrorist.
Police say Bruce offered several reasons to explain his actions:
The man tried to rob him.
The man grabbed Bruce’s crotch and made an overt sexual advance in perfect English.
man yelled “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” the same words
some witnesses said the Fort Hood shooting suspect uttered last week.
“That’s what they tell you right before they blow you up,” police say Bruce told them.
ended up in jail, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
He was released Tuesday on $7,500 bail. Marakis ended up at the
hospital with stitches. He told the police he didn’t want to press
charges, espousing biblical forgiveness.
But Tuesday, Bruce wasn’t saying sorry.
p>It’s a sad saga of stupidity and ignorance. If Father Marakis is like most Orthodox priests, there was a big ass crucifix around his neck, which could have been a clue to Mr. Bruce that “allahu akbar” was the last thing he was likely to say. Hmm, I wonder if he called the guy a malaka instead? Probably not.
I somehow doubt that Father Marakis either groped or tried to rob Mr. Malaka: there are some people who see a terrist under every bed and beneath every robe. And the hysteria may get revvved up all over again in the wake of the Fort Hood shootings, which strikes me as more about a man cracking up than Islamic radicalism but there’s a lot of malakatude out there.
I had just finished this post when I learned that this is not the first time Jasen Bruce has beenaccused of attacking someone. In this two year old instance, it was a Tampa truck driver so obviously the terrist thing was just an excuse. Jeez, just when I was going to calll Jasen Bruce a symptom of a larger problem, it turns out that he’s a bad tempered thug as well as a misguided malaka.
Hat Tip: Jude