Hate speech from the Koran

Before authorities subdued him, Islamist fanatic Michael Adebolajo had virtually decapitated British soldier Lee Rigby with a butcher knife on a London street in broad daylight.

But the blood-soaked assailant, a British citizen of Nigerian descent, had a ready explanation: He was only following the dictates of the Koran. On his person, as a matter of fact, he had a piece of paper citing numbered verses, 20-odd Koran passages that had motivated him: 2:216, 4:69-76, 9:51-5, etc.

In reporting the grisly 2013 murder, the media mostly skipped the Koranic stuff. Those news outlets that did mention Adebolajo’s citations dismissed them as his “warped” or “deranged” attempt to justify the assault using the holy book of the “religion of peace.”

But the citations are part of the investigative record. You can look them up. And guess what? Adebolajo wasn’t just hallucinating the inferences he drew from his faith’s holy text.