Just a day after the horrific shooting, Ross ordered a bouquet of yellow roses costing $59.95 to be delivered to Hasan in the hospital.
Ross included a note with the flowers, which read “Major Nidal Hasan. Qur’an Chapter 2: Verse 190-3. In God’s eye, those who submit, you are a hero.”
Ross, a former Vietnam War soldier himself and a self-described Christian, said “The FBI came by and thought I was on drugs… That’s part of Christianity, love your enemies and do good to them.”
Ross was reported to the FBI by the florist, also a veteran, and he claims that much of what he does is dictated to him by the Holy Spirit, so it is probably best not to take his interpretation of events too seriously.
This concept of "loving your enemies" does not seem to have reached everyone in the United States, however.
On 10th November 2009, it was reported that police had been called to a disturbance at a shopping centre in Pleasanton, California.
A 22 year old man, Abdul Walid Hamid, was screaming anti-Christian comments and acting in a violent manner before he snatched a crucifix from around a man's neck:
Deputy District Attorney Ronda Theisen requested the bail for Abdul Walid Hamid stay at $27,000 as the 22-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of battery, grand theft, exhibition of a deadly weapon and a possible hate crime.
Police arrested 22-year-old Hamid of Hayward Wednesday evening after he reportedly robbed a man and scared others at Stoneridge Shopping Center.
Calling it a bizarre case, Theisen also asked that Hamid, who is still in custody, be ordered to stay out of the mall if he does post bail and leaves jail.
Through an interpreter, Hamid requested a public defender and was scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Thursday where he is expected to enter a plea.
According to reports, Hamid was yelling "Allah is power" and "Islam is great" while holding a pen in a fist over his head and witnesses said he had been shouting anti-Christian comments.
Pleaanton Police Lt. Mike Elerick said the man was not provoked and didn't threaten violence, but he committed robbery when he grabbed and broke a crucifix off a man's neck.
Police said they weren't aware of a prior criminal history for the man.
"We had multiple people calling 911," Elerick said. "One female was crouching down and hiding from him. He definitely scared quite a few people."
Nothing to do with Islam, obviously! What a perplexing mystery, Deputy DA Theison - what could his motive have been? Islam is power? Allah is great? Nope, nothing to see here.
I personally feel that whilst Westerners and Christians are loving and embracing their enemies, with interpreters and public defenders if not bouquets of flowers, and Muslims are hating and attacking theirs, there can only be one outcome.
At least Muslims actually identify who their enemies are, something the vast majority of people in the modern West either cannot or will not do.