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COLLEGE honours student Michael Enright, 21, a volunteer for an organisation called Intersections International, faces charges of attempted murder and hate crime assault following an attack on Tuesday on cabbie Ahmad Sharif, who suffered a serious neck and face wounds.

Michael Enright, right, confers with his attorney Jason Martin, during his arraignment in a New York City courtroom on charges that include attempted murder as a hate crime

According to this report, Enright hailed Sharif’s cab, then asked the driver if he was a Muslim. He replied yes.
After a few moments of silence, Enright, according to a statement issued by the Taxi Drivers’ Alliance:

Suddenly started cursing and screaming. He yelled ‘Assalamu Alaikum. Consider this a checkpoint,’ then slashed Mr Sharif across the neck. As Mr. Sharif went to knock the knife out, the perpetrator, continuing to scream loudly, cut the taxi driver in the face (from nose to upper lip), arm and hand.

Enright volunteered with Intersections International which is
A New York-based global initiative dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace across lines of faith, culture, ideology, race, class, national borders and other boundaries that divide humanity.
The group’s executive director, the Rev Robert Chase said in this report:

I am deeply distressed if this is the Mike Enright that we know. Especially, or sadly, ironic, is that our work is about building bridges between different faiths, different ethnicities, different cultures. This is exactly the opposite of what we stand for.”
If this is the Michael Enright who has worked with Intersections, this is totally out of his character and it’s really, in many ways, unfathomable to me.

Chase said he believes Enright “absolutely” held the same values as Intersections.

That’s why this is so out of character. He worked hours with us as a volunteer and I don’t think he would have done that if he didn’t believe in the mission.

Chase also described Enright as:

Cordial, very helpful, and he’s a really good guy.

In a statement, Intersections expressed condolences for the cab driver and called the violence “unacceptable”.

Grand Imam Sayyed Mohammed Musawi speaking last year in praise of the late 'human rights champion and man of justice' Ayatollah Khomeini

Intersections International is not to be confused with Interfaith International, the co-founder of which is the dotty UK-based “His Eminence” Sayyed Mohammed Musawi, President of the World Islamic League (WABIL) who has some pretty quirky views of human rights:

Human rights in Islam, as far as the Qur’an and the hadiths are concerned, cover all areas of life. If the government sets the rights, then they can be changed, be amended, be modified. The real human rights have been granted and given by the Creator of life, and these rights cannot be changed.
When these rights come from Allah as a religious responsibility, then the enforcement and implementation of them take root in the heart of every believer. In that case, we don’t need the police or the military or the government to en force them because they are already in the heart of every believer.

In 1998 Interfaith International received “special consultative status” with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).