A white male in his forties allegedly used some sort of incendiary device to set a Jacksonville mosque on fire during prayer time. Worshipers chased the criminal (terrorist?) away, and thankfully nobody was hurt, but the mosque sustained fire damage. First Coast News is reporting:
Possible Hate Crime Under Investigation after Fire at Islamic Center of NE Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A fire at a mosque on the Southside is under investigation as a possible hate crime.
Worshipers at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida heard a loud noise outside the mosque shortly before evening prayers Monday night.
Witnesses went outside and found some type of incendiary device had started a fire. The fire was put out with a fire extinguisher. No one was hurt.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the fire marshal, ATF and FBI representatives responded to the incident, which is being looked at as a possible hate crime.
“A possible bias-motivated attack on a house of worship should be of great concern to Americans of all faiths, and particularly to our nation’s religions and political leaders,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Those who shape public opinion must begin to speak out against the rising level of anti-Muslim sentiment in our society.”
CAIR says a man in his 40s entered the Islamic Center on April 4, and shouted, “Stop this blaspheming!” The man said he’d be back as people chased him away.
Can you imagine the national hysteria if a Muslim had bombed a synagogue or church? Meanwhile, this story will barely be mentioned. No wonder so many people think that all terrorists are Muslims. Will the Muslim worshipers who bravely chased the man away be honored in any way? Can one imagine the honors heaped on Jewish or Christian parishioners had they chased away a Muslim who had done such a thing?