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Tennessee: Mosque Vandalized Once Again

A mosque has been targeted by vandals once again in Tennessee.

Sign Vandalized at future mosque site

by Mark Bell

A sign marking the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was found vandalized for the second time in less than six months Wednesday, according to an Islamic Center spokesperson.

“At this time we’re going to release one statement and that is that this has been a very unfortunate incident and we are just trying to be good neighbors,” said Carmie Ayash.

Abdou Kattih called the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday around 1:30 p.m. in reference to the vandalism. Deputy Trent Givens, who was patrolling the area, responded to the incident.
Givens’ report reads that Kattih said “he had been alerted by someone who lived nearby that the sign had been vandalized again.

“While speaking with Kattih, I observed that both posts had been knocked backward in the ground and the sign was leaning,” Givens reported. “Also the main part of the sign had been ripped. It appeared that someone had used an unknown object to hit both of the posts and then struck the top right of the sign and ripped it in two.”

The deputy noted that the object used appeared to have raised areas that left a very distinct pattern on the wood and metal.

“At this time there are no known witnesses,” he reported. “I had conducted a traffic stop on Millwood Court before this call. I cleared the stop at (1:04 p.m.) and then proceeded down Veals Road from Bradyville Pike. At that time the sign had not yet been vandalized.”

The sheriff’s office has placed an extra patrol on the site “indefinitely” per patrol Capt. Mike Fitzhugh.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the latest vandalism is fitting a “sharp rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in this society.”

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy group, through spokesman Ibrahim Hooper, said they believe the acts are being promoted by a number of hate groups promoting the demonization of Islam and marginalization of Muslims.

“A mosque was bombed in May in Florida and there was no national media coverage at all,” he said. “We’re seeing opposition to mosques being taken to very hysterical proportions” due to “a number of bizarre conspiracy theories,” including the theory that “Muslims are trying to take over the country.”

Hooper said it is disturbing to see the kinds of things that are happening in communities all around the nation, not just in the south.

“We’re seeing the demonization of Islam in our country and it leads a very vocal minority to take these extremist kinds of actions nationwide,” he said. “This is caused by a lack of knowledge and lack of interaction with ordinary Muslims. When people know more about Islam and interact with ordinary Muslims, prejudice goes down.”

A report put out by CAIR in 2006, the most recent of its kind, states that approximately “one in four Americans believes that Islam is a religion of hatred and violence,” remaining unchanged since 2004. The level of knowledge of Islam also remained virtually unchanged from the 2004 report, indicating that only two percent of survey respondents indicated that they were “very knowledgeable” about the religion.

“A vast majority of Americans said they would change their views about Muslims if Muslims would condemn terrorism more strongly, show more concern for Americans or work to improve the status of Muslim women or American image in the Muslim world,” the report states.

Hooper said CAIR will likely issue a public statement about the vandalism as soon as today.

“You really have to shine a light on bigotry and hope the mainstream people in the community come out against it,” he said.

— Mark Bell, 615-278-5153

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  • Lawrence,

    “Can the Muslims explain,how come all the true prophets of TRUE GOD came from the JEWISH LINEAGE except except Mohammad”

    Paul was not a Prophet, that is why his followers (like you Lawrence) worship a man God, so you are actually the one who worships a false Prophet as foretold in Daniel 11.14
    “And the members of the outlaws of your nation would be carried to make a (prophetic) vision stand but they will stumble”

    Muhammed was decended from Abraham, through Ishmael, and both Hagar and Ishmael were blessed by God, (even your Bible attests to that) In fact Hajar was only one of few women God ever spoke to. Those promises were fulfilled in Mohammed. By the God did send Prophets to other nations too, you obviously don’t know your Bible. Balam was one.

    To answer your Questions, Mohammed was sent to all humanity. History has proven that true, as he is the most influential man in history. His influence is greater than all the Prophets (including his forefathers) put together (see below)

    What I should ask you, is how can one man be the most influential in history, more than the previous Prophets, and people question question his Prophethood? As W M Watt said, “to presume Mohammed an imposter raises more problems than it solves”

    And, of course noone has benefitted and enriched humanity more than Muslims 🙂

    Michael Hart in ‘The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In
    History,’ New York, 1978.
    It is this unparalleled combination of secular and religious influence which I feel entitles Muhammad to be considered the most influential single figure in human history. In fact, as the driving force behind the Arab conquests, he may well rank as the most influential political leader of all time.

    Professor Jules Masserman in ‘Who Were Histories Great Leaders?’ in TIME
    July 15, 1974
    JULES MASSERMAN, U.S. psychoanalyst: Leaders must fulfill three
    functions —provide for the well-being of the led, provide a social
    organization in which people feel relatively secure, and provide them with
    one set of beliefs.
    People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like
    Gandhi and Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the
    other, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and
    Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of
    all times was Mohammed, who combined all three functions. To a lesser
    degree, Moses did the same.
    Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born in Mecca, in Arabia, the man who, of all men, has exercised the greatest influence upon the human race… To be the religious head of many empires, to guide the
    daily life of one-third of the human race, may perhaps justify the title of a Messenger of God.
    John William Draper, M.D., L.L.D., A History of the Intellectual Development
    of Europe, London 1875, Vol. 1, pp. 329-330


    (Lamartine, Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol. 11 pp. 276-2727)
    ‘ If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad.

    The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled before their eyes. This man Muhammad moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples and dynasties but millions of men, and more than that he moved the alters, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and the souls. On the basis of a Book, every letter of which has become law, he created a spiritual nationality which blended together peoples of every tongue and of every race.

    Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Warrior, Conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational beliefs, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire. That is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?


    Muhummed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities.
    Encyclopedia Britannica


    H. G. Wells says in his book Milestones in Human History
    “Every religion that is not suited to civilization should be rejected. I have not found any religion that is suited to civilization except Islam. “

    His readiness to undergo persecution for his beliefs, the high moral
    character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as a leader,
    and the greatness of his ultimate achievement – all argue his fundamental
    integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems that it
    W. Montgomery Watt in ‘Muhammad at Mecca,’ Oxford, 1953.

    People who worry that nuclear weaponry will one day fall in the hands of the Arabs, fail to realize that the Islamic bomb has been dropped already.

    It fell the day MUHAMMAD was born.

    Joseph Adam Pearson (President, CEBI Christ Evangelical Bible Institute)

    Islam Created the Modern World


    How Islamic inventors changed the world
    Published: 11 March 2006
    From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new
    exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential- and
    identifies the men of genius behind them

  • Libertas

    Hi Lawrence,

    I don’t think you mind that your comments reek of bigotry, and while that is cause for concern, what really concerns me is your childish nonsense.

    I am not bothered by whatever term you refer to the muslim god or how much religious credibility (seriously?) problem they have, but why should muslims worship inside their homes? Why this special persecution for muslims only?
    And no, muslims are not building mosques in all western christian countries, just the ones in which they are in substantial numbers to have a place of worship. What’s wrong with that?

    Christians do have churches in all muslim countires where they are in substantial numbers including the earliest churches. Saudi Arabia is an exception and you shall hardly find a muslim who would defend Saudi Laws. I have not. Besides, churches are allowed in expatriate compounds, but thankfully now the kingdom is going to allow construction of permanent mass accomodating churches.
    But that’s besides the point isn’t it? Even if no muslim country allowed churches, we should still do the right thing.

    As far as churches being burnt down in muslim countries, churches are also burnt down in christian countires, in buddhist countires as well as in India.

    DO read the news, just not the drive-by neighborhood 7 o’ clock tabloid. And you shall learn of the churches burnt and razed to the ground in India just because the Indian government and angry Hindu mobs alleged that they fund, support and provide sanctuary to terrorism and insurgency.

    And ofcourse non western Christan countries too have a bloody record of burning down minority places of worship especially in Sub Saharn Africa, and eastern europe. Seems like a 3rd world thing no?
    But really things arn’t as bad. For example in countires like Pakistan missionary schools abound, missionary activities thrive and religious persecution of christians is only as bad as muslim persecution in the US: not systematic OR accepted even though the former is a 3rd world shithole while the latter is arguably the world’s premier country.

    And uh most western countries barring the US are not christian at all in their ethos. Many of them are actually hostile to religion altogether.
    Gotta give em all including us (US) mad props though in trying to catch up with 3rd world standards’ of religious quagmires and balderdash.

  • I fail to understand why the Muslims need so many Mosques in the Western Christian countries.Can they not pray to their pagan moon god Allah in their homes.Their prayers are a form of robotic exercises with parroting of Quranic verses,which carry no wisdom what so ever.Can the Muslims explain,how come all the true prophets of TRUE GOD came from the JEWISH LINEAGE except except Mohammad.Muslims sadly suffer from the credibility problem and try to find any kind of prophesy in Jewish,Christian or even Hindu scriptures about Mohammad.Zakir Naik,the greatest showman deceiver manages to deceive Muslims and his Arab backers.By the way,would the Muslims protest agaisst Saudi-Arabia for not allowing Churches to be built in that country.Can they ask the Muslim leaders to stop the Churches being vandalized and destroyed in Pakistan,Egypt,and Indonesia and other Muslim countries?

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  • Happysohappy

    Thanks, I am here at the first time.

  • Happysohappy we actually did a piece on Kumar a while back,

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  • Dizz

    I’m afraid this is going to continue once more people begin to believe Spencer’s lies about dhimmitude, taqiyya and stealth jihad.

    The same conspiracy theories were put against Jews…and we all know the end result.

    Stupid Spencer (SS for short) *hint* *hint*

  • mindy1

    How sad.. if we want to get along, this is not a good way to get dialogue

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