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Update: Raylazir Legend Faces Hate Crime Charges Due to “Anti-Muslim Statements” in Attack on Mosque

The man had a personal vendetta against his targets, but also confessed anti-Muslim sentiments. (Thanks for all the hat tips)

Suspect confesses in Queens, L.I. firebomb attacks: cops 

A Queens man confessed Tuesday to a firebombings spree on New Year’s Day — claiming a personal vendetta drove him to tossing the Molotov cocktails, police said.

The firebug — identified by sources as Raylazir Legend, 40 — told detectives that each of the five attacks in Queens and Elmont, L.I. — including an attempt to torch a Jamaica mosque — stemmed from ongoing beefs.

“The suspect made statements incriminating himself in each of the five firebombings, citing a personal grievance or dispute in each instance,” said Paul Browne, top spokesman for the NYPD.

Legend, an unemployed towtruck driver, was still waiting to be charged Tuesday, but a law enforcement official said he faces arson and hate-crime charges because of “broad anti-Muslim statements” he made during his confession.

Legend was cuffed about 8 a.m. Tuesday, after Detectives Richard Johnson and Charles LoPresti of the 103rd Precinct saw him get into a stolen car linked to the first attack: a Hillside Ave. bodega.

Legend was caught by workers at the bodega on Dec. 27 trying to steal a carton of milk and a Starbucks Frappuccino.

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  • Truth Hurts

    @Leaveit2Bob January 4th, 2012 at 12:04 am
    “Personal vendettas = terrorism?”

    see above > “faces arson and hate-crime charges because of “broad anti-Muslim statements” he made during his confession”

    i.e. terror-inspiring coercive violence against a community – read the Oxford English Dictionary definition of a terrorist.

  • Faisal Rathor

    @Jasmine,

    I really don’t know the intention of your advice but I do take it in optimistic approach.

    Anyway, I don’t think that Muslims need to distant themselves from Islamic moral codes in order to integrate with West. Look, Dress, and acting as Americans, if this is the sole requirement to integrate with its culture then no one is going to accept this path. Even Jews up to know have very distinct identity in their dress code and one can easily recognize them from their look with some other Jews with exception. Same is the case with Muslims in West.

    My approach is very straight forward. If Muslims take your advice then they have to abandon their moral codes of Islam and if they repel then only peaceful option is that Allah’s earth is so wide to migrate and live as per one’s own virtuous fundamental freedom.

  • JT

    @Lover

    What are you on about? I get your first part about how Muslims should be allowed to retain their culture, but you just go downhill from there and start to sound slightly terroristy at the end.

  • Lover you’re an idiot.

  • Lover

    they want Muslims to “fit it” and integrate, assimilate, and lose their own culture. Okay, but Westerners living in the Arab World (Dubai, Saudi Arabia) must dress like Arabs and only eat Arab food! IF that’s unfair then Muslims have the right to dress how they want, live, and eat how they want, and OBEY the laws of the land. This whole ‘Westernization’ is very similar to the Hellenization of the Jews, they lost their language and adopted Greek and PAGAN ideas. Judaism was thus ‘corrupted’ and Meanings were CHANGED when the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek (250 BCE). Islam is seen as a ‘threat’ because it’s not Europeanized like Judaism and Christianity have been Europeanized, they want Muslims to Europeanize, so they should “Arabize” as well, atleast outwardly. Some Muslims get mocked for wearing their CULTURAL clothes in the West, do Americans get mocked for wearing American clothes in the Arab world? Muslims have the Right to live in the Western World just as Westerners have the Right to live in the Arab/Muslim world. The West colonized the Muslim World and divided them by drawing lines to forge “countries” and disunite them. The West installed oppressive regimes in those countries, forcing the people to immigrate to the very SOURCE of those dictatorships (the West!) to learn the Knowledge that Arabs themselves taught Europe in the 14th century (Spain) during the Dark Ages. Many Muslims would depart from the West IF the Caliphate was established, it’s possible Westerners would BEG them to stay because thousands of Muslim DOCTORS would be leaving too. The West DESTROYED the Caliphate in 1924 and it’s only natural that Muslims (not all) are working to restore it. Afghanistan was the closest thing to a Caliphate and look what happened to it, they got blamed and killed for something they didn’t do, as 9/11 was an INSIDE JOB.

  • good riddance

  • Believing Atheist

    Did you know that Pam Geller tried to spin this and said that Muslims firebombed their own mosque? It’s true take a look for yourself:
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39706_Pamela_Geller-_Muslims_Firebombed_Their_Own_Mosque_in_Queens

  • Hatethehaterz

    @ bob : It’s not the motivation, its the crime. Let’s put it this way; If a Muslim firebombed a church, wouldn’t you call that terrorism? Then why do you have a problem labelling this as terrorism? Just because he’s not Muslim? It’s a double standard and just plain stupid to only call the same exact crime “terrorism” based solely on who the perpetrator is. So are you saying that non-Muslims can never be terrorists? Even when they firebomb houses of worship?

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    CSD
    What sort of problems with crack dealers ? Like “I would like to pay less for my crack cocaine please ?” Or” please can I have some crack on credit ?”
    🙂

  • Jasmine

    @Believing Atheist

    Honestly the way I see it, the only way any group in America can ever “fit it” and not be looked down at is if they either completly assimilate to the American cultere and give up their background and identity, or finicially do well in socity.
    Look at the journey the Jews went through. The had to work really hard and assimilate in order to fit in. Now their community is either in the higher or middle class and they look,dress and act all “Americans”. you wouldn’t even knw some were Jewish until they tell you.
    As for the Africans Americans, they still have a long way to go but from what I notice the only way the sterotypes are downplayed for them is if the make it into the entertainment world or dress and “act like White Americans. If not, they are again put down and demonized by society.
    Muslims are not going to completly fit in unless the distance themselves from Islam and their culture. If not, they will, like the African American, be put down by society.

    This is just my take on it.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Leaveit2blob
    You would know all about mental health problems =imagined grevence = terrorism now would n’t you 😉

  • CORRECTION

    oops…my “not equals” symbol got interpreted as HTML. 🙂
    I guess it needs to read “personal vendettas do not equal terrorism” instead.

  • @Leaveit2Bob = JihadBob = Hateful Troll

    You’re a master of fuzzy logic.

    No, personal vendettas terrorism, but if you address your grievances with Molotov cocktails, then it’s terrorism. I’m sure if a Muslim firebombed buildings in NYC, no matter what the reason, it would be called “terrorism.”

  • CSD

    Mr Lengend apparently had problems with crack dealers, Hindus and his in-laws as they all were all also victims (or intended victims) of his Molotov cocktails. Apparently his specific problem with this mosque was they didn’t let him use the bathroom.

  • mindy1

    Geez, what an ass. Why hurt innocent people because of your issues?? >:(

  • Believing Atheist

    Muslims really need to see the larger picture. These attacks occur against Muslims because there is a growing environment of hostility in the U.S. against Muslims. Muslims have been so demonized in society that many American see them through the lens of Robert Spencer, David Horowitz, Frank Gaffney, Fox News, etc.

    Many Americans see Muslims as monsters and bloodthirsty terrorists instead of human beings with human needs, desires and feelings.

    Muslims need to reclaim their innocence and dignity through the democratic and political process of this country. I know how they can do it. They will have to read this book and it will solve a great deal of their problems.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=JYlJt95CW0IC&printsec=frontcover&dq=saul+alinsky+rules+for+radicals&hl=en&sa=X&ei=3PcDT8fwJMb40gGXn9WYAQ&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=saul%20alinsky%20rules%20for%20radicals&f=false

    American-Muslims! Who among you is the next Saul Alinsky.

  • Leaveit2Bob

    Personal vendettas = terrorism?

  • Farlowe

    He could be a serial confesser. If he did do the crimes then he should do time.

  • Senor

    I grew up 10 minutes from Elmont. I used to live in New Hyde Park. Overall, it is a fairly peaceful area, especially when I was there. Well from what I know, besides the mosque he firebombed, one of the houses he was owned by Hindus. Another by a black couple. I wonder what his beef was with each of them. Hopefully, this guy will be put away for a very long time.

    If justice is blind, they will try him under the terrorism laws of New York. If he is not, this will prove those laws are only meant for Muslims.

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