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Hattiesburg pastors attend services at Islamic Center in act of solidarity after shooting

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) –

Two Pine Belt pastors joined worship services at the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg on Friday in an act of solidarity and to express condolences for a shooting that took place at the Center in March.

“We’d been neighbors, but we’d not been good neighbors,” said Steve Ramp, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church who joined Parkway Heights United Methodist Church pastor Eddie Restor at the service.

One month before the service, members of the Center arrived to morning prayer and discovered two bullet holes in the building. The FBI is still investigating the motive behind the incident.

The Center is a place of worship for more than 20 nationalities in the Pine Belt. Imam Jerry Buti said he considers it a “peaceful oasis” where anyone is welcome to worship and practice the faith of Islam.

Buti said he will attend the Saturday concrete pouring that will take place at Westminster Church nearby which was severely damaged by a tornado in February 2013.

Buti, Ramp, and Restor are all members of the local Rotary Club.

The Center was shot on March 18. Hattiesburg police investigated, but no arrests have been made. The walls and windows were damaged. The windows were repaired by a local glass company for free.

Members of the center said at the time they believed five shots had been fired into the building, three lodged in the front, and two passed from the front to the back. No one was at the building at the time of the shooting.

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  • Omar_the_Egyptian

    “I think it’s time christians and muslims to make up their minds for their religions. Are they the inspired commandments from god for people to follow for ALL eternity (absolute morality) or are they just commandments for a particular group of people for a particular time in history (relative morality).”

    Its always been the former moron.

  • Jekyll

    WTF? Why is a coach teaching me history ? Besides I was a math major hence history was my interest outside of the classroom

  • wjshelton

    Actually, my comment casts doubt upon the meaning of your claim to have made all As in history. My experience both as a student and as a public school teacher reinforces my view that most history courses are taught by coaches who do not engage their students in meaningful discussion, spoon feed their students the answers to their tests, and would rather be out on the football field or basketball court rather than in their classroom. They have no commitment to the subject they teach, especially since the vast majority were recruited to be coaches, with history being totally secondary for them and for the schools that hire them. Unless you have done a lot of serious critical reading outside of your formal education, your background in history is seriously lacking.So, yes, in fact, my comment does negate yours.

  • wjshelton

    That doesn’t really mean anything. Virtually all of my history teachers through high school were football coaches were neither knowledgeable about nor interested in history.

  • Jekyll

    Okay Okay perhaps I over re-acted…I guess your tying your best, i dunno..

  • Jekyll

    WTH??
    “arranged a bit like a series of fireside chats “….??? That’s what apparently revelation means ? God is chit chatting with us ????

  • mindy1

    Aww that’s sweet :’)

  • JD

    #‎CAIR‬-NY Welcomes Salman Hamdani Way Street Naming Ceremony(NEW YORK, NY, 4/28/14) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today welcomed a street naming ceremony for Salman Hamdani Way on 204st street in Bayside, Queens in honor of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, the 23-year-old certified EMT and NYPD cadet who lost his life as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks.
    “Today, CAIR-NY commends the city council for honoring a true American hero, Salman Hamdani, who gave his life as a first responder on 9/11. This street naming will serve as a reminder of courage and sacrifice to the residents and visitors of Bayside for years to come as well as a testament that individuals and communities of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are united in the cause of service to humanity.”In 2012, Hamdani was not included in the list of fallen police officers in the NYPD’s official 9/11 memorial and in the list of 441 first responders on the National September 11 Memorial. However, Hamdani received full police honors at his 2002 funeral, at which Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly were present. His mother, Talat Hamdani received a police shield in honor of her son.

  • rookie

    So, according to Corrinthians muslims are unbelievers, wicked,and live in darkness.
    Try give answer to that, before “criticizing” something that displays your ignorance.

  • rookie

    “It quite clearly states that muslims should not befriend jews or christians. Because isn’t friendship a form of alliance? ”

    Does any of these morons speak arabic?
    I do not think so!
    They do not accept any sort of answer appart from the one that pleases them.
    These brainwashed idiots are utterly convinced that they know about Islam lot more than muslims.
    And when you prove them the opposite and destroy their “arguments”, they just tell you – you lie.

  • Anonymous

    “Why is it always MB? I don’t think they even exist anymore. ”

    Because it sounds scary to the uneducated, It has muslim in its name so it must be scary according to their logic.

    That, or they think its a branch of the Brotherhood of Nod (http://cnc.wikia.com/wiki/Brotherhood)

  • mindy1

    I do wonder when they’ll get tired of that same old song…

  • John Smith

    I always find it funny how they believe groups like Hamas and MB are these Illuminati like groups that exert massive amounts of foreign power.

  • Reynardine

    With thanks to Juanita Jean’s… We deserve a break today!

  • LiesYouTell

    I was about to post this story on the comments section. Another great article from LGF.
    Clarion will not get away with spreading lies about Muslim-Americans.

  • Yausari

    Muslim Brotherhood again? They are giving way too much credit to MB. And Why is it always MB? I don’t think they even exist anymore. SHeesh!

  • Anonymous

    “I look forward to you answers.”

    You have a better chance of finding a unicorn than for that to happen

  • JD

    The Texas “Islamist Terror Enclave” That Wasn’t

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43326_The_Texas_Islamist_Terror_Enclave_That_Wasnt

    CuriousLurker
    Terrorism • 3 hours, 53 minutes ago • Views: 2,855

    This isn’t a new story, but since I commented on it extensively in
    one of the main threads, I figured I might as well turn it into a Page
    in case it ever comes up.

    The “Investigation”

    Back in mid-February right-wing activists had their fainting couches
    out over a Clarion Project article I first heard about via the Google
    alerts I have set up to look for exactly this type of clickbait yellow
    journalism that attempts to pass itself off as legitimate “news” based
    on serious investigation, Exclusive: Islamist Terror Enclave Discovered in Texas
    (WebCite link as I’d rather not give Clarion any direct traffic). As is
    typical, it was full of very ominous sounding “proof” and was
    accompanied by a photo of empty ammunition shells found “in the area”
    (not at all difficult in TX):

    A Clarion Project investigation has discovered a jihadist enclave in
    Texas where a deadly shooting took place in 2002. Declassified FBI
    documents obtained by Clarion confirm the find and show the U.S.
    government’s concern about its links to terrorism. The investigation was
    completed with help from ACT! For America Houston.

    The enclave belongs to the network of Muslims of the Americas, a
    radical group linked to a Pakistani militant group called Jamaat
    ul-Fuqra. Its members are devoted followers of Sheikh Mubarak Ali
    Gilani, an extremist cleric in Pakistan. […]

    The Investigators/Players

    When I see “Clarion Project investigation” and note that they say
    they were assisted by ACT! For America Houston, I immediately assume the
    story is false. Why? Well, if you’re not familiar with their past scare
    mongering, innuendo, and half-truths, you can start by reading this
    article from 2008 by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Jewish Extremists Behind “Obsession” (the film was distributed by Clarion).

    Additionally, as the Southern Poverty Law Center points out in its 2011 Intelligence Report,
    ACT! For America’s founder, Brigitte Gabriel, “is closely aligned with
    the American political right on many fronts, has repeatedly made
    statements that conflate all Muslims with terrorists.”

    Last but not least, Ryan Mauro, the Clarion Project’s “National Security Analyst” has a long & ugly history as well. You can read more about him in this article written by LGF’s owner, Charles Johnson: Ryan Mauro and the Christian Action Network. Mauro not only wrote the original article on February 18, he followed up with another on February 23, and yet another on February 25, in which he points out that Rep. Louie “Terror Babies”
    Gohmert (R-TX), Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime,
    Terrorism and Homeland Security, is totally on board with ramping up the
    fear: “This lackluster response to the threat of terrorist involvement
    is more than troubling—it’s appalling, but typical.”

    The Dissemination of the Story

    So back to the story of the “Islamist Terror Enclave”. Naturally, Fox
    News and all the right-wing and anti-Muslim blogs dutifully began
    hyperventilating over it. Here are the 88,900 results Google returns for a search of the article title. Never one to pass up an opportunity to spew her venom, the ever hateful Pamela Geller claimed via one of her WND articles that Texas police are doubling as their militia (link to Google search results). Yes, really. Police. In Texas. Let that sink in for a minute.

    What Islamophobia? There’s no such thing, some will tell you.

    So I waited.

    The Debunking

    Sure enough, about three weeks later, on March 10, KHOU in Houston
    publishes a short article debunking the whole thing after the police
    chief from nearby Freeport goes out there to take a look:

    Small Muslim community struggles with ‘terrorist’ rumors

    “The best description would be just a trailer park in the country,” he said. […]

    The view from the road, however, is underwhelming. Kids can be seen
    playing, chickens roam free, and nothing appears to be out of sorts.

    Neighbors say the Muslims have lived there for years without any problems:

    “They help us, we help them,” neighbor Charlotte Broussard said. “I
    just don’t understand why people want to start crap like that.”

    The alleged FBI documents? According to Chief Pennington (emphasis mine):

    “We’ve spoken with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. There’s just nothing out there,” he said. “They tell us that there’s no credible information about that site in terrorism.”

    Yet…

    Still, officials in Sweeny are acknowledging the concern by providing links to the articles in question on the city’s website.

    A Few Other Thoughts

    People wondered why I looked askance at that Honor Diaries
    film & its participants. The fact that the Clarion Project is one of
    the organizations heavily promoting it is why. In case that wasn’t
    clear enough, any person—Muslim or otherwise—who associates him/herself
    with the Clarion Project (or any of the other designated anti-Muslim hate groups) is immediately added to my “Not to Be Trusted” list.

    Outlandish depictions of Muslims based on exaggerations, half-truths
    & innuendo that are designed to appeal to people’s fear &
    ignorance are a regular staple of the right wing, for example the 2010
    TV ad below, which still sits proudly on Renee Ellmers’ (R-NC)
    YouTube channel. Apparently, she’s against the First Amendment where
    American Muslims are concerned. The bigotry is especially egregious
    since she’s Catholic, a group that was also once regarded with suspicion by fellow Americans who labeled them “papists” suspected of having dual loyalties.

    Larger

    These people are the worst sort of political opportunists who waste
    precious law enforcement resources by sending them chasing after fake
    stories in a bid to get their names in the news. They do it by appealing
    to people’s worst fears instead of their better natures, all in the
    interests of getting elected to public office or selling their latest
    book or film. They’re pathetic, shameful, disgusting in the extreme.

    Time to Grow Up

    There are real threats out there, people who would very much like to
    do us—and by “us” I mean anyone who disagrees with them—real harm. Yes,
    some of those people are Muslim, and you know what? They’re as much a
    threat to law-abiding Muslims as they are to everyone else. Being an
    observant/Orthodox Muslim with a beard or hijab doesn’t automatically
    make someone a jihadi/terrorist any more than being an
    observant/Orthodox Jew with payot and a black hat makes someone a
    Kahanist, or being an evangelical Christian wearing a crucifix &
    carrying a Bible makes someone an abortion clinic bomber.

    Grow up, America. Stop acting like a bunch of cliquish, backbiting
    adolescents and get on with the business of tending to our country and
    protecting all our citizens.

  • JD

    Adams warns of ‘stealth jihad’

    http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/local/x493475068/Adams-warns-of-stealth-jihad

    Texas Eagle Forum president tells Texas Patriot Tea Party that Islam is a ‘warring religion’

    By Tammye Nash/reporter3@trcle.com

    The government and the culture of the United States are being
    infiltrated and undermined by “a warring religion,” and the Muslim
    Brotherhood is behind the drive, conservative political activist Cathie
    Adams warned those attending Tuesday’s meeting of the Texas Patriot Tea
    Party.

    Adams, a former state chair of the Republican Party of Texas, is
    president of Texas Eagle Forum, the Lone Star arm of Phyllis Schlafly’s
    Eagle Forum. Adams said she has studied in Israel and worked with Jewish
    people, as well as studying the reach of the Muslim Brotherhood in the
    U.S. and around the world.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is a transnational Islamic political
    organization that has the stated goals of establishing Islamic Sharia
    law as “the basis for controlling the affairs of state and society” and
    unifying “Islamic countries and states, mainly among the Arab states,
    and liberating them from foreign imperialism.”

    But Adams said that the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda includes creating a
    worldwide Islamic state, including the U.S., by overturning the laws
    and constitutions of other countries and replacing them all with Sharia
    law.

    It’s motto, she said, is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our
    leader. The Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of
    Allah is our highest hope.”

    Adams told her audience on Tuesday not to be taken in by claims that
    Islam is a peaceful religion, adding that just listening to public
    statements by Muslim leaders and reading the tenets of Islam provides
    ample evidence to the contrary.

    Sharia law, Adams said, tells Muslims everything on how to live, and
    that it is “held by every Muslim,” not just extremists. “How do you know
    who is going to turn radical when every Muslim embraces Sharia law?”
    she said.

    Adams said that while Islam teaches Muslims not to lie to other
    Muslims, on the other hand it demands that Muslims lie to non-Muslims
    when necessary to protect and promote Islam. – See more at: http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/local/x493475068/Adams-warns-of-stealth-jihad#sthash.Uuq86N7L.dpuf

    Adams warns of ‘stealth jihad’

    Texas Eagle Forum president tells Texas Patriot Tea Party that Islam is a ‘warring religion’

    By Tammye Nash/reporter3@trcle.com

    The government and the culture of the United States are being
    infiltrated and undermined by “a warring religion,” and the Muslim
    Brotherhood is behind the drive, conservative political activist Cathie
    Adams warned those attending Tuesday’s meeting of the Texas Patriot Tea
    Party.

    Adams, a former state chair of the Republican Party of Texas, is
    president of Texas Eagle Forum, the Lone Star arm of Phyllis Schlafly’s
    Eagle Forum. Adams said she has studied in Israel and worked with Jewish
    people, as well as studying the reach of the Muslim Brotherhood in the
    U.S. and around the world.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is a transnational Islamic political
    organization that has the stated goals of establishing Islamic Sharia
    law as “the basis for controlling the affairs of state and society” and
    unifying “Islamic countries and states, mainly among the Arab states,
    and liberating them from foreign imperialism.”

    But Adams said that the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda includes creating a
    worldwide Islamic state, including the U.S., by overturning the laws
    and constitutions of other countries and replacing them all with Sharia
    law.

    It’s motto, she said, is “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our
    leader. The Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of
    Allah is our highest hope.”

    Adams told her audience on Tuesday not to be taken in by claims that
    Islam is a peaceful religion, adding that just listening to public
    statements by Muslim leaders and reading the tenets of Islam provides
    ample evidence to the contrary.

    Sharia law, Adams said, tells Muslims everything on how to live, and
    that it is “held by every Muslim,” not just extremists. “How do you know
    who is going to turn radical when every Muslim embraces Sharia law?”
    she said.

    Adams said that while Islam teaches Muslims not to lie to other
    Muslims, on the other hand it demands that Muslims lie to non-Muslims
    when necessary to protect and promote Islam.

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  • mindy1

    Really?! They don’t even do a background check, just the fact that she has a unique name? Pathetic >:(

  • rookie
  • mindy1

    Let’s hope this leads to more interfaith acts :)))

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