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Randy Linn: ‘I Burned Ohio Mosque to Avenge US Troops’


If Randy Linn only knew that the way to avenge US troops is not to burn down a mosque but to hold accountable the criminals who sent them into an illegal war. (h/t:MrIslamAnswersBack)

Former Marine: I burned Ohio mosque to avenge US troops

by John Sewer

TOLEDO, Ohio — A former Marine from Indiana admitted Wednesday that he broke into a mosque in Ohio and set fire to a prayer rug because he wanted revenge for the killings of American troops overseas.

Randy Linn pleaded guilty to hate crime charges, saying he’d become enraged after seeing images of wounded soldiers in the news.

“Every day you turn on the TV, you see Muslims trying to kill Americans,” said Linn, a truck driver from St. Joe.

When asked by a federal judge whether he thought all Muslims are terrorists, he answered: “I’d say most of them are.”

A deal between prosecutors and Linn, 52, calls for him to be sentenced to 20 years next April. He pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging and destroying religious property and two gun-related charges.

U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary told Linn that his acts were an attack on all places of religion and that the mosque was a symbol of peace.

“You are no better than the terrorists or extremists you sought to punish,” Zouhary said.

Prosecutors said Linn drove about two hours from his home to suburban Toledo on Sept. 30 and broke into the mosque where he poured gasoline on the rug and lit it on fire.

He estimated that he had drunk 45 beers over several hours before he decided to drive to Ohio.

Linn had several firearms in his car and carried a gun into the mosque, which was empty at the time.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said it was fortunate no one was there. “This is a man who had intolerance in his heart and acted with hate,” he said. “We can count ourselves lucky.”

Linn said he went room by room to make sure no one was in the building. “I was drinking a beer while I was doing that,” he said.

A sprinkler system extinguished the blaze, leaving smoke and water damage in the prayer room of the facility, whose golden dome is a landmark along Interstate 75. No one was hurt.

Members of the Islamic center have been unable to use the building and expect repairs to be finished by the end of March.

Dr. Mahjabeen Islam, president of the Islamic Center, said its members been overwhelmed by support from the community and churches. But she was saddened by Linn’s statements in court.

“It was heart-wrenching to hear him speak because the ignorance and intolerance is still palpable,” she said. “This is an individual who knows nothing about Islam.”

A woman who knows Linn had identified him in publicized surveillance images and contacted authorities, according to a court affidavit.

The woman told law enforcement officers that Linn had made comments complaining about the deaths of U.S. military members in the Middle East, recent attacks on U.S. embassies and Muslims’ angry reactions to an anti-Islam video posted online.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ava Dustin said Linn told his son two weeks before the fire that he wanted to burn down the mosque.

Linn said he started to have second thoughts when he drove home. “Coming back, I thought, `What in the heck did I do?'”

“I feel bad I did it,” he said. “It’s a little too late now.”

Also see:

Mosque Arsonist Tells Judge: “I Only Know What I Hear On Fox News”

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  • Tanveer Khan

    Ahh. Makes sense i guess.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Maybe because in WW1 the USA arrived late
    Australia suffered enough in Turkey.

    Sir David

  • Tanveer Khan

    According to the BBC

    British, canadian and new zealand: 306
    French: 600 (wow)
    Germans: 48 (surprising)

    Belgians: 13

    USA and australia: 0, zilch, none, nada, nowt, nill, null

  • Sam Seed

    Yes I agree, 20 years is a long time unfortunately for him, fortunately he didn’t kill anybody during his rampage. I don’t think it was the Mosque’s decision to pass the sentence but it would have been beneficial if he was educated about Islam at the mosque rather than sent to jail. I blame the 45 beers he had.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Maybe, maybe not whole regiments were split up , people reduced in ranks a huge secret scandal. I remember my grandfather talking about it . He also thought that many were deliberatly used as connon fodder in the next attack
    I wonder what happened to the Germans ?

  • Tanveer Khan

    The BBC says 306 were shot by the British and Commonwealth.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    The files on the number of soldiers who refused to fight and were shot for cowardice are still secret .
    Sir David

  • eslaporte

    This loon has no idea what it means to be an American! Real patriotic Americans do not go around protesting the building of mosques in our country of religious freedom. Burning a mosque is as un-American as it gets! Our troops are defending the religious freedom of Muslims and their right to build their houses of worship too.
    Glad to see that he will be going away for 20 years – stiff sentences need to send a message. While he’s in prison he needs to learn what it means to be an American living in America !

  • Heinz Catsup

    The product of spreading irrational hatred. Hopefully this individual truly has learned his lesson and repents for what he has done.

  • mindy1

    If he really wanted to help vets who were injured, he should give to,, vfw, etc etc etc… that way he could have REALLY helped the wounded

  • Solid Snake

    Don’t forget soldiers during WW1, they would all meet each other and sing dance and hang out until the fighting began again.

  • Reynardine

    I’d like to know if there is some legal theory under which one could get to Rupert Murder (and his vast fortune) for inciting this stuff.

  • Reynardine

    Your samurai tea party sounds interesting.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    We pray that he is truely remorseful.
    He did admit that he didnt know anything about Islam, or know any Muslims, except from Fox News, and the radio.
    Yes though, it is a bit too late to take it back. He will have to serve his jail time. However, there is always repentance, and mercy. At least I pray for him that he will find love, and peace.
    Who knows, he may become Muslim. Maybe his remorsefulness will drive him to study, and read, and be self reflective.
    I pray for that for him. If the only Muslim on earth is me who prays for peace and forgiveness for people like this…I will be that.

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