Saturday, August 28, 2010

Construction site of future Tennessee mosque arsoned

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Murfreesboro, TN mosque announcement vandalized: “Not Welcome”
Murfreesboro, TN mosque announcement vandalized: “Not Welcome”
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In yet another case that I’m sure has absolutely nothing to do with racism and rising Islamophobia in America:

MURFREESBORO, TENN — Federal agents have been called in after someone poured flammable liquid on four pieces of construction equipment early today at the site of a planned new Islamic center and mosque just outside Murfreesboro.

A CBS television affiliate is reporting that it is being investigated as arson.

Carmie Ayash, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, said the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department was contacted around 1:30 a.m. by someone who had seen the fire.

Ayash said the vandalism at the site "takes it to a whole new level." A sign on the property, off Bradyville Pike just southeast of Murfreesboro, has been damaged twice by vandals.

"Everyone in our community no longer feels safe," she said. "To set a fire that could have blown up equipment and, God forbid, spread and caused damage to the neighbors there ... we really feel like this is something that we and the neighbors don't deserve.

An isolated incident? Or an indicator of rising hatred and, perhaps, of future acts to come? Time will tell … and I fear that we won’t like what we’ll see.