Tennessee Mosque the Victim Of a Hate Crime

Newsflash: we are sharing the earth with a group of raging assholes. At least that’s what the recent burning of a Murfreesboro, Tennessee mosque construction site seems to suggest.  The incident, in which someone poured flammable liquid on four pieces of construction equipment, is being investigated as arson.  My question is, who the hell raised these arsonists?  And where are their mothers?

A spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Carmie Ayash, said:

“Everyone in our community no longer feels safe.  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.”

The center has been largely protested.  At a July vigil held by the Murfreesboro’s Mosque, an angry mob of protesters arrived.  A woman by the name of Evy Summers told local news program WTVF :

“No mosque in Murfreesboro. I don’t want it. I don’t want them here.  Go start their own country overseas somewhere. This is a Christian country. It was based on Christianity.”

It seems that some folks were worried that the new mosque would be a haven for terrorist activity—so they choose to burn it down.  I wish this was one of those cringe-worthy, not at all funny jokes that the highly offensive guy at a dinner party tells to muster uncomfortable laughter amongst the attendees, but it’s sadly true.  The mosque, the one that the townspeople were so wound up about, the one they thought would support terrorism, appears to have been a victim of a terrorist attack.  I could almost find the irony in this if I weren’t so completely disgusted.

So, to break it down for you:  a group of people were worried about terrorism, so in order to prevent said terrorism, they performed a hate crime.  My advice to them? Step away from the TV and turn off the Glenn Beck show. Then, and more importantly, keep in mind that the United States was founded on the idea of freedom of religion.

I think that’s a pretty good place to start.

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18 thoughts on “Tennessee Mosque the Victim Of a Hate Crime

    • No, I’d have to agree with you. I’m a Christian myself, and I personally feel that a lot of so-called Christians use the platform to further their already-existing and completely independent from religion non-tolerance agenda onto others.

  1. Oh god. I live in Murfreesboro, and I am just so ashamed of all of this. Last night, my friends and I picketed with a pro-mosque group, and it was a very small group. *sigh*.

  2. This is one of my big concerns about the NYC mosque. I can see it being fire bombed during construcion let along after it would be finished.

    • Joey, what is with this big hate on that you have for Islam?
      It is literally 2 billion people you are categorizing- you can’t possibly take an entire religion and chalk it up in one, very negative, characteristic.
      I could easily say the same thing about ANY religion- and non religions too. There will always be zealots, and I can’t understand how you can write off Muslims as a massive group due to a few bad apples. Of course there are intolerant Muslims- but there are intolerant Christians, Atheists, Conservatives, Liberals, Men, Women- whatever the grouping, there will be bad examples. You cannot take the beliefs of a massive group and label them according to what you see on Fox News and in trashy nationalistic novels written by old white men with xenophobic agendas. This applies to Americans in the same way I would hope Muslims would apply their logic to terrorist messages and propaganda from tyrants. This is how people come to hate; this is the sort of messaging that allows for genocides and world wars.
      The fact is that the acts of these very specific Christians are intolerant, and unacceptable. That is independent of anything any other group may do, say, or preach.
      End of story.

      • I don’t hate anyone. Juxtapose the Bible and the Koran,then tell me which one preaches forgiveness and which one is all about vengeance towards nonbelievers. I realize that there are moderate muslims,but the Koran preaches moral and political standards that are straight out of the 6th century,and Islam is a political movement as much as it is a religion. This is just the beginning of the story.

        • You cannot pick passages out of the Qur’an, and then deem the whole book hateful. If this was an accurate way of reading novels, then the Bible could easily be written off as a hateful manifesto condemning gays and women, and the Torah as a novel describing the most painful means of administering punishment. But that is not what they are about- there is an overarching message of love, peace, and understanding to be taken away from these books, despite the fire and brim stone within its pages.
          I’m sure the vast majority of Muslims would argue that the Qur’an teaches peace and understanding- religious texts are almost entirely about interpretation as opposed to literal acceptance.
          You stating that the Qur’an is about intolerance is about as accurate as me stating that the Bible is about how polyester is sinful. It’s not only silly, but it’s dangerously offensive to the followers of that religion.

        • When the New Testament was written,it nullified the authority of the Old Testament,so the bullshit about mixing fabrics and hating gays is meaningless. Send a couple of homosexuals to a mosque holding hands and see who is tolerant,the most adamant testimony I have heard in regards to muslim oppression usually comes from ex-muslims,mostly women. I base my opinions on what I observe,many facets of Islam aren’t easy to tolerate.

        • So the ten commandments have now been nullified? Or only the parts of the Old Testament that you disapprove of have now been nullified? All religious texts contain statements which can be taken out of context, which are dated, and which will ultimately be interpreted in a way that suits the present mass culture. It just stands to show that no part of a religious text, whether that be the Qur’an, Bible, or Torah, can be taken literally and without context.
          In terms of gay Muslims, check out Gay Middle East, GLAS, ALWAAN, Gay Muslims.com, or Canada’s own Salaam Community. These are all gays that are existing within the means of the Qur’an, while maintaining who they are.
          Just because they don’t air the success stories of gay Muslims on American television doesn’t meant that they don’t exist, and that they aren’t making leeway much in the same way that Christian gays are. Americans seem to be far more interested in finding the failures of Middle Eastern culture than looking for their successes.

        • I’ll agree that most of what I read is probably bias,I’m a creature of the American press. I don’t particularly like organized religion period,I think that they are man made dogma and probably reflect what God is about minimally at best. People have done a whole lot of unjustice to one another in the name of God!

        • I am a stalwart atheist for those reasons among many others, but I don’t judge others based on their religious tendencies.

        • Sorry- that sounded unnecessarily pretentious. I didn’t mean that in an holier than thou way- I just meant that regardless of your opinions on religion, a massive grouping of people cannot be judged by snippets of information, biased rants, and the acts of a few zealots.

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