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.