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Another terrorist plot foiled due to intel provided by... a Muslim


The FBI did their job, they saved us from a plot to blow up a Christmas celebration in Oregon... assisted in large part by a (gasp!) Muslim informant, the father of 19-year-old Somali-American Mohamed Osman Mohamud.

A mosque was then set on fire, apparently arson. So whoever did that perpetrated an attack on the Muslim community in retaliation for Mohamud's actions, despite the fact that it was a member of that community who joined forces with the DHS.

Yet, it was Mohamud's own father who tipped off the Department of Homeland Security:

[O]ne prominent member of the Somali community in Portland (estimated to number 8,000) says a relative played some role in helping to put the FBI on the young man’s trail — though that relative was almost certainly unaware of the scale it would assume.

Before this happened, the father informed Homeland Security and the FBI that something was going on with his son,” claims Isgow Mohamed, the executive director of the Northwest Somali Community Organization, who says he knows Mohamud’s family well and had been in touch with them. “This a good family. The father is an engineer at Intel. This is not somebody who is on public assistance. He is a family man, a businessman, a religious man, a soccer player.

As Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said at an event earlier this year sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, “about a third of all foiled al-Qaida-related plots in the U.S. relied on support or information provided by members of the Muslim community.”

Mohamed Osman Mohamud's dad is a middle class guy who did the right thing.  Who happens to be Muslim. Who happened to help prevent the deaths of a bunch of, you know, not-necessarily-Muslim Americans.


Gay nightclub fire in Tennessee was intentionally set


At least is was just a thing, not a person this time.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Knoxville fire officials say a blaze at a gay nightclub was intentionally set.

Assistant Fire Chief Danny Beeler told The Knoxville News Sentinel investigators have determined the incident Sunday morning at Club XYZ was "a set fire" for which no motive has been established.

Flames didn't get into the club, but began on a wooden deck outside it and burned an overhead awning, melting ceiling fans. It also spread to an adjacent building, where an awning was burned.

Knoxville Fire Department spokesman Capt. D.J. Corcoran says samples from the fire have been sent to the TBI after an arson dog hit on some type of accelerant.


VIDEO: "They burned down one, they'll burn down another one.."


Welcome to the 1960s:

"They burned down one, they'll burn down another one.."

That was part of the message Reverend Terrance Mackey delivered to about one hundred community members at Green Grove Baptist Church Monday night.

Mackey is the president of the National Coalition for Burned Churches, an organization that helps churches that burn either due to arson, or under suspicious circumstances, to rebuild. [...]

According to the national coalition for burned churches there were twenty six churches that were either the victim of arson of undetermined fires in the past three years in Georgia.

History repeats itself, sadly.

The new normal: Islamaphobia, Negrophobia, hate, fear, racism, mob mentality, incitement,  assassination plots.

But remember, Glenn Beck requests that you don't carry a sign, so nobody will know you're a racist.


H/t: Luci


Two mosques far from Ground Zero get hate messages


Boy, that "hallowed ground" sure covers a lot of square miles.  There's a new rash of hate crimes and bigotry targeting the ground zero community center, and...

Wait, hang on. I'm being told they mosques in question are nowhere near ground zero. And the ground isn't hallowed. It's just... ground:

In Fresno, Calif., two signs were left at the Madera Islamic Center last week, the Fresno Bee reported. "Wake up America, the enemy is here," one read, and the other said, "No temple for the god of terrorism at Ground Zero."

A brick was also thrown at the mosque, the paper reported.

And the Council on American-Islamic Relations says a toy pig was left at a Sacramento Valley Islamic center with the words "No mosque in NYC" and "Mohammed the pig" written on it. Islam regards pigs as unclean, and forbids believers from eating pork.

And of course, there's that mosque site under construction in Tennessee that some alleged arsonist thought needed some torching.

And that Muslim New York cabbie who got stabbed.

And the mosque prayer rug in Queens that some drunk peed on.

Apparently the bigots are very, very afraid of peaceful Muslims who have just as much right to practice their religion as you or I do, or even Timothy McVeigh had to practice his. And yet, ironically, these very same small-minded "patriots" don't to seem to be the least bit bothered by talk of "reloading".

Oh that's right. They're the ones doing the reloading.

This is okay, but...

...this isn't?

Let's recap: The not-terrorists who want nothing more than to build places of worship are being terrorized. The people who already enjoy all the trappings of religious freedom are threatening to use their Second Amendment rights as a possible solution to their disagreements with Congress, and that's just dandy.

And they terrorize Muslims.

This is why nobody ever wrote the song "America the Logical."


Disputed Tennessee mosque congregants afraid to attend Peace Vigil in their support


If this isn't the textbook definition of domestic terrorism...

Still stunned from a fire that claimed excavation equipment on the site of their new mosque, Murfreesboro Muslims say they'll avoid a peace protest in their behalf tonight at the Rutherford County Courthouse.

Federal authorities are continuing to investigate Saturday's fire, gathering evidence today, said Eric Kehn, spokesman for the Nashville office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Investigators are also checking into allegations that shots were fired Sunday near the site. Sbenaty said that he was at the site of the new mosque on Veals Road on Sunday and heard shots fired nearby.

“There was one shot, and then another, and then one, two, three shots,” he said. “This was much louder than a hunting rifle.”

He also believes members of the Islamic Center will they’ll stay away from a vigil tonight organized in response to the fire.

“We are still in shock,” he said.

Cartoon via.


Report of shots fired near disputed Tennessee mosque site being investigated, earlier fire deemed arson


Things get uglier and uglier. Not only have they declared that the fire the other night was arson, seems we're exporting our xenophobia to Japan.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a complaint about shots being fired this afternoon near the construction site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro on Veals Road off Bradyville Pike.

The report came just hours after a fire of suspicious nature damaged construction equipment at the site.

A group of congregation members was at the site looking at the damage done to construction equipment by the fire overnight when they heard nine shots fired from two directions.

The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. The congregation members reported hearing six shots coming from one direction, and about three minutes later they heard three more shots from another direction, said Saleh Sbenaty, a congregation member and MTSU professor.


One piece of construction equipment was damaged over the weekend when it was burned, and three other pieces of equipment were doused with some sort of accelerant, Sbenaty said.

The sheriff’s office, FBI and Bureau of ATF are investigating the fire.


Disputed Tennesee Mosque Site Torched


Peace and tolerance my friends.

ATF and FBI agents are investigating a Saturday morning fire that damaged four pieces of equipment and could halt construction at the site of a planned Islamic center and mosque just outside Murfreesboro.

Eric Kehn, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said his agency has not deemed the burning of an excavation hauler as arson. He did confirm that three other pieces of equipment were damaged, but he would not comment on the extent of the damage.


Carmie Ayash, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, said the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department told center officials that the fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The other three pieces of construction equipment were damaged when doused by gasoline, she said.

Authorities at the scene did not specify whether gasoline or some other accelerant was used to start the fire. Ayash said attempts to contact the company that owns the equipment, Ole South Properties, were unsuccessful Saturday.

“It seems like it was intentional,” Ayash said. “Probably, whoever did it got caught in the middle of the act, got scared and left.”

Ayash said the vandalism at the site “takes it to a whole new level.” A sign announcing the new center has been vandalized twice.

“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.”