Tennessee Mosque Site Torched

[Update: For those who wish to send a donation to the Muslim community in Murfreesboro, there is a donation button on their website.]

Arsonists set fire to some equipment at the construction site of a mosque in Murfreesboro , Tennessee. I guess it was too close to Ground Zero.

The ATM, FBI, and local law enforcement are investigating.

There have been Muslims in the community for 30 years; they have been worshiping in an office building. Members of the Muslim community say they have never experienced hostility until they began to build their new facility.

Opponents of a new Islamic center say they believe the mosque will be more than a place of prayer; they are afraid the 15-acre site that was once farmland will be turned into a terrorist training ground for Muslim militants bent on overthrowing the U.S. government.

“They are not a religion. They are a political, militaristic group,” Bob Shelton, a 76-year-old retiree who lives in the area, told The Associated Press.

Shelton was among several hundred demonstrators who recently wore “Vote for Jesus” T-shirts and carried signs that said “No Sharia law for USA!,” referring to the Islamic code of law.

Others took their opposition further, spray painting a sign announcing the “Future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro” and tearing it up.

Earlier this summer opponents criticized the planned mosque at hearings held by the Rutherford County Commission, as supporters held prayer vigils.

At one such prayer vigil, WTVF reported opponents speaking out against construction.

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

So can we call Evy Summers et al. bigots now? If that isn’t bigotry, I don’t know what is.

9 thoughts on “Tennessee Mosque Site Torched

  1. Terrorism is only terrorism when Moslems do it.

    Will someone find a web address for the Islmac community in TN so I can send some money?

  2. Uhm, Evy, after you’re done with the Mosques, how long before you start to burn down the Synogogues?
    I mean if TN isn’t far enough away from Ground Zero to stop this brand of madness, then The Holocaust can’t be too long ago for a nice American-style Pogrom, can it?
    Then who?
    “Too close,” my ass!

    And this is another cause for worry, as Beck has added more religious rhetoric into his scam. ‘Going back to God’ sounds nice. But isn’t God defined by how you accept God into your heart and soul? Or is it about how much hate and violence you can incite in your God’s name?
    Today’s Christians know nothing about Christ and his teachings. They supposedly study the Bible, yet get the message wrong. It’s as if they went to algebra class, and concluded that number don’t mean shit, only letters count. And only the letters you like.
    And Christians aren’t the only ones, either. They’re just the prevalent brand of religious idiocy in our country.
    I think if we had more religious leaders who actually knew what they were talking about and weren’t Beck wanna-be grifters, we’d all be better off.
    I keep hearing that religion does a lot of good. I have a hard time finding examples. I’m sure that people out there are ready to cite them for me. Just understand why I would take anything you have to say with a large grain of salt.
    Religions and businesses have a lot in common. They’re both about getting assets, keeping them, and then growing them. The difference is that there aren’t a whole lot of corpses in the GM v. Ford argument, there are millions, if not billions, of corpses over who’s Messiah has a better owners manual.

  3. So can we call Evy Summers et al. bigots now? If that isn’t bigotry, I don’t know what is.

    Nod. The “Are you calling a majority of Americans bigots?” is a lovely “look over there!” strategy. And there’s an answer to it, as well. “No, I’m not calling a majority of Americans bigots. I don’t know what questions were asked; I don’t know what people were thinking when they answered that poll.

    “However, anyone who says that Muslims should be treated worse than anyone else, just because they’re Muslims, *is* a bigot. And that includes people who shriek that we must ask special questions and raise special concerns, and try to kick up a fuss, all because a group of Muslims wants to do something.”

    “I *do* think that, if a majority of Americans realized that a group of quiet, peaceful Muslims got harassed just for being Muslims, they’d be angry about that.”

  4. Being it’s on a Sunday, I can only conclude that someone(s) went to church and on the way to brunch decided to torch something. Must be those great “turn the other cheek” sermons they’re hearing.

  5. Whoops, just saw that the new mosque site was vandalized and torched on Saturday. It must have been Jewish worshippers coming from synagogue (snark).

  6. You know this kind of thing really pisses me off. Were the shots fired determined to be related or not?

  7. My spouse is Muslim (Persian; I am German-American). The father of the family is a doctor and the mother is a actuary. They are living the great American dream– book clubs, a collie dog in the back yard, paying more than their fair share of taxes, a mini-van to bring the kids to soccer practice, the whole 9 yards. They also happen to be practicing Muslims. We must not think in terms of “us” and “them,” we are all “us.” Don’t let those a-hole terrorists divide our amazing, affluent Muslim community from the rest of America.

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