3 Men Charged in Mosque Burning
February 13, 2008 §
Recently, in Nashville Tennesee three men belonging to the Christian Identity Movement – a radical group with a Eurocentric interpretation of Christianity – have been arrested by federal agents, as suspects in connection with the burning of a mosque (masjid) called the Islamic Center of Columbia. The fire completely destroyed the mosque and a number of items such as Qur’ans, etc.. The suspects – age 19, 23 and 32 – appeared in court Monday, February 11, 2008.
|The attackers painted a swastika and the phrases “white power” and “we run the country” on the mosque’s exterior.Abudiab, president of the Islamic Center, told the daily the markings clearly pointed to a hate crime;
“The writing on the wall says it all.”
Over the next few days, leaders of the mosque, which has a congregation of about 20, will be meeting with an insurance adjuster and trying to decide whether they can rebuild the mosque at the same location, the paper said. They also have to figure out how to dispose of burned Qurans and other religious materials left over from the fire.
“We want to make sure that they are burned completely,”
“We don’t want any fragments of them floating around the neighborhood and ending up in trash cans.”
Meanwhile, a local church has offered its support, raising $1,000 for the mosque and offering up space for worship on Fridays at First Presbyterian Church, local TV station WKRN reported.