Religious Right outrage over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (which is really a cultural center, and will be built near, not on top of, the site of the former World Trade Center, as I blogged already) has been palpable over the last several weeks. For the most part, opponents have said they’re not really opposed to the building of a mosque in the US, just not near the World Trade Center. The problem with this claim, though, is that it’s a lie! All over the country, proposed mosque constructions have run into opposition by the Religious Right … not just the Cordoba Center/Park51 project. One example of this has been in Murfreesboro TN, as the Washington Post reported recently (WebCite cached version). Well, opponents of the Tennessee mosque appear to have ratcheted the heat up — literally; the AP (via Google News) reports that the ATF and FBI have found that its construction site had been torched (cached article):
Federal investigators said Friday that a suspicious fire that damaged construction equipment at the site of a future mosque in Tennessee was arson and offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
The future mosque in Tennessee, like other houses of worship for Muslims across the country, has been drawn into a fierce debate surrounding a proposed Islamic community center two blocks from Manhattan’s ground zero, and opponents are becoming even more hostile and aggressive.
The construction site arson frightened members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Firefighters had said there was a strong smell of diesel from the fire that engulfed the cab of a dump truck last weekend, and authorities found fresh fuel pooled under a second dump truck, according to an incident report from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.
Still, authorities did not officially rule the fire an arson until laboratory tests on samples from the burned dump truck tested positive for accelerants.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI is offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest.
Way to go, people. What an inspiring example of how the Religion of Love takes care of things.
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