Friday, April 13, 2007

Hate crime?

TAMPA - A Thursday morning arson fire at a local Islamic school and prayer hall has authorities wondering whether a hate crime was committed.
The Islamic Education Center of Tampa, which is tucked away on a leafy street off Memorial Highway and George Road in Hillsborough County, was empty around 10:00 Thursday morning when firefighters responded to reports of a blaze.
After a gasoline-fueled fire was put out, all that remained inside the building were bits of burnt prayer rugs, and scorched copies of the Qu'ran. The building remained standing, having survived the fire... but little else did.

On Friday, April 13, the Tampa office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) will hold a news conference to announce a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arsonists who torched a local mosque.

1 comment:

lon moore said...

Possbly insurance fraud posing as a hate crime? I'm not ready to buy the hate crime scenario just yet. There's too much fishy history with Tampa and Muslim education, and too many other "vandalism" incidents there which CAIR wants to call hate crimes. I haven't seen any reports of "racist" graffiti left at the arson site. Maybe that's because the poorly contrived hate graffiti left at previous "vandalisms" belied the hate crime charges by CAIR. Since CAIR cannot find enough real incidents of anti-Muslim crimes, I would not put it past them to manufacture incidents, or at least jump on fakes to puff their portfolio. We'll hear all about it if the arsonists turn out to be skinheads or the like, but this story is down the memory hole if it is fakery.