FLATLANDER

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Stupid people come in all faiths and colors...

No secret, I'm not the biggest fan of Islam, but this is just wrong.
Targeting peaceful Muslims in a nation that prides itself on diversity and freedom of religion, flies in the face of the spirit of our nation, the teachings of Christ, and good old Midwestern common sense.  As a Christian I understand that this act not only smeared feces on the door of the mosque, it also smeared feces on Christ. "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me!"  That works the other way too, whatever you DO unto one of the least of these, you DO unto Me.
 
The perpetrators of this vandalism are no better than the mask wearing, AK47 wielding extremists on the other side of the ocean.
 
Come on, We're better than this in the Fargo/Moorhead area.  Harsh words against extremism are one thing.  Defending your nation against a group who has attacked it is one thing.  Anonymously attacking peaceful people, regardless of their views, is just plain idiocy and is no better than the hate that comes from the angry Mullahs in the caves of the middle-east.  You don't attack all Christians because of the KKK and you don't attack all Muslims because of Al-Quida.
 
I've never heard of the Fargo mosque, or any of it's members, being suspected of supporting terrorism.
 
It's a war on TERRORISTS idiots, not on ISLAM.
 
I hope they find the vandal(s), I have an award I'd like to present them with.
 
Many apologies to our local Islamic folk.  I hope it's an isolated incident too, Mr.Fakhr. 
 
FLATLANDER
 
Vandals hit Fargo mosque
By Sherri Richards,The Forum
Published Thursday, October 07, 2004
 
Feces was smeared on the south door of Fargo's mosque this weekend.
 
Whether the crime was hate-motivated is not clear.
 
Fargo police were dispatched to the mosque, 2102 6th Ave. S., at 7:18 a.m. Sunday when the vandalism was noticed.
 
It occurred sometime after 9 p.m. Saturday.
 
Yahya Frederickson was leaving the mosque after morning prayer when he spotted paper on the ground.
 
"It looked like there was feces that had been smeared on the back door and toilet paper that had been stuck in it," Frederickson said.
 
Cigarette butts lay on the ground, and tobacco juice had been spit on the doorknob, he said.
 
Frederickson said the Muslim community was more concerned about assaults after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but not recently.
 
About a week after 9/11, a man displayed a rifle at the mosque, but did not overtly threaten anyone.
 
Frederickson said he couldn't think of anything that would have spurred the recent actions, so he didn't discount the possibility of it being a prank.
 
Mohamed Fakhr, president of the Islamic Society of Fargo-Moorhead, said he is surprised by the vandalism.
 
He said the community has been supportive of area Muslims since 9/11.
 
"We hope it's just an isolated incident," Fakhr said.
 
The police officer who responded to the scene has not filed a report, according to Fargo Police Lt. Tod Dahle.

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