By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) – Members of the Joplin, Missouri, mosque destroyed by a suspicious fire are sad and shaken, but resolute in their plans to stay in the area, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
"This is a very close-knit community," Kimberly Kester said on CNN's "Early Start." "I think we feel secure and nobody's going to move away because of this action."
A fire that broke out early Monday destroyed the worship house of the Islamic Society of Joplin, a small mosque serving about 50 families in the southwest Missouri city.
The mosque's community is no stranger to attacks, Kester said.
"We've had our mailbox destroyed. Our sign was burned. The sign has been shot with guns. People would sometimes drive by and yell at us," she said.
On July 4, a surveillance camera caught a man throwing some sort of incendiary device onto the building. The resulting fire damaged part of the roof.
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Monday's fire burned the mosque to the ground. Carl Junction Fire Chief Bill Dunn said the structure was a complete loss.
Federal agents are investigating Monday's fire, FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton told CNN.
"If it is determined that the fire was deliberately set or intentionally set, then we will investigate it to the full extent possible," Patton said.
The FBI, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has issued a $15,000 reward for information in the July incident.
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In Monday's fire, which has not yet been officially labeled arson, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has offered a $10,000 reward for information.
Kester declined to say if mosque members believe the same person is behind all of the attacks. She said they're confident investigators will get to the bottom of what happened, even though the mosque's security cameras were destroyed in the fire. She said police have always taken previous complaints very seriously.
"Right now we don't want to jump to any conclusions and we don't want to lay blame on anyone," Kester said. "We're putting our trust in the police force and the firefighters, the investigators, that they will find this person."
The fire, which happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, has been unsettling for mosque members, Fauzia Iqbal told CNN affiliate KYTV.
It's frightening, Iqbal said, and "there is a lot of shock and disbelief... because we don't expect this kind of behavior from our fellow citizens."
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Kester said that members of the mosque have received "an outpouring of support" from the Joplin community.
Among other things, St. Philips Episcopal Church in Joplin has offered to open its doors to the mosque's members so they have someplace to pray, KYTV reported.
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Prayer changes things
Actually, atheism is wonderful for children and all people!
Atheists have strong minds and are good at helping weak-minded people work through their struggles with other people or the imaginary forces or obstacles that men have made up. Atheists encourage people to take responsibility for their actions within society instead of having their misdeeds excused and often hidden within their religion (comforting their weak minds, but simultaneously disserving society).
Break the matrix of deception by all religions.
If the thought leaving your imaginary friends behind is just too much, or makes you want to go p00py, then try Atheism Lite™ (agnosticism) for a period of time to ease your way into a much more rewarding, peaceful life.
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Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.
An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! ,
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Jesus and his family had/has warmongering Michael, gay Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family) (As did the probable red-neck "Christian" arsonist)
Joe Smith had his Moroni. (As does M. Romney)
"Latter-day Saints like M. Romney also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."
Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;
Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).
Jesus and his family had/has Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day demon of the demented. (As does BO and his family)
The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.
Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie/horn-blowing thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.
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