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January 30th, 2011
06:36 PM ET

Man charged with making terrorist threats in connection with mosque

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

A man arrested by Dearborn, Michigan, police and charged with possessing explosives in connection with making terrorist threats was targeting one of America's largest mosques, according to officials at the Muslim house of worship.

A 63-year-old California man was arraigned Wednesday and charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism and one count of explosives - possession of bombs with unlawful intent - the Dearborn Police Department said in a press release Sunday.

Roger Stockham was in possession of Class C fireworks, according to Dearborn Police Officer Brandon Nichols.

The felony charges carry maximum sentences of 20 years and 15 years respectively, Nichols said. Stockham is being held on $500,000 bond with a requirement of a GPS tether if bond is posted, according to the police department's release.

Dearborn police informed the Islamic Center of America on Tuesday that they had arrested an individual with "a large quantity of fireworks in his car" in the mosque's parking lot a day earlier, a Sunday press release from the mosque said.

"According to police they received a tip from an employee of a local establishment stating that he overheard threats against Muslims or Arabs made by this individual," the mosque's press release said. "A search of area mosques was conducted and a man fitting the description provided was found and taken into custody at the Islamic Center of America mosque."

Members of the Islamic Center of America were alerted to the threat during Friday's prayer service, according to CNN Detroit affiliate WDIV.

Stockham is scheduled to appear in court this Friday, Nichols said. He said the police continue to investigate the incident.

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Class C fireworks are known as consumer fireworks and are "most commonly sold at neighborhood stands during the Fourth of July season."

"While we still don't know all the details of this crime we do know from police reports that the individual has a record of contact with law enforcement for other threats of violence," the mosque said in its release.

"Crimes like this recent attempt and others intended to create terror among our citizens must be identified for what they are," the release said, "useless attempts at dividing a great diverse nation."

Located just outside of Detroit, Dearborn is home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the United States. The Islamic Center of North America was founded in the 1963, according to its website, which says the mosque building is the largest in North America.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Michigan • Mosque

soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. thorrsman

    Why do so many jump to the conclusion that this guy is "guilty" of anything?

    Someone CLAIMS to have overheard him making something like a threat. He had some fireworks in his car. Thus far, nothing has been proven against him. The charges appear all out of balance with the actual evidence. Seems more hype and hysteria than an actual threat against anyone thus far. Until more facts are given, it seems foolish to assume that he planned any criminal act–unless it would be illegal where he lived to set off those fireworks after the Superbowl.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • johnee

      I want to hear more about the charge of " one count of false report or threat of terrorism"

      What did he report?

      January 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  2. anita

    Stop with the fricken quran verses already! we know your holy book is full of crap! Man! The only Muslims i like are the non-religious ones. At least when a Christian commits sin everyone and their mom knows about it and they dont try and hide it. Unlike islam you all do the worst things behind closed doors and still claim youre untainted.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
    • what up cnn?

      did you say "taint" - wow, as a faithful muslim i must say that i often touch myself behind closed doors while viewing pictures of your christian saint sarah palin.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  3. rjgar

    come on you lib moderator lets get on with the whole freedom of speech thing

    and I did mean to say jerkboy allah not mohamed

    post my comment or admit you are afraid of being American....or just admit that you are being bought off

    January 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  4. don't ever censor my words

    like i said - we don't need no stinking government to tell us who we can blow up. we don't need no police, or army, or navy or marines. we don't need no firemen. we don't need no schools. we don't need no stinking roads. we only need our 2d amendment rights and fox news. we gots our rights. don't you tread on me.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  5. Drew

    Unless his vehicle was packed so full you couldn't see out of it, i doubt a bunch of class C fireworks could cause any amount of damage to a building. Maybe to his car, make a lot of noise and scare people. Either way the guy "sounds" like he had some issues. Has anyone asked him "why" he did such a thing? You wont see that answer on any news report.

    As for the anti-islam, or christian or whatever is going on. Im agnostic. I think religion is nothing more than control of the masses. However, islam isnt just a religion, its a political system, a way of life. If ANY part of that religion becomes part of our "bill of rights" or whatever else someone is planning...i will NOT follow it. I dont care how much you threaten me. If those who follow islam could "bend" the extreme parts of their religion (say ..dont use anything from shira's law for ex.) then it would be just another religion in this nation, and wouldn't be an issue.

    ah well, there wont be an easy answer.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Mike Buzan

      Well Drew you were partially correct. Islam is not always a political system. Look at Indonesia (largest Muslim population of any country and forth largest country population in the world) and Turkey. Neither has Islamic law. Not all, and I say not many Muslims believe in Islamic law and want to destroy the infidels. I lived in Indonesia 21 months and in Iraq 45 months, have traveled many times thru Turkey and a few to Jordan, once to Egypt and never felt hated, always treated with rspect and hospitality. People read the news and develop totaly one sided incorrect positions.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Drew

      Hmm...that definitely gives me more to think about. I realize the media are like vultures, picking at something until they get what they want. Then showing it to the world as "the truth". I admit ive never studied Islam or been around anyone that believe in it. a big part of me wants nothing to do with it, but shutting out reality isnt the answer either. I do not HATE someone for a religious choice. Honestly im just not sure what to think about any religion. Its all control to me, so i avoid it.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Paul

      Drew, very powerful of you to take a stand and say how you won't follow our bill of rights if it adopts Islam principles. Really, that was big of you. You refuse to take part of something that will never, ever happen. No real outlined religions are in the US bill of rights. I suggest you go educate yourself on the manner before you make such stupid statements in the future.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • Drew

      @paul: i suggest you re-educate yourself in how to properly read. I stand by my statement, if you dont like it, come find me and we can discuss things in person. I doubt you or anyone else here has the courage to say such a thing to a persons face. Enjoy arguing over the internet yet?

      January 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  6. cnn blows

    moderate this

    January 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  7. Mike Buzan

    Too bad mankind has not evolved intellectually/socially to a point where everyone is an Atheist. Then we wouldn't have all this ignorance & intolerance. On all sides.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Drew

      I agree with you. religion has be used as a source of hate, war and of course a reason to conquer civilizations since human kind has existed. Not to mention it raises funds so the quacks can make millions then build a theme park...or get away with doing just about anything. (pause...ahh ok so that was going too far...sorry.)

      January 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Dawn

      Ha! Just because religion is one of the more popular pretenses for violence, it's not by FAR the only one. If everyone in the world stopped believing in religion on the same DAY, they'd just be killing each other over something else the next day.

      Heck they did a social experiment where they got a classroom of children to hate each other over EYE COLOR.

      Please. Atheism is not THE answer to anything. People need to stop being bound up in stupid crap.

      FIBER is the answer!

      January 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      GREAT IDEA!
      lets all become atheists, so this world is full of Stalins and Maos and Hitlers. Pure genius.

      January 31, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  8. stevemorge

    He was so mad at the terrorists that he became a terrorist.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  9. Rob Hannigan

    I don't understand these people. I'm Catholic okay, but I'm an American first. I put religion aside when it comes to big issues. This is a big issue for me and I bet for many logical and reasonable people it is to. These are Americans they deserve the same respect that every other American is shown. I've got plenty of friends that are muslim and not that any where. But any one of my friends could have been. I want to start sticking up with everyone.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • milmarm

      Being Catholic is not opposed to being American. NOR is it an obstacle to you believing or stating that violence against another human being, muslim or otherwise, is wrong. There is nothing in Christ's teachings that would place you, a Catholic, in opposition to proclaiming peaceful measures. Therefore, you don't have to put your faith aside to state your case.. EVER. In fact, it is precisely BECAUSE you are a Catholic that you should oppose violence against others and freely say so.

      January 31, 2011 at 4:16 am |
  10. rupert the garbage creator

    stip blaming sarah palin for everything - she is our victim

    January 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Dawn

      Oh yes. Nothing projects strength and leadership like whining that people are being MEAN to you.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  11. owen

    AN OLD MAN ONE OLD MAN STANDS UP TOO PROTECT HIS WAY OF LIFE,THATS WAY IT'S GOING TO BE SO EASY TOO CRUSH THE BORN AGAIN!!! ISIAM ROCK'S

    January 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  12. dan the garbage man

    this guy is obviously a follower of barry hussein slowbama - a leftist, marxist, fascist, community organizer who jerked off to pictures of a winking sarah palin on his smart phone while driving from cali to dearborne

    January 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • stevemorge

      And you base your comments on?

      January 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • steve in the morgue

      what are you, some leftist, fascist, kenyan lover? you trying to take away my 1st amendment rights. how dare you. i got my sources, pal.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Paul

      Out of all the dumb names conservatives give Obama I think "slowbama" is the best yet. Get it.. cause he's had kind of a slow start. Oh well, keep up the good work, Barack.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  13. nik green

    Terrorism against Muslims is very, very, very acceptable in the eyes of middle America and its neo-gestapo. I am amazed this little item made it to the Islamophobic mainSStream weasel media. Really.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • Paul

      No, terrorism against American Muslims is not viewed favorably by middle America, only inbred rednecks.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  14. Alex

    we should not hate anyone because of their religion,even if they hate us

    January 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • rjgar

      well Alex its because religion and polotics are the same thing, allow me to control your mind or heart and I control your future.

      I have you, you have your family, they have theirs....and on and on and on

      Drink or feast from my table once and you may remain a man
      Drink twice and you are mine !

      better decide now who you want to be. When the head hits the firing pin it may be to late.
      Sorry everything you have read about the meek inheriting the earth is another BS message from a wantabe controlling religion.

      Get a grip get a life now before its to late

      January 30, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  15. Yesbutno

    You can get the best bang for your buck if you shop for your fireworks and Indian reservations. I know, i do.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Yesbutno

      ...What the F...?!?! –LOL...!!!

      Peace...

      January 31, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  16. joe the garbage picker

    barry caused this otherwise law-abiding patriot to try to help sharon angle rid dearborne of sharia ;law. wait until 2012 when pastor beck is our leader. then all of the mosques will be turned into 7-11's.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Vance

      LOL...it's always so funny to see just how low the dregs of society can be dug...Glenn Beck truly appeals to the lowest common denominator in our culture – the ignorant masses needing to be lead. I am ashamed to call some of you fellow Americans – your complete and total lack of anything resembling intelligence is exactly why the rest of the world hates America. Do us all a favor and leave; go to Canada and get lost in the woods.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • tea bag this

      just like you marxist, communist, nazi sob's trying to take away my 1st amendment rights and my guns. what you got against white people who vacation in canada? you must be one of those muslims. my god is the real god.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  17. Forreal89

    Hey things are getting heated here time for the Muslims to leave

    January 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga

      I worked in Saudi Arabia for a couple of years with a "company" out of Alexandria Va that had a contract to "modernize the Saudi Arabian National Guard" (They in essence provide security for the royal family). The one thing I took from my experiences with Muslims, was every one of them was a hypocrite. To each other they talk the Qua-ran, to westerners, they talk booze and broads. To our faces they smiled, behind our backs they called us dumb Ameriki's, Infidels, less than human. I do not need any more experience to know what Muslims in general think of Christians. l I wasn't even allowed into Saudi Arabia without agreeing to bring no Christian religious materials, like a bible. I have no use for them until they accept the fact no religion is more important than another in this country.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • Vance

      Chuck in Jasper, Ga
      You sound like a bigot. I hope it brings you comfort to cast aspersions on 'every muslim' based on your interactions with a few. How very Christian of you. Gee, I wonder why the hell they aren't more tolerant, especially after their time with someone as understanding and tolerant as you.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Paul

      Chuck, did you ever stop and think maybe you got it all wrong. Maybe they didn't make fun of you because of your race and religion... maybe it was your personality.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • margot707

      Chuck – What you describe sounds exactly like the kind of stuff spouted by the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Gary North, Lou Engels and other Dominionists who want to turn the US into a Christian theocracy.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Forreal89

      Hmmm... your sense of wanting to protect peace loving Muslim's that are American citizens is touching.

      *sarcasm* intended.

      Peace...

      January 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • B(iraq) Hussein Osama

      I bet Chuck here did not leave Saudi as soon as he found out "all muslims" are hypocrites. He kept on kissing the Saudi asses and taking their money until his pockets were full. And now he is on here bad mouthing the hand that fed him good.

      Basically what you are saying is muslims are two-faced hypocrites like Americans. They act one way with each other and totally different with others. As an American, you should actually like muslims!! They are your mirror copy as you yourself admit.

      January 31, 2011 at 6:07 am |
  18. Muhammad

    There is no disrespect to women in Islam

    January 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Chuck in Jasper, Ga

      and there is no such thing as an Islamic Extremist. Sure......

      January 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • thorrsman

      @Muhammad
      Hoo ha! Go on, pull the other one.

      Had you said there was no respect for women in Islam, you'd have many agreeing with you.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Muneef

      Nonimus
      Not saying that women are accorded equal rights in Islam, but get you facts straight:
      Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country, elected Megawati Sukarnoputri as president
      Pakistan, the second most populous Muslim-majority country, twice (non-consecutively) elected Benazir Bhutto as prime minister
      Bangladesh, the third most populous Muslim-majority country, elected Khaleda Zia[5] and Sheikh Hasina as prime ministers
      Turkey, the fifth most populous Muslim-majority country, elected Tansu Çiller as prime minister
      ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_political_leaders_in_Islam_and_in_Muslim-majority_countries )
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      January 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • johnee

      I call being allowed 4 women disrespect.
      Islam disolves human male's personal responsibility . The quran is not word of God, it is word of man

      January 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Muneef

      There are more women in the world than men what are they supposed to do if we do not share them, they have a right to have their chance to live as legitimate married women and have legitimate children? Am married to one only for the past 20 years and not have the thought or the money to marry another because God insists that I should treat them equally with out any mistakes and that's why I fear to marry another because am not sure if will be able to treat as equal with out getting God angered on me... Beside that we are told only to marry a second one if first wife is unfit for marriage duties or not able to produce children or not able to produce boys...so you see there should be a reason but admit some do enjoy being surrounded with female wives and can afford to support all...some as have heated married up to 30 women during their life time and all time had one or three in hand but there were deaths and divorces and some where short marriages...but that is not to be taken as an example for all Muslims because many of us are married to one only ...

      January 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Brian

      are you drunk? is that why you cover the woman and have multiple wifes? Is that why verginity is must and if not stoned to death! And man can run loose like run away sperms?

      January 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • margot707

      Chuck – Just like there are no Christian Fundamentalists?

      January 30, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
    • rjgar

      so you are either an idiot a liar or a pdophile

      January 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • ReplytoFrank

      Today a woman shot her 2 teen kids to death for being too 'mouthy'. She was depressed for a long time. I just want to know where was her husband? If she was depressed why was she raising two kids alone. Her husband left her for a better wife or what? If he were a Muslim, he would not be allowed to leave them alone. I am a muslim woman and I just wish all the women in the world knew the virutes of Islam. Islam commands the men to look after their children and wife. This is is the perfect religion for women. Please read Quran and learn Islam with open mind and heart. May God bless for all the single parents (mothers) of the world.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Muneef,
      I appreciate the citation, but as the quote says, I was "not saying that women are accorded equal rights in Islam," just that there are examples of women reaching high office in Muslim, or Muslim-majority, countries. Thanks for using the whole posting, though.

      Your second post, however, seems to be in disagreement with the CIA "World Factbook." Based on your rationale and the numbers below, women should be allowed to marry multiple men, right? Also, if women are allowed equal education and career opportunities they might also be able to support multiple husbands. How would you feel about that?

      Se.x ratio:
      at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
      under 15 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
      15-64 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
      65 years and over: 0.79 male(s)/female
      total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2009 est.)

      (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/xx.html)

      January 31, 2011 at 10:53 am |
    • Reality

      Islam gives women almost no rights and treats them like fodder for the male species as so bluntly noted by Aya-an Hi-rsi Ali in her autobiography, In-fidel.

      "Thus begins the extraordinary story of a woman born into a family of desert nomads, circu-mcised as a child, educated by radical imams in Kenya and Saudi Arabia, taught to believe that if she uncovered her hair, terrible tragedies would ensue. It's a story that, with a few different twists, really could have led to a wretched life and a lonely death, as her grandmother warned. But instead, Hi-rsi Ali escaped – and transformed herself into an internationally renowned spokeswoman for the rights of Muslim women."

      ref: Washington Post book review.

      some excerpts:

      "Some of the Saudi women in our neighborhood were regularly be-aten by their husbands. You could hear them at night. Their scre-ams resounded across the courtyards. "No! Please! By Allah!"

      "The Pakistanis were Muslims but they too had cas-tes. The Untou-chable girls, both Indian and Pakistani were darker skin. The others would not play with them because they were unt-ouchable. We thought that was funny because of course they were tou-chable: we to-uched them see? but also hor-rifying to think of yourself as un-touchable, des-picable to the human race."

      "Between October 2004 and May 2005, eleven Muslim girls were ki-lled by their families in just two regions (there are 20 regions in Holland). After that, people stopped telling me I was exa-ggerating."

      "The kind on thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia and among the Brotherhood of Kenya and Som-alia, is incompatible with human rights and liberal values. It preserves the feu-dal mind-set based on tr-ibal concepts of honor and shame. It rests on self-deception, hypro-cricy, and double standards. It relies on the technologial advances of the West while pretending to ignore their origin in Western thinking. This mind-set makes the transition to modernity very painful for all who practice Islam".

      January 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Muneef

      Nonimus.

      Yes have thought not taking it fully initialed would be stealing like...about women marrying more than one man won't work and not in any religion that is...about figures I guess each country has it's own figures and can not be taken like this generally..as to education to women Islam has branches some do allow women study and work but some are very extreme about it not because religion said but more it is for their culture being and teachings that are far away from what has God said and what the Prophet said but more like what the "Imams" said...and such has complicated religion and make many indifference's that has shredded religion in to many branches that never agree with each other on many things that could become fights just as those between Muslims and Christians and maybe worse...such as those in every religion extremes are the cause of sufferings of all religions and branches...

      January 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  19. Muneef

    Ta-Ha sura 20:
    But he who turneth away from remembrance of Me, his will be a narrow life, and I shall bring him blind to the assembly on the Day of Resurrection. (124) He will say: My Lord! Wherefor hast Thou gathered me (hither) blind, when I was wont to see? (125) He will say: So (it must be). Our revelations came unto thee but thou didst forget them. In like manner thou art forgotten this Day. (126) Thus do We reward him who is prodigal and believeth not the revelations of his Lord; and verily the doom of the Hereafter will be sterner and more lasting. (127) Is it not a guidance for them (to know) how many a generation We destroyed before them, amid whose dwellings they walk? Lo! therein verily are signs for men of thought. (128) And but for a decree that had already gone forth from thy Lord, and a term already fixed, the judgment would (have) been inevitable (in this world). (129) Therefor (O Muhammad), bear with what they say, and celebrate the praises of thy Lord ere the rising of the sun and ere the going down thereof. And glorify Him some hours of the night and at the two ends of the day, that thou mayst be well pleased. (130) And strain not thine eyes toward that which We cause some wedded pairs among them to enjoy, the flower of the life of the world, that We may try them thereby. The provision of thy Lord is better and more lasting. (131) And enjoin upon thy people worship, and be constant therein. We ask not of thee a provision: We provided for thee. And the sequel is for righteousness. (132) And they say: If only he would bring us a miracle from his Lord! Hath there not come unto them the proof of what is in the former scriptures? (133) And if we had destroyed them with some punishment before it, they would assuredly have said: Our Lord! If only Thou hadst sent unto us a messenger, so that we might have followed Thy revelations before we were (thus) humbled and disgraced! (134) Say: Each is awaiting; so await ye! Ye will come to know who are the owners of the path of equity, and who is right. (135).

    January 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • inyourhead00

      Stop please.

      January 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Frank

      Wait, that sounds sooo familiar... Was that the passage Sammuel L Jackson said in pulp fiction before he shot that hamburger guy?

      January 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Reality

      o "Islam’s Koran and Female Ge-ni-tal Mutilation

      Islam’s widespread practice of amputating the cl-ito-ris and sometimes part or even all of the v-ul-va from the ge-n-ita-lia of Muslim women, af-firmed in a hadith by Mohammed himself, most likely also traces back to the founder’s del-ib-e-rate ab-use of se-x to lu-re pa-gan males into his cu-lt. The more the male s-ex drive is pu-rpo-sefully ar–o-used, the more the female se-x urge may have to be proportionately suppressed, lest o-rg-ia-stic hell begin to spread.
      Consider then what frequently happens when even a modes-tly clothed young Western woman walks alone in br-oa-d daylight down a street in, for example, a non-Westernized area of a city in Pakistan. Muslim men around her can see her face, hair and nec-k—maybe even her an-kles. Some of them perceive that much exposure as intent on her part to ar-ou-se them. The fact that she is not acc-ompanied by a male relative confirms their susp-icions. Knowing that she, a Western woman, has not been subjected to that cruel am-p-u-tation which Islam forces upon millions of Muslim women, some males may even imagine that she must feel s-e-xual de-sire for them.

      They tend also to perceive themselves as not responsible to exercise decent social restr-aint. Rather she is respon-sible not to tempt them! Whatever le-wd thing Muslim men around her say, do or feel as a result is regarded as her fault alone. . . .

      During a major uphe-aval in Ind-onesia in the late 1990s, s-ex-cra-zed Muslim men ga-ng-ra-p-ed dozens of Chinese women in shops, homes and even in the streets, shouting in Arabic, “Alahu Akbar!” (God is great!)"- D. Richardson

      February 1, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  20. Pat

    If he was Muslim, in Pakistan, and his target a Christian church, he be given a medal...

    January 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Muneef

      Not sure if the Pakistani Muslims have that mentality but it could be possible specially at rural areas or outer city limits, any way we do have such mental cases in our Islamic society but does not mean that we all are mental cases...? Surely you have your own mental cases read about few they do it just for the pleasure of it and not for any religious or non religious purpose...?!

      January 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Dawn

      Not here he wouldn't.

      But that's what it takes to be morally consistant. To condemn violence and hatred no matter the source or the target. It's not justified. EVER.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Pat

      And... somehow your comment makes what this guy did, o.k...? Or is it... 'If you think what this guy did was bad, so what... just look at the Muslim's in these other countries...?

      Is that kinda' what we are supposed to get from your post...?

      Peace...

      January 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
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