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Missouri mosque destroyed in second fire in a month
The ruins of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, smolder after a fire early Monday.
August 6th, 2012
04:54 PM ET

Missouri mosque destroyed in second fire in a month

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A mosque in Joplin, Missouri, was burned to the ground early Monday, just over a month after an attempted arson at the Islamic center, officials said.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the latest fire. The mosque's security cameras were destroyed in the blaze, according to Sharon Rhine of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

"This incident should not stop us from worshiping our God," one member of the Islamic Society of Joplin told CNN affiliate KYTV. "We are going to find a place probably to continue our service to God."

Kimberly Kester, another member, said the blaze was so intense that the building's bricks were still sizzling hours after the fire.

Carl Junction Fire Chief Bill Dunn called it a "complete loss."

Though investigators haven't determined the cause, Kester suspects it to be another incident of arson.

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"I think this act of hate will bring us together," she told CNN iReport.

On July 4, surveillance video caught a man approaching the mosque and throwing "an ignited object" on the roof, causing minor exterior damage, according to the FBI.

The FBI was offering a combined reward of $15,000 for information leading to the suspect arsonist in that incident.


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Kester said the mosque was a target of other acts of vandalism. In September of 2008, a sign at the mosque was set on fire and was also determined to be arson, according to CNN affiliate KODE.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for increased police protection at other places of worship in the wake of the fire and is offering a $10,000 reward for information on the latest incident.

The city of Joplin was the site of a monster tornado that ripped through the area in 2011. At least 161 people were killed and miles of businesses, homes and schools were destroyed. Kester said she is confident the community resolve shown after that devastating storm will again be present as the mosque and its members look to rebuild.

"Joplin survived such a devastating storm and we came together. We can all come together and build a great community once again," Kester said.

The mosque's burning comes as an Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, prepares to open for the first time after years of legal wrangling, vandalism and anti-Muslim sentiment.

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The controversy erupted in 2010, when planning commissioners approved an expansion project at the existing mosque.

The construction site has been vandalized several times, including an arson attack in 2010 and "not welcome" spray-painted on a sign announcing the project. Federal authorities have charged a Texas man with calling in a bomb threat to the center before last year's anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is awaiting its certificate of occupancy - the final step needed to open.

CNN's Darrell Calhoun and Jareen Imam contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam

soundoff (786 Responses)
  1. Number4

    Rural Missouri is the last place I would build anything. The people there are among the most backward, ignorant, and bigoted I have known. If you are from a different county, it is like you are from another country and therefore considered an enemy.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • chieftrainer

      I'm not so sure the fault is in rural MO. Sounds like you have a hard time getting along with people.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  2. Dave Jaipersaud

    God is watching and he is considering his options of unleashing another wave of tornadoes to take care of the haters.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Satan

      And I will be there to fvck up the lives of hypocrite Christians like yourself. Cheers!

      August 7, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • chieftrainer

      I guess those on the west coast are haters because of earthquakes? Those in the south and on the east coast are haters because of hurricanes? Those in the north are haters because of blizzards? I guess pretty much everyone fits into your logic.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  3. clubschadenfreude

    ah, the cowardly hateful people who do such things, including trying to "zone" away mosques. We have an idiot attack a Sikh temple likely thinking it was some type of Islam (even the superintendent of the Air Force Academy think Sikhs go to a "mosque", demonstrating the continuing problems there: http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/2012/08/06/afas-gould-refers-to-sikhs-as-going-to-mosque ), and now someone burning down a real mosque. And one can pretty much guess that these have been done by people who have some variant of their own Christianity, where their god approves of whatever they do. I'm sure someone will point out that churches have been burnt by arson. Yep, they have, and it's quite rare, unless of course it was the 1950s/60s and the church was African American.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  4. steve

    @frank dis...at least i'm not blowing myself up and killing innocent people u all seem to forget about 9-11 and the 3,000 Americans who lost their lives why dont u get out of your shell and face the facts. Have u ever fought for your country no probably not i was in the 1st gulf war did u see what islam did to their own people remember Saddam used gas on his own people

    August 7, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • clubschadenfreude

      Golly, steve, then we should be blaming you and punishing you personally for the inqusition, the pogroms against the Jews by Luther, etc, the protesants burning Catholics, and Catholics burning Protestants up to the 17th century, etc since you see fit to blame all Muslims for the actions of a few. If you actually knew any history of religion, one knows that sects of Christians kill each other just like the various sects of Islam. There's nothing special or true about any religion, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, etc. But you sure all love to harm people and things over your baseless beliefs.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Rak

      Saddam was a secularist demon. Just because you fought in Gulf war doesn't make you an expert on Islam. ISLAM IS NOT A MONOLITHIC CULT OF 1.4 BILLION PEOPLE!!!! Get it through your thick skulls. We are dealing with an extremist offshoot whose victims are 98% Muslim!!!! Do you guys pay attention to the news around the world. Right now in Mali extremists are killing innocent Muslims and destroying holy shrines because they are not aligned with their view of Islam. Wake up folks!

      August 7, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • ben carroll

      Steve, you're as ignorant as you are misguided. Show me proof that any members of these religious communities harbor malicious intent to this country and it's citizens and I'll be the first to support a criminal investigation and the ensuing prosecution. I can only imagine that the vast majority of these members of these religious communities ARE citizens of this country, natural or naturalized. They work in their communities, pay taxes, send their children to community schools, shop in community businesses and worship their God in their houses of prayer. They are AMERICANS. You served in Iraq in the First Gulf War? Then you should understand these things. What part of the basic tenant of religious freedom did you fail to comprehend in Civics class? If you are of the opinion that any more extreme and awful violence has been committed in the name of Islam than has been been committed in the name of Christianity, then you obviously have a very weak grasp on history. Study the crusades. Study the reformation. Study the inquisition. Study "Christian" brotherhoods such as the Ku Klux Klan. Or don't. Ignorance is your birthright. If you don't feel the need to open your mind and attempt to understand people who don't look like you, then enjoy it. I just couldn't pass up to opportunity to let you know that I think you're way off base.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • JFH

      Yes. many innocent people died on 9/11but that is not an excuse to attack innocent people who are different than you are. US and NATO caused the death of thousands of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan!

      August 7, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Rak

      Also by the way, I personally knew one of the people who died in WTC. He was a honorable man, with 4 kids, worked hard and was.......Muslim! You and anyone else who act like this is a black/white, us vs. Muslims thing is so offensive, so ignorant and pathetic that it is a true embarrassment to this country.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Roger

      steve, no one has seen his body. I doubt his brother and sisters in the organization would give one of themselves up.

      Saddam Hussein: 33 ° Freemason

      Yes, the world is a big chess board and we are the pieces being played.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  5. PaulC

    Not to belittle the arson crime but if you want to see real hatred open a Christian church in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia.
    Just walking on the street carrying a bible will get you killed in Iran.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Bob

      The United States is supposed to be a beacon of democracy and freedom - including of religion. What happens in other countries is no excuse for giving up on our ideals even though we fall far short of achieving them (witness the too-frequent headlines of mass murder and arson, not to mention race-baiting by Republican politicians).

      August 7, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Rak

      Dude, you want to go down to the level of countries that don't pretend to be a place of freedom? And stop cherry picking countries, the majority of countries with Muslim populations don't have such issues including Bangladesh where my parents are from.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • chieftrainer

      PaulC, you had me believing in you until you had to throw in the "Republican" jab. Replace "Republican" with "Democrat" and your statement is just as true.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Mario

      That is belittling the crime. This was a hate crime, in the USA. Whatever happens elsewhere isn't an argument.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • chieftrainer

      Sorry PaulC. My comment was directed to Bob and not you

      August 7, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Din

      Muslim believes in Bible as the book of God given to Jessus so they will never burn it and never kill the person who is carrying it. However, if you tell them that you are American then there is chance you will get killed even you are muslim.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • ben carroll

      Paul, thankfully, we live in neither Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or Iran. We live in America. If we stoop to that level of intolerance and misguided religious zealotism, then America become a cheaper, smaller, less wonderful society. Go to New York and read the statue. "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Note that it doesn't say "only give us people who look and talk like us and believe the same things we believe and as long as they don't in any way act differently than any of us we might just put up with them."

      August 7, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Roger

      Bob,

      "The United Nations is the greatest fraud in all History. Its purpose is to destroy the United States."

      John E. Rankin, U.S. Congressman.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  6. Mohamiss Shafik-Kaddir

    Inshallah, Allah shall have his revenge .....

    August 7, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Satan

      No he won't, he doesn't exist!

      August 7, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • steve

      get out u are probably the arsonist

      August 7, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Chiniquy

      Have revenge for what? Nothing happens unless G-D allows it to happen. The Creator of the Heavens and Earth is not petty. HE doesn't have any special people that HE take revenge for because other humans have done wrong to them. HE allows these things to happen just like what happend at the Sikh Temple. To bring the rest of us back to our humanity. To stop these sensleess acts from happening in the future by being more appreciative of our differences. To stop being hateful towards each other. Most humans show some love towards members of their own group (race, religion, neighbourhood etc), but it is never extended towards others. These incidents are tests from G-D for us.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • PaulC

      If you left it to Allah no one would have a problem but unfortunately too many religious fanatics consider themselves God's enforcer.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  7. steve

    Re; Duke5343 who was it at the end of the Cival War who founded the KKK it was the democrats learn your history

    August 7, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Chiniquy

      The Democratic behaviour of the 1800s is now the Republican behaviour of the 1960s – 2000s.
      The Republican behaviour of the 1860s and up until maybe the early 1900s is now the Democratic behaviour.
      Our hidden masters just playing with their Gentiles.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  8. steve

    FrankDis. sorry i have a real job and live with my wife and kids ( i didnt abort them sorry). So u say i'm not right that religion belongs in schools so what does belong in schools handguns, knifes, attacks against other stutents-teachers. Maybe if god was taught in schools we wouldnt have all this hate. Go back in your hole and sulk away like the snake u are u are probably not working and living off the govt like all liberals- and i dont believe in God i believe in Darwins theroy or dont u know what that is...

    August 7, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Satan

      god is hate!

      August 7, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • K-switch

      1. It was not YOUR choice to abort or not.
      2. Which religion should be in schools?
      3. ?????? and i dont believe in God i believe in Darwins theroy or dont u know what that is... ??????

      August 7, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Zman

      Steve...congrats! I haven't read so much malarky in so few posts in a while. Your stup1dity is only outdone by your ignorance and obvious hate toward anything outside your narrow version of 'christianity'. Just another example of 'Christian love' as expressed by Jesus? Did you really ever understand any of the concepts put forth by Christ?

      August 7, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Number4

      Religion is something man made up to control others. They say "I talk to God, therefore you must do as I say, because my word is the word of God". The clerics use your religion to bend your mind to their bidding. Break away and live free. That is true freedom.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Indy

      I think Steve makes a good case for improving the quality of education in local schools.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  9. something to0 think about

    The mainstream media loves to glorify war for whatever reason, even fed into the fires of islamophobia after the false flag attacks that we now know as 911.

    You wanna see real terrorists look in your government and in your banks.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Phil in Oregon

      The word 'terrorist' is being used more and more, for things that have nothing to do with terrorism, and is losing it's real meaning. Terrorists rule over their victims by fear of destruction or death. Corrupt corporate people and govt officials are criminals, but hardly terrorists.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  10. Bill Deacon

    It may be that this fire was racially or religiously motivated. But it seems people are jumping to conclusions. Maybe it's an insurance scam. Maybe it's just dumb kids. I'd like to see a follow up story once the investigation is complete. Until then, let's just assume it was some retarded Christians. Are ya with meh?

    August 7, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • chieftrainer

      Seems you need to take your own advice about jumping to conclusions

      August 7, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      How so? I count upwards of a dozen comments laying this at the door of Christians without a shred of evidence.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • robby

      My money's on an insurance scam.

      Once these foreigners discover the American Insurance and Legal Systems, they abuse them

      August 7, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • chieftrainer

      If you meant for your "retarded Christian" comment to be sarcasm, then I stand corrected.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • me

      Ya I'm with ya...only to cut off your nuts so you can't reproduce, you sorry excuse for a human being

      August 7, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      easy. because christians have far surpassed dumb kids in the retarded behavior department long ago..

      August 7, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  11. steve

    I hope that all the virgins in heaven for the radical islamic's are all men!!!!! Why is it that when they kill us it is for their cause but if we do something it is hatred and bigotry. Muslims have no hatred or bigotry they can kill us and we are supposed to respect them come on america wake up

    August 7, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • Duke5343

      WE should NEVER Allow any people to immegrant to USA if we CANNOT marry their women- that PROVES they wont intergrate which USA is an Intergration nation

      August 7, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • rob

      No one said when a member of their faith kills another that it isn't hate or bigotry. They themselves are calling it a religious act but to everyone else it is hate and crime.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Buchstaben

      Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo

      August 7, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Buchstaben

      Hahaha! "Intergration nation!" Thanks for the morning laugh. Why don't you "intergrate" into the world of the literate?

      August 7, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Chiniquy

      To those uninformed about the Islamic faith:
      In The Holy Qur'an can be found these names:
      G-D – 2,069 times
      Adam – 25 times
      Prophet Noah – 47 times
      Prophet Abraham – 69 times
      Prophet Lot – 28 times
      Prophet David – 16 times
      Prophet Solomon – 19 times
      Prophet Moses – 167 times
      Prophet Aaron – 24 times
      Mary the mother of Jesus – 32 times
      Jesus the son of Mary – 28 times
      Prophet Mohammed – 4 times
      Anyone who truly believes in the Lord-Creator of the Heavens and Earth should want to read this Revelation from G-D.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  12. ! ?

    For a hundred fify years or more, France, England, Russia, have been carving up and exploiting the Middle East namely in the name of wealth and empire. Since WW1, the US has been doing the same thing. This western meddling in that region has looked very much like a crusade. When the Muslims respond, people blame the Koran instead of the misdeeds of their own countries.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Russia isn't western. Nice try though.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Since the middle of the 20th Century, the American Empire has been meddling in the affairs of the middle east and South America. Grenada, Panama, Guatemala, Venezuela, Honduras, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, israel, Argentina, etc. ad nauseum.
      Unsurprisingly, a lot of people resent having the "Pax Americana" shoved down their throats – especially since it usually entails the suppression of democracy (look what happened to Aristide, for example) and the selling off of natural resources and other integral parts of state infrastructure to private, corporate interests.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • steve

      so u are saying tha islam has not done the same thing...funny they are in mali now and the far east and numerous other countries but we are the bad guys cause we want freedom. if u love it some much i'm sure that there is plenty of space in iran or irag for u to live i can pay your ticket ! ?

      August 7, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Duke5343

      THe USA Dip Stick has been a liberating nation since after the Civil war who ENDED Slavery and began a world wide crusade to end it- learn you HISTORY before speaking

      August 7, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      You want freedom?
      Guatemala, 1954 – US leads coup d'etat against democratically elected leader becuase he nationalized land used by US fruit companies. 200,000 killed
      1960 – the US tries many times to assissinate Fidel Castro. Also burns sugar fields and sabotages industrial equipment
      In 1972 in Chile, America ousted a democratically elected leader.
      1967 – Green Berets sent to Bolivia to kill Che Guevera
      1973 – US back military take over in Uruguay. Tens of thousands of citizens arrested and tortured for political crimes
      1980's – 1990's in El Salvador – America crushes popular union movements. 75,000 killed
      1984 – CIA mines three Nicaraguan harbors. Nicaragua takes this action to the World Court, which brings an $18 billion judgment against the U.S. The U.S. refuses to recognize the Court's jurisdiction in the case.
      Panama, 1989 – America ousts the Nationalist government by sending 27,000 soldiers to arrest leaders and kill 2000+
      Haiti, 2004 – The US forcibly removed the democratically elected president and occupy the country with soldiers
      2002, Venezuela – US operatives fail in their mission to remove demcratically elected leader Hugo Chavez.

      And yet at the same time as the US is ousting, exiling and/or killing democratically elected leaders, they are extending most-favored-nation trading status for China.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Duke
      What do the Philippines, India, China, Viet Nam, Indonesia and Brazil have in common?
      All nations that are known to extensively use child slave labour and yet have positive trade relations with the US.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  13. Er

    Well this is just a terrible thing. There is not need to burn down a building. Could care less what it was used for even if I don't believe in organized religion.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Agreed

      August 7, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • steve

      My guess it wasn't an atheist who burned the building down.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Truefax

      Why don't we start calling it as it is, most right wingers would be happy to burn, shoot, blow up anyone that's dark skinned, or isn't the right religion. They just keep it under wraps, truth is they show up to vote and that's what makes them dangerous.

      They represent 40% of the electorate, I wonder how long America will continue to tollerate their bs. How many more shootings/fires/fbi standoffs are we going to have to endure before we all stand up and tell them to crawl back under thier bridge.

      I for one am sick and tired of this, all the hate mongers and sociopaths that encourage this kind of behavior and then disavow it once it happens. It's time for Americans to stand up against this BS.

      Obama 2012 – Vote out the the party of hate.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  14. barbara

    Arson is arson and should be punished as such, but these people really need to think about is why they're hated so much. Could it be because they hate Americans and preach domination rather than assiminilation? Their very own religious book, the Quaran preaches kill the infidel and they wonder why people don't trust them, when the very act of gaining our trust is one of their tactics.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      How many people do you think immigrate to the US becuase they hate America?
      To reiterate my point from the prior page:
      St. Augustine's doctrine of "cognite intrare" (compel them to enter) has been used by Christians for 1500 yers to justify the forced conversion of heathers. As the Saint himself put it "The wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy. To love with sternness is better than to deceive with gentleness... In Luke 14:23 it is written: 'Compel people to come in!' By threats of the wrath of God, the Father draws souls to the Son."
      Starting with Christianity's rise at the tail end of the Roman Empire, non-christians have been put on notice: "We command that all their fanes, temples, and shrines, if even now any remain entire, shall be destroyed by the command of the magistrates, and shall be purified by the erection of th sign of the venerable Christian religion."
      – emperor Theodosius

      From the 15th to the 18th century, Augustine's statements were the cornerstone of a PR campaign in which elaborate tales of Devil Worship were concocted to justify witch hunts so they could wipe out dissent, subordinate the individual to authoritarian control, and openly denigrate women.
      Even today, groups like the Manmasi National Christian Army and the National Liberation Front of Tripura continue to spout the same argument to rationalize their murder of Hindu adults and the conversion of their children at gun point.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      Maybe the people that hate should think about why hate is bad.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • dmoney666

      It's that EXACT kind of ignorance that continues to feed this hate. You need to STOP equating peaceful people with extremists. (Disclaimer: I'm an atheist). I find it pathetic and absolutely appalling what you people in the south and mid-west are doing. You pretend to be true Christians, yet you act in pure evil time and time again. Stop acting like a group of sheep and following the hate monger preachers and politicians who are simply using you for their own ulterior motives. You whine and complain LOUDLY when someone supposedly attacks your beliefs, yet you find it completely acceptable to attack others with different beliefs. How arrogant of you. If you are TRUE Christians, you will act in peace just like your God would supposedly tell you to. Your behavior is anti-American, anti-humanitarian and just plain ugly and ignorant. WWJD? He sure as heck wouldn't be burning down or vandalizing other houses of worship.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • M

      Begin by not blaming the victim. Begin by not assuming that those who hate, have a 'good reason' to hate.
      I love America (note: not 'MURICUH!, but America.) My country is one of the best. But,
      Begin by not assuming that your country is perfect in every way – America has its flaws as well as its greatness.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @M
      Well said.
      I would also add.
      Begin by not assuming the “victim”, holds no responsibility. Being by not assuming those who ‘hate’, don’t have a good reason. To be objective one must remove ALL preconceptions, not just the ones you agree with.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • andrew.peter

      I don't understand what you intended by mentioning Luke 14:23, and adding to the text, but much of the persecution by the hands of Christians or "Christians" in the vast Western history have come from overzealous actions by individuals with power. (which is why I, as a Christian, am also wary of electing a "Fundamentalist Christian") You are correct that the writers in the Bible never command anyone to ki-ll unbelievers or destroy their stuff. However, we are to proclaim the truth of who God is, the Good News.
      Christians are not God's instruments of judgment, but grace. He is not so small that He needs us for this. Paul restates in Romans 12:19: "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.' "

      August 7, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  15. AGuest9

    Were a bunch of guys in white robes seen driving away in a pick-up truck?

    August 7, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  16. racegirl1

    Ironic when these acts of racism happen the people who insight these people slither under the rocks from where they came. Where are Faux, radio personalities and elected officials who spew this hatred after these acts occur. They do their damage and let the right wing racist crazies do their dirty work. I am glad the left wing liberals are taking the higher ground, we are an inclusive wing we accept and welcome everyone. The right wing racist crazies only want their own, so let them keep inbreeding and keep that insanity within themselves.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Islam isn’t a race.
      Just saying.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:02 am |
    • steve

      kill more babies...we complain about religios freedom in this country but we cannot even have gods own words in our schools...so where is the bigotry reguarding that. U liberals see the good in everything but u liberals are the cause of all this. Clinton had Bin Laden 6xs and let him go to do 9-11 and then u guys say it was Bush's fault.. U still blame Bush when are u going to wake up to the fact bush is not in office anymore your guy is and now all this is on HIS watch and it is all his fault not some right-wing radicals. U are the same as the Nazis start an incident and then blame someone else good job liberals way to destroy this country

      August 7, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • chieftrainer

      racegirl1, you say "I am glad the left wing liberals are taking the higher ground, we are an inclusive wing we accept and welcome everyone."

      How short is your memory? Think Chik-Fil-A.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Daremonai

      @Steve

      Wait, are you seriously saying, with a strait face, that the practice of forcing particular denominations on children using state power is 'freedom of religion'?

      I guess the irony is lost.... considering that the majority of the 'prayer in schools' cases were brought BY Christians who did not want their children having other variations of Christianity pushed on them at school....

      August 7, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • FrankDis

      thanks for the posts Steve. I'm sure you're just some dude in his parents basement, but i like using your quotes to show how ignorant and backward people on the right are. You truly are the american equivalent of the Taliban. Ignorant, intolerant, blindly following what ever your religious elders tell you to say and do, Claiming anyone who disagrees with you is a liberal and guilty of murder.
      Jesus wouldn't do that....

      August 7, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @steve
      And which of the gods should we choose to quote? Yours is not the only one and not everyone follows him. THAT is religious freedom you simpleton.

      @chieftrainer
      They burned down a Chick-Fil-A?
      Free speech and the right to protest goes BOTH ways.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • chieftrainer

      @Tom
      I am not comparing the burning of the mosque with the liberal's intolerance of Chik-Fil-A. I am merely pointing out the hypocrisy of racegirl1.

      August 7, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  17. MeinNJ

    My husband had the good sense to leave that state of Misery as soon as he turned 18. One of the most backassward states in the country.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • chieftrainer

      NJ is better?

      August 7, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Number4

      I lived there for several years and I wish I could forget them.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  18. sybaris

    Let's see, a mosque is burned down in a country where +75% claim to be christian.

    I'm guessing a muslim didn't burn it down.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Obviously.
      Muslims b0mb not burn.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • steve

      nice assumtion. Remember the Nazis did the same thing to start the war with Poland. Start an incident then take over the country. Keep it up liberals we will all be like europe some day and u guys can sit on your lazy butts not working and collect all the govt money for nothing. and while you are at it Kill Some More Babies by abortion...Why is it u believe in abortion but if a baby is killed in the womb u charge a murder charge. All u liberals are guilty of MURDER

      August 7, 2012 at 9:20 am |
  19. Gnormie

    good

    August 7, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Satan

      I'll be seeing you down the line...

      August 7, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  20. Portland tony

    Why not install fire retardant building materials and an overhead sprinkler system. Their reduced insurance costs would pay for them in a year?

    August 7, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Such things won't help against a determined arsonist.
      Too bad there's no Racist Retardant to keep away retarded racists.

      August 7, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Mirosal

      isn't "retarded racist" a redundancy? lol

      August 7, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • racegirl1

      They should not have to, all people should be able to worship as they wish. NO ONE have a right to burn down a holy place because they happen to disagree with their religion. Justice may come to these people when they close their eyes from this place and the very people they hate are the people they have to spend an eternity with on the other side, 🙂

      August 7, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • steve

      cause Muslims dont like water. just like rats done like water

      August 7, 2012 at 9:21 am |
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