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-Oregon Bomb Suspect’s Mosque Set on Fire

by Dr. D ~ November 29th, 2010

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This act should be condemned by all, particularly Christians. Sometime early Sunday morning a fire was started at the Salman AlFarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

This was the mosque where Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the suspect who attempted to bomb a Portland tree-lighting ceremony on Friday night, was a member and occasionally attended.

The Corvallis Fire Department has confirmed that the fire appears to have been intentionally set in the office of the mosque.The FBI are proceeding under the assumption that the fire was started in retaliation for the bombing attempt in Portland. They are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for an apparent attack.

Arthur Balizan, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon said on Sunday:

"We have made it quite clear that the FBI will not tolerate any kind of retribution or attack on the Muslim community. We are working very closely with the leadership at the mosque. We will find the person responsible for this attack and bring the full force of the federal justice system to bear."

Yosof Wanly, the center’s imam has some concerns about further retaliation against the Muslim community. He even talked about temporarily relocating his own family:

"We know how it is, we know some people due to ignorance are going to perceive of these things and hold most Muslims accountable.

"The common scene here is to be very friendly, accepting various cultures and religions. The Islamic center has been here for 40 years, it’s more American than most Americans with regards to age."

Response: I call on all Christian pastors and leaders to condemn this act and person or Persons who attempted to burn down this mosque. It is totally unacceptable, un-American, and un-Christian. 

American Muslims should not be afraid in their own country. Christian leaders need to make this very plain to all of their followers. An assault on one religion is an assault on all. Our very freedoms are being challenged- the freedom of religion for all faiths in America.

We need to reach out with love and concern to the Muslim community and show our support during this time of need and uncertainty.            *Top of the Blog

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