Sunday, December 28, 2014

A surprising amount of “Islamophobic” hate crimes, particularly those involving mosque vandalism, turn out to have been committed by Muslims

Recently the media was trumpeting the latest Islamophobic hate crime. Even the FBI got involved. Fresno police said that a lone suspect vandalized the Islamic Cultural Center in Northeast Fresno on Christmas morning 2014. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said that it was clear that the incident was a hate crime which is why the FBI was also investigating this case. The man who vandalized the Islamic Cultural Center on Christmas Day also vandalized and burglarized a business about two miles away because he thought he was getting back at the family of a girl who he believed had been disrespectful and bullied him, police said. Asif Mohammad Khan, 28, who is Muslim, was arrested the day of the burglaries and vandalism at the Fresno Digestive Center, 7405 N. Fresno Street, and the Islamic Cultural Center near Nees and Maple avenues. Dyer said that in the days before the vandalism, Khan had posted on social media that Osama bin Laden was the “most inspirational person in his life.” He said Khan also made references to Adolf Hitler. Khan’s sister, Samia Khan, said that her brother is a devout Muslim. He prays five times a day, but attends Friday prayers in a different mosque. If this was a hate crime then it was a Muslim-on-Muslim one.

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