Fire at Tennessee mosque project

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Fire at Tennessee mosque project
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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 4:39pm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-08-30-tennessee-mosque-fire_N.htm

Fire at Tennessee mosque project troubles city

Updated 3d 7h ago |

By Bob Smietana The (Nashville) Tennessean

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Mark West believes in freedom of religion.

That belief brought West out Monday night to a candlelight vigil in support of local Muslims in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse.

It also inspired the life-long Baptist to make a donation to the building fund for a new mosque in Murfreesboro.

"I'm going down to Islamic Center of Nashville tomorrow and make a $100 donation," West said. "One hundred bucks is hard to come by these days, but it's a statement."

West was among about 150 people to attend the vigil, organized in response to the recent fire at the construction site for the new mosque. Many in the crowd held candles or signs proclaiming such messages as "We're all in this together" and "My God is not a bigot."

The gathering came two days after a fire of suspicious origin damaged construction equipment at the site of a planned mosque near Murfreesboro. Police say four pieces of equipment were doused with an accelerant and one set ablaze early Saturday.

Federal authorities continue to investigate Saturday's fire, said Eric Kehn, spokesman for the Nashville office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They have yet to rule that the fire was arson.

Joel Siskovic of the FBI's Memphis office, said the bureau is investigating the fire in case it is a civil rights violation.

Just outside the vigil, a small group protested the mosque.

Collier Hopson drove his pickup to the vigil. In the back was a plywood sign bearing the spray-painted words "No Mosque."

He said mosques should be banned. "I don't support their beliefs," Hopson said. " No one wants them here." Standing in front of the pickup, Kimberly Kelly agreed. She said she is afraid of Muslims and that the violence from Iraq and other countries could come to Murfreesboro."

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 4:57pm

WOW. I find it entertaining that the woman quoted in the article says she's "scared" of muslims...yet these very muslims

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 5:23pm

I was just aghast at that woman, and that others feel this way, too. :((( It was also heart-warming to see the others coming out in support of the project and the Muslim religious community, too. There is hope for our species! I pray for that! That we as a species can evolve beyond unreasoning fear and hatred.



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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 6:48pm
It was also heart-warming to see the others coming out in support of the project and the Muslim religious community, too.



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Sat, 09-04-2010 - 10:43pm

It is heart warming to see those supporting the Muslims in the area.

However, none of this surprises me as I've heard (and read) some stuff from right wing media that is absolutely disgusting. It is no wonder so many people have been brainwashed.

I totally support them building a mosque.

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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 1:13pm
I really do have a terribly hard time liking my state. :-/



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Tue, 09-07-2010 - 3:05pm

DH does a lot of business with companies in TN and GA, and some of the guys he talks to are unbelievably backward. They refer to Obama as "the n* in office", and if that's how they talk to some random Canadian guy, I can just imagine what they say among themselves.

It's disgusting.

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