Jul 8 2010
The fire broke out late Monday night at the Islamic Center of Marietta. “It likely was intentionally set,” said Marietta Fire Marshal.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Hamas-affiliated group known as CAIR, said there’s a “vocal minority in our society promoting anti-Muslim bigotry.” (Um, no, it is Muslims themselves who are inspiring anti-Muslim backlash)
“Given the recent wave of incidents targeting American mosques, a possible bias motive for this apparent arson attack must be considered,” Hooper said. (Here we go again…HATE CRIME!)
Firefighters were able to save the structure, but the prayer hall sustained a lot of damage. Mosque members had locked up the building less than an hour before the fire started.
A few years ago, Tucker said, an arsonist targeted an adjacent building belonging to the mosque. Tucker said an arrest was made in that fire, though he could not provide further details.
Fire investigators spent Tuesday morning combing the building for evidence and interviewing mosque members. (It is not unusual for Muslims to perpetrate these kinds of victimless crimes against mosques to elicit sympathy from the community)
Later Tuesday, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee released a statement of solidarity with the mosque. “If this proves to be an act motivated by hatred against the Muslim community in Marietta, we unequivocally condemn this action and call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators,” the statement reads. “In Atlanta, we strive to promote respect for all religions, and this is a direct attack on that ideal.” (Of course it would be a fricken liberal POS Jew who couldn’t resist speaking out on behalf of the same people who want to kill him. SHEEEESH!) AJC
A MUSLIM HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SETTING THE FIRE. And now officials are ruling out the possibility it was a hate crime.
Of course, only Christians commit hate crimes.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AJC
A member of the Muslim community is suspected of setting the fire that occurred at a Marietta mosque Monday night, Marietta fire officials said Thursday. Tamsir Mendy, 26, a native of Gambia, has been charged with 1st degree arson and is being held without bail at the Cobb County detention center, said Scott Tucker, Marietta assistant fire chief.
Firefighters got the call about 11:30 p.m. Monday night that the Islamic Center of Marietta (Masjid Al-Hedaya) was on fire. When they arrived at the mosque at 968 Powder Springs St., flames were coming from the front and back of the converted house. Firefighters saved the structure, but damages to the facility are estimated at about $100,000, Tucker said.
Mosque leaders said Mendy, who describes himself as a “devout Muslim,” had attended their prayer services for a few weeks, Tucker said.
Mendy was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Marietta Fire Department headquarters. He is believed to have acted alone, Tucker said. Officials have ruled out the possibility that the arson was a hate crime, and did not provide details on any possible motives for the fire. H/T i4ni