Suspect in Mosque Burning “Hate Crime” Is Reportedly Muslim

920x920The fire on Christmas Day at a Houston mosque attracted national attention as the latest hate crime directed against Muslims. However, police yesterday arrested the man allegedly responsible and it turns out to be a regular at the mosque, Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, of Houston.

Police say that Moore told investigators he has attended the mosque for five years, coming five times per day to pray seven days per week. While he claimed to be the last to leave the mosque at 2 p.m., he said that there was no smoke or fire.

MJ Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, said he was unfamiliar with Moore.

We have often discussed the concerns over hate crimes in term of free speech and due process as well as its effectiveness. However, what if the mosque was torched by a Muslim. Is it still a hate crime or just a hoax?

Texas defines a hate crime as as crimes that are motivated by prejudice, hatred, or advocacy of violence. If it is true that the fire was set by a Muslim to appear like a hate crime, is it just arson?

Source: Chronicle

79 thoughts on “Suspect in Mosque Burning “Hate Crime” Is Reportedly Muslim”

  1. bam bam
    1, December 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    A Las Vegas mosque has reported that someone had placed raw bacon around the mosque’s door handles.
    The HUMANITY!
    The all-too-frequent beheadings, rapes, torture, beatings, kidnappings, murders–mehhhh.
    Some uncooked meat–bring out the cowboys.
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    bambam, are you saying that the people at the mosque committed frequent beheadings, rapes tortures, beatings, kidnappings…etc?
    Are you saying that because they did all of the above, they can’t complain about bacon wrapped on their doors? I agree with you if that is the case…

    Now I know that my Jew cousins don’t deal with bacon, at all. I wonder how they would enjoy a pig’s head thrown at their door…would that constitute a hate crime? Would grabbing a Hasidic and cutting off his beard constitute hate crime?

    The ironic thing is that as islamophobia rises, so does antisemitism…so, the hatred you help spew, friends, will come back to you…always…enjoy then 🙂

    Funny thing is that only white people argue against the prosecution of hate crimes…why? WHite privilege obviously…when you are not targeted because of your ethnicity, you don’t know how it feels a mile in someone else’s shoes…and yet white men commit mot hate crimes.

  2. KCFleming
    1, December 31, 2015 at 10:05 am
    “We missed your valuable insight yesterday when we debated the Israel post ”

    Meh.
    If Muslims can go one month without a terrorist attack, get back to me.
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    If your understand your logic (lack of), KFC, you fly across the globe picking up every instance of Muslim on Muslim crime and using on your tally of “terrorism”?
    According to that standard, every crime committed against white people by white people every day is an example of a terrorist attack?
    Perhaps we ought to also count every Palestinian killed or maimed every day?

    The logic of the imbeciles…one hate crime to have been found not a hate crime causes us to believe no such thing as hate cries exists? Tell that to teh Sikh who get mistaken with Muslims and get their heads bashed in…
    That’s exactly what the KKK argue…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/all-the-islamophobic-acts-in-us-canada-since-paris_564cee09e4b031745cef9dda

  3. Arson is the foundation charge but there is an element of screaming fire in a crowded theatre here as well. Personally, I would tack on some sort of charge attributed to terrorism, inciting a riot, or something like that. This is a good one for the legal system to create a tag.

  4. The FBI is offering a $5000 reward to help solve this problem:

    Are you ready? Sitting down?

    A Las Vegas mosque has reported that someone had placed raw bacon around the mosque’s door handles.

    The HUMANITY!

    The all-too-frequent beheadings, rapes, torture, beatings, kidnappings, murders–mehhhh.

    Some uncooked meat–bring out the cowboys.

  5. I agree that hate crime laws cause unequal application of the law. And they are also subjectively applied. White on black hate crimes are often prosecuted where the difference in race is presented as evidence, while black on white hate crimes are often ignored.

    I am content with laws against domestic terrorism, which would apply to the KKK, for instance, trying to terrorize an entire race.

    I also oppose stiffer sentencing for firearm murders. It seems unfair that the family of a victim who was brutally killed with a blunt object would see a lesser sentence as justice than one who was killed with a firearm. Dead is dead. The sentence should reflect the brutality of the crime. The type of tool used should only be relevant in determining the suffering of the victim. There are already laws that would be applied if the firearm was obtained illegally.

    I agree with KC that if the hate crime law is applied, it should be applied to Moore as a hate crime against non-Muslims. He was clearly targeting them and trying to incite hatred and unrest.

    If you do not apply hate crime laws equally, then they are unlawful.

    I have another question. How was Moore able to attend the mosque 5 times a day for prayers, 7 days a week? Was he not working? What job did he have that enabled him to go to this building 5 times a day? Is that why he came up with this hoax? He was bored and wanted attention? He looks like a young man who should be contributing to society.

  6. It is not just arson. It was a hoax, filing a false police report, and an attempt to blame non-Muslims.

    Is this a thing now? If there aren’t enough hate crimes to satisfy the divisive meme, people just make up their own hate crimes?

  7. I am against hate crimes in general. However, I do not think they should let him out until he pays for the damage to the mosque.

  8. Lisa, As I said to KCF, I understand and respect your positions. We both want the same outcome, the repeal of unconstitutional laws.

  9. Is Sharia Law our future? Check out House Resolution 569:

    H. RES. 569

    Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.
    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    December 17, 2015

    Mr. Beyer (for himself, Mr. Honda, Mr. Ellison, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Carson of Indiana, Ms. Norton, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Kaptur, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Kildee, Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Peters, Mr. Ashford, Mr. Grayson, Mr. Takai, Mr. Higgins, Mr. Keating, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Butterfield, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Gallego, Mrs. Bustos, Mr. Delaney, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Gutiérrez, Mr. Quigley, Ms. Esty, Mr. Kennedy, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Meng, Mr. Al Green of Texas, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Farr, Mr. Pallone, Mr. McDermott, Ms. Lee, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Sires, Ms. DelBene, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Polis, Mr. Loebsack, Mr. Pascrell, Mrs. Dingell, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Hinojosa, Mr. Yarmuth, Ms. Tsongas, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Takano, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Van Hollen, Mrs. Capps, Mr. Price of North Carolina, Ms. Matsui, Ms. Moore, and Mr. Heck of Washington) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
    RESOLUTION

    Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.

    Whereas the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes and rhetoric have faced physical, verbal, and emotional abuse because they were Muslim or believed to be Muslim;

    Whereas the constitutional right to freedom of religious practice is a cherished United States value and violence or hate speech towards any United States community based on faith is in contravention of the Nation’s founding principles;

    Whereas there are millions of Muslims in the United States, a community made up of many diverse beliefs and cultures, and both immigrants and native-born citizens;

    Whereas this Muslim community is recognized as having made innumerable contributions to the cultural and economic fabric and well-being of United States society;

    Whereas hateful and intolerant acts against Muslims are contrary to the United States values of acceptance, welcoming, and fellowship with those of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures;

    Whereas these acts affect not only the individual victims but also their families, communities, and the entire group whose faith or beliefs were the motivation for the act;

    Whereas Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing have been disproportionately targeted because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances; and

    Whereas the rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance plays into the false narrative spread by terrorist groups of Western hatred of Islam, and can encourage certain individuals to react in extreme and violent ways: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

    (1) expresses its condolences for the victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes;

    (2) steadfastly confirms its dedication to the rights and dignity of all its citizens of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures;

    (3) denounces in the strongest terms the increase of hate speech, intimidation, violence, vandalism, arson, and other hate crimes targeted against mosques, Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim;

    (4) recognizes that the United States Muslim community has made countless positive contributions to United States society;

    (5) declares that the civil rights and civil liberties of all United States citizens, including Muslims in the United States, should be protected and preserved;

    (6) urges local and Federal law enforcement authorities to work to prevent hate crimes; and to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law those perpetrators of hate crimes; and

    (7) reaffirms the inalienable right of every citizen to live without fear and intimidation, and to practice their freedom of faith.

  10. Nick,
    My point being, he won’t be charged with a hate crime. That charge is unconstitutional, as only whites get charged with it.

    It doesn’t matter though, taking the high road is what they hope for and why I have become more of a rebel in regards to things like this. I’ve adopted liberals playbook on combativeness on these issues. 🙂

  11. There should be no such statute as a hate crime. Charge the person with the crime committed. We do not (or at least should not) have thought police in this country. Punish the actions of the criminals whatever their motivations.

  12. KCF, I understand your reasoning and your anger. I just see this as a good opportunity as a test case to finally rid us of unconstitutional hate crime laws.

  13. “We missed your valuable insight yesterday when we debated the Israel post

    Meh.
    If Muslims can go one month without a terrorist attack, get back to me.

    Weekly Jihad Report
    Dec 19 – Dec 25 2015
    Jihad Attacks: 47
    Allah Akbars*: 8 (Suicide Attacks)
    Dead Bodies: 224
    Critically Injured: 273

  14. Lisa, I prefer to take a righteous stand and use cases like this to make the case that hate crime laws are unconstitutional. Just charge him w/ arson and use this as Exhibit 8755 of fraudulent hate crimes.

  15. “Texas defines a hate crime as as crimes that are motivated by prejudice, hatred, or advocacy of violence. If it is true that the fire was set by a Muslim to appear like a hate crime, is it just arson?”

    He should be charged with a hate crime, hating on whomever (most likely some white guy) would have been a suspect and his face all over the news in this case. Which I’m sure was his hope.

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