Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The Houston Mosque Fire: Not a Hate Crime
Gary Nathaniel Moore
On Christmas Day, a mosque located in a Houston shopping center was set afire after Friday prayers. Investigators quickly concluded that it was arson based on the fact there were several points of origin inside the mosque. CAIR in Houston and the media quickly assumed it was a hate crime.
At the time, I decided to hold off comment. If I am sure a hate crime has been committed, it is my practice to condemn it as I would in this case. No matter what else is happening in the world, it is no excuse to attack mosques in our country.
Yet past experience told me that these apparent hate crimes sometimes turn out to be something else-sometimes a hoax.
Now an arrest has been made. The suspect is 37-year-old Gary Nathaniel Moore, a Muslim who has been a member of the mosque. As yet, his exact motive is not clear, and I will continue to follow this story. One thing is pretty clear: This was not a hate crime. (See TV news video of the below report.)
The unanswered question at this point was whether Moore had a grudge against the mosque or whether it was a hoax that may involve others.