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.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

Of course it was a hate crime. Moore obviously hated the mosque, otherwise he wouldn't have set fire to it. Which just goes to show how silly a concept "hate crime" really is.

Gary Fouse said...

Don't forget the possibility of a hoax. We are seeing a lot of it.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

You mean he didn't really set the fire?

He's being framed?

Or he was only pretending?

Gary Fouse said...

C'mon, Siarlys. Hoax means that he set the fire to stage a hate crime scenario. The only other possibility is that he had a quarrel with somebody like the head imam.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Now you are being precise. How many such hoaxes have you seen? I haven't seen "a lot," or even 1 or three, in the daily press.