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ATF Arrests Man Accused of Setting Fire to Houston Mosque on Christmas Day

Gary Nathaniel Moore

Gary Nathaniel Moore

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities arrested a man accused of setting a Houston mosque on fire on Christmas Day, Houston Public Media reports. 

ATF isn’t sure what motivated Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, to commit arson at the mosque.

Moore told authorities that he worshipped at the mosque.

At this time, there is no evidence of a hate crime, authorities said.

Moore was charged with one felony count of arson at a place of worship.

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Blaze That Tore Through Mosque in Houston Was Intentionally Set, Officials Said

Detroit fire lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Christmas Day fire at a mosque in Texas was intentionally set, investigators told The Source.

The two-alarm blaze tore the Savory Mosque in Houston at 2:45 p.m., causing significant damage.

No injuries were reported because about 200 people left the mosque about an hour before the arson fire.

The investigation is being handled by the ATF, FBI and Houston police.

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NYPD Labels Entire Mosques As Terror Groups to Investigate Them and Their Followers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The New York Police Department has identified entire mosques as terrorism organizations, allowing police to record sermons, spy on imams and use surveillance on those who attend prayer service, CBS News reports.

Although the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization, local police have launched at least a dozen so-called “terrorism enterprise investigations” targeting mosques, according to CBS News.

Documents obtained by CBS News show that many innocent New York Muslims were investigated and their names added to a secret police file.

By contrast, the FBI has not opened an enterprise investigation on a New York City mosque, CBS reports.

Islamic Group Urges Investigation of Pig Feet Found at Site of Proposed Mosque

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 An Islamic organization in Southern California is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate a case in which three pigs legs were strewn on a site of a proposed mosque last week during the Muslim holy month of of Ramadan, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pigs are offensive to Muslims because they believe the animal is unclean.

Construction of the proposed Al-Nur Islamic Center was approved last year by San Bernardino County officials said.

“This has shaken up the community a bit, but they’re trying not to let it deter them,” Munira Sayed, spokeswoman for the group’s L.A. chapter, to the LA Times.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

Fears Raised Among Faith Community After Two Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Concerned about copycat attacks, the Department of Homeland Security is urging suburban mosques to be extra vigilant for suspicious people, the Daily Herald reports.

The call comes in response to the weekend shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people and the arson of a mosque in Joplin, Mo. on Monday.

Some faith-based communities are hiring retired police for security, the Daily Herald reported.

“I don’t know if there’s any link between the two incidents,” said Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “Muslim and Sikh, and faith communities in general should be more vigilant and they should take precautions in identifying any suspicious individuals. Always when you have incidents like this, especially when you have a heightened atmosphere of Islamophobia, there is a concern of copycats.”

Texas Man Indicted on Bomb Threat at Mosque

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Texas man was indicted by a federal grand jury late last week on charges he violated the civil rights of Muslims when he threatened to blow up the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Tennessee, according to DNJ.com.

Javier Alan Correa, 24, is accused of leaving an expletive-laced voice mail at the mosque, threatening to blow up the building with a bomb.

Correa faces 10 years in prison on one count of intentionally obstructing by threat of force the free exercise of religious beliefs and one count of using an instrument of interstate commerce to communicate a threat to destroy a building by means of an explosive device.

According to authorities, Correa left the message, “On Sept. 11, 2011, there’s going to be a bomb in the building.”

Feds Join Investigation of Vegas Mosque Fire

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities have joined in on an investigation into a fire at the construction site of a cemetery and funeral home intended to serve the Islamic community in Las Vegas, reports the Las Vegas Sun. But the leader of the Islamic Society of Nevada does not believe the fire was the result of a hate crime.

“I don’t think it was a hate crime,” said Khalid Khan, president of the society. “It’s my opinion.”

The fire occurred at 1 am on Wednesday, bringing a two-alarm response from the county fire department, according to the Sun.

The investigation team–consisting of the local fire department, the city police, the FBI and the ATF–has not yet determined a cause for the fire.

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Feds Charge “Christian Warrior” With Firebombing Oregon Mosque

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

There’s no shortage of hate. Take Cody Crawford, a self described Christian warrior.

The 24-year-old Oregon man has been charged with a hate crime for a November firebombing of a Mosque in Corvallis, Ore., the Associated Press reports.

Authorities allege that Crawford is a “potential major contributor” of DNA to a blue Maglite agents found near the mosque the morning of the firebombing, according to AP. The indictment out of Eugene, Ore. was announced on Thursday.

Crawford, a self-described Christian warrior, told an officer on his Dec. 14 arrest (for unrelated charges), “You look like Obama. You are a Muslim like him. Jihad goes both ways. Christians can jihad too.”

Authorities say the Agents believe the attack may have been in retaliation to a foiled bomb plot by a Muslim at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland.

Crawford has a history of trouble with the law. The December arrest was related to a ruckus he had caused at a gas station and then a Blockbuster store 40 miles from Corvallis, AP reported.

“Freedom of religion is essential to who we are as Americans,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Dwight C. Holton, in the FBI press release. “We will not tolerate attacks based on faith.”

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