Shocking Religious Hate Crimes In NYC: Islamic And Hindu Centers Firebombed
In what amounts to a horrible way to bring in the new year, four molotov cocktails were thrown in Queens, New York on Sunday night. The targets of these fire bombing attacks were a mosque and a Hindu place of worship. No one was killed in any of the explosions, but damage was done and a clear message of hatred was sent.
The mosque – that is, the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation to be exact – suffered minimal structural damage. However, there were about 80 worshipers inside when the blast occurred. The foundation also includes a fully accredited school which will resume today.
The first of the four attacks occurred at a bodega, when the explosive was thrown at a front counter in the store. Later, a house was badly damaged when the Molotov was thrown through the window. It took 65 firefighters 45 minutes to gain control of the flames, and the bombing itself was caught on tape.
After the attack at the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, two homemade explosives were thrown through the windows of another house, which local authorities say is used as a place of Hindu worship. Neither of these explosives actually ignited.
While law enforcement works to bring those responsible to justice, Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement:
“The four reported attacks on Sunday night go against everything we stand for as New Yorkers and Americans. Attacks such as this have no place in our open and inclusive society.”
A spokesman for the advocacy group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) has asked that the FBI investigate threats made on “Bare Naked Islam” an anti-Islam blog which included a call for supporters to “throw 10 Molotov cocktails” into mosques.
Of course, anti-Islam sentiment has been widespread and well-documented since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Also, there was quite a bit of controversy over plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero, where those attacks took place. These attacks seem to be backlash from one or both of these events, but let’s put it all into perspective.
Those responsible for the 9/11 attacks are extremists (which exist within every religion or walk of life the world has ever known) who are hateful toward other groups of people. If those responsible for these firebombings have done so in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks, they have proven that they are no better than the guilty party. Terrorizing innocent people is wrong and inexcusable, regardless of who engages in it and what point they plan to prove by doing so.
Assistant Imam Maan Al-Sahlani said it best:
“This is America, and we must continue to love one another.”
Source: Emirates 24/7