Feds Investigate Arson At Future Mosque Site - Nashville News Story - WSMV Nashville:
"A piece of construction equipment was set on fire Friday night while others were drenched in gasoline.See the WSMV site for more incidents and video. Whatever the motivation, I call it a crime. At a stretch, the burning bulldozers could be a copycating attempt inspired by a new scene in the movie Avatar. Even if this is so it does not make James Cameron an accessory.
According to the Daily News Journal, Islamic Center officials said it appeared the arsonist was scared off during the act, and fled the scene before more damage was done.
Police are investigating to see if it's a hate crime. Back in June, someone beat and broke the sign at the future site off of Veals Road.
Previous to that, someone spray painted the words 'Not Welcome' on the sign.
Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom will hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Rutherford County courthouse on Monday at 7 p.m."
Right now, there is not enough reported evidence to draw any conclusion of who is behind these illegal acts of private property destruction. Hundreds of miles away in Marietta, GA, an arrest has been made in a Mosque arson there.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Officials say a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with setting fire to a Marietta mosque he had attended.
Tamsir Lucien Mendy
Marietta fire marshal Scott Tucker said Thursday that Tamsir Mendy was arrested Wednesday night and charged with first degree arson at the mosque, which caught fire Monday night. Tucker says Mendy is being held without bond.
Tucker says Mendy describes himself as a devout Muslim who had attended the mosque. Tucker didn't characterize a motive but says it doesn't appear to be a hate crime.
Tucker says the arrest is "a bit of a surprise" to members of the mosque, who had expressed concern that the fire might be hate crime.
Tucker said earlier that the fire did about $100,000 worth of damage.Video at the 11Alive.Com story link. Arson by devout Muslims against Mosques they attended is not unheard of in the Southern USA.
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