Arsonist Burns Landmark Toledo, OH Mosque

If you’ve ever driven north on I-75 into the Toledo area, you’ve surely seen the magnificent white building seemingly arising out of the farmland at the juncture with I-475. It’s not just a gorgeous mosque, it’s one of the landmark buildings in the Toledo area. It’s just as much a part of the city as the Jeep factories or the water.

And some asshole set it on fire on September 30, another in the series of arsons targeting Muslim houses of worship this year.

“We’re actually reeling in disbelief,” Dr. Mahjabeen Islam, president of the Islamic Center of Toledo in Ohio, told Hatewatch today in describing the devastation caused by a fire deliberately set in the mosque’s prayer area on Sunday afternoon, just minutes after worshippers had left the building.

“This is a hate crime and it’s very significant it was started in the center of the prayer area, right under the dome,” said Islam. The mosque she heads is the third largest in the United States, a 70,000-square foot landmark, visible for miles, with 3,000 members who will celebrate the center’s 32nd anniversary on Friday.

The fire and water damage from sprinklers touched every room in the Islamic Center, causing an estimated $1 million to $1.5 million in damages. Repairs will take an estimated six months.

A suspect in the arson, whose image was captured on surveillance cameras, was arrested Tuesday in neighboring Indiana. On Wednesday, Randy T. Linn, a 52-year-old truck driver from St. Joe, Ind., was charged in Perrysburg, Ohio, Municipal Court with two counts of aggravated arson, aggravated burglary, and carrying a concealed weapon, the Toledo Blade reported in today’s editions.

I know all these hate crimes are senseless. But this one hits home. I don’t care what faith–or no faith–you are: this is one of those religious buildings that inspires awe. And to try to intimidate the people who built such a monument is just vile.

Update: DOJ just charged Linn with Federal hate crimes.

(Mosque image by Jerry under Create Commons usage)

 

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+12Email to someone

16 Responses to Arsonist Burns Landmark Toledo, OH Mosque

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @Nolan You tend to agree that 10-4-10ers get a big bonus in the pub quiz? @adambonin @DarcyBurner @ddayen @ravenb
19mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @mmasnick Shit. I owe YOU the beer then.
34mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @mmasnick I was actually hoping certain "call" providers would have done that before passage of USAF. They didn't.
34mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @mmasnick Jinx you owe me a beer.
35mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @konklone A new kind of canary... @letsencrypt
35mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @LemonSlayerUS Extra credit if there's a secret prison there. cc: @jeremyscahill
36mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @radicalmandy Cmon, you have to make it easy for complete strangers to impose their gender norms on your infant. It's your duty as a parent.
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @pwnallthethings Oops. There you go again, telling me what I'm talking about and getting it wrong! @electrospaces
1hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @20newsguy: So I invested in some stocks for my kids and boy are they gonna be fixed for life http://t.co/534mNIovvo
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @pwnallthethings Nope. Please don't tell me what I think, especially when you're not aware of officially released docs @electrospaces
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @electrospaces And in at least one case where they've been found in violation, everything got destroyed w/o explanation @pwnallthethings
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @electrospaces I don't know whether they do or not. No one does. It's not checked. @pwnallthethings
1hreplyretweetfavorite
October 2012
S M T W T F S
« Sep   Nov »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031