Fire at Site of Future Tenn. Mosque Troubles City

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - A suspicious fire that damaged construction equipment at the site of a future mosque in Tennessee has some local Muslims worried they are being dragged into the debate over a proposed Islamic community center near Manhattan's ground zero.

Police say four pieces of equipment at the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro were doused with an accelerant and one set ablaze early Saturday morning.

The site is now being patrolled at all hours by the sheriff's department.

One of the Muslim leaders of the project said he has lived in the area for almost 30 years and never had trouble because of his faith, even after 9/11.

Essam Fathy believes the fire could be the work of people outside the community.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Rev Ronnie Location: Lillington NC on Aug 31, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    If this news media, doesn't post my comment. Then they need to stifle all anti-Christian attack comments also. Gotta be non discriminate. If we can't speak the truth of islam's evil. Neither can you, in America, neither can you post comments, against Christianity. Which all the medias do daily. Preacher of Truth
  • by Rev Ronnie Location: Lillington NC on Aug 31, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    islam is not a religion. It's a vicious godless cult, of one heathen pedofile named mohamed. That godless cult, teaches and carries out massive pillaging, murder, unmerciful multiple death and destruction, since it's birth, till now. And will continue to. So NO, hell NO. Tennessee, a Christian state of United States. Should not allow such evil. To built a place of cult worship in it's midst. That godless mosque, will only be a training center for terrorists to spread their damnable pillaging and murder. Throughout Tennessee first, then expand to other areas of the United States. damn islam and their godless cultist followers. preacher of truth
  • by Juan Location: Hammond, IN (Chicago, IL) on Aug 31, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    It is very sad to hear that we can not accept different view and religions. When will we be able to treat people with respect and accept peope as one of our family regardless of their faith. No one is better than anyone else. Hatred is never the answer. In Gassho, Namu Amida Butsu. (Pure Land Tradition of Buddhism)
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