JOPLIN, Mo. — Investigators say it will take a few days to determine if the fire that destroyed a southwest Missouri mosque was arson.To which commenters replied:
Michael Kaste, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Kansas City office, said Monday that the agency is taking the investigation into the fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin very seriously. He says the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms together have about 30 investigators working to determine the cause.
No injuries were reported.
Jasper County officials say patrols at the mosque had been stepped up since a July 4 fire at the mosque was determined to be arson. The FBI has released a video of a man appearing to set the July 4 fire and is offering a $15,000 reward in that case.
President Obama said that it is time for soul searching. He said we as a people need to come together and find ways to stop the hate and violence. It may have been a bullet who killed those innocent people at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, and Wisconsin, but it was hatred and disregard for human life that for the most part drove the killers to pull the triggers.B-b-b-b-but if politicians start doing that, how will the Republicans win any elections?
We need to end hate in this country. It starts by ending the hatred and disrespect shown for our President. It starts by respecting the right of Americans to worship who and how they choose, and to respect all houses of worship.
It is time for politicians to speak out strongly and unambiguously when other politicians engage in hate talk whether it is against Muslims, immigrants, or questioning the citizenship and religion of our African American President. Bishops, pastors, and other religious leaders have been too silent for too long about hate-talk. It is time for them to speak up.
~ Robert Bowen, "What causes hate crimes and are politicians responsible for inciting violence?"