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Mosque graffiti vandalism in California: “We will kill you all”

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

A good gauge of the success of President Obama’s Cairo speech is what sort of people hated it. Al Qaeda was freaked out, as were the Islamophobe industry here in the US (and that’s not the first time, nor the last, that those two groups are on the same wavelength). The speech certainly drove fear into the heart of anyone with hate and prejudice in their heart against muslims and Islam. case in point – in the wee hours of the morning Thursday, a mosque in southern California was vandalized:

A Southern California mosque was vandalized with graffiti including expletives and threats early Thursday, shortly after President Barack Obama’s address in Egypt to the Muslim world.

A police officer on patrol at 4 a.m. spotted the hate messages painted on the front wall of the Islamic Center of Cypress, said Sgt. Tom Bruce. The paint was still wet, he said.

Rusty Kennedy, executive director of the Orange County Human Relations Commission, said the graffiti was about 4 feet or 5 feet tall and spread over up to 30 feet of the wall.

In an e-mail to Muslim-American community leaders, Kennedy reported that the graffiti read in part: “We will kill you all” and “U.S. military is going to kill you all.”

Police said there were no witnesses and the incident was not caught on surveillance video.

The graffiti was quickly removed or covered over. By afternoon, a patch of fresh white paint covered a large area on the single-story, stucco building, which faces a Korean Lutheran church and strip mall on a busy residential street.

A handful of men gathered in the mosque’s office and several prayed quietly.

Kennedy said it was likely the graffiti was prompted by Obama’s outreach to the Middle East. The vandalism occurred about an hour after Obama’s speech at Cairo University in Egypt aired live on the West Coast.

“I think that in the realm of hate crime you see there is often a reactionary element to it, so the Obama initiative … may very well have been what triggered this hate crime,” he said.

The mosque’s imam was less willing to blame Obama’s speech, but as with the case of the Obsession DVD mailing/Ohio mosque attack prior to the election last November, it’s reasonably certain that the speech was the causal factor (unless the level of hate for muslims is so high that these things happen spontaneously, something I’m reluctant to accept).

This sort of thing is exactly why I have argued that muslim and jewish civil rights group should coordinate to keep track of hate crimes against both communities. Its a common problem that requires a joint approach.



  • Buzz

    Desperation. The GOP in shambles, the extreme right-wing neocons isolated and shunned like lepers. The mood in the country shifting.
    These people are really desperate. Cicadas come out from under the ground every 11 years. These guys have an 8 year cycle. 2001 – 2009, I’d say.
    I saw something so interesting on late night tv two night ago. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He openned his monologue with a couple of middle eastern jokes. The first was about President Obama using the word “Shukran.” The audience stirred a little and then politely chuckled. The second was a reflection that American view of the Middle East is more negative now than before 2001 (or something). He made some comment like, and they even mentioned the good bombings. Something lame. The audience gasped and went dead silent. The show ground to a halt. I watched again last night and he tried to open with two more middle eastern jokes. More tame. Less Islamophobic. They both failed. He misread the second one and gave up.
    Point is: audiences don’t find Muslim Bashing funny. The attempt to demonize Muslims and Islam appears to me to be a total failure. Worse, a complete backfire. Look at Cheney. Worst public opinion of any politician. He has a few stalwart fans and a lot of people who cannot stand the sight of him.

  • Your Name

    “THOU SHALL NOT KILL”,IS THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT OF GOD.TO HATE YOUR FELLOWMEN IS A SIN OF MURDER IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
    THOSE PEOPLE WHOM GOD CHOSE TO REVEAL HIS PLANS AND USED THEM TO HIS PLANS AND PURPOSE HAVE MURDERED SEVERAL PEOPLE BEFORE GOD CALLED THEM
    OR USED THEM.IN JESUS TIME,HE EMPHASIZED THAT TO HATE IS A MURDER ACT,
    SIMPLE HATRED IS A SIN.TO ME,AFTER HAVING HEARD AND LEARNED THE WORDS OF GOD,I DO MY BEST NOT TO THINK BAD AGAINST MY FELLOWMEN,I AM CONSCIOUSLY AWARE OF THE WAGES OF SIN,BUT AS A HUMAN BEING,THINKING
    ABOUT THE DARK SIDE OF LIFE SOMEHOW CRASH YOUR SPIRIT AND CAN RESULT
    TO BAD THOUGHTS,SELF PITY.KNOWING THE WORDS OF THE LORD WILL GET YOU
    BACK,REGAINING BACK THE HOPE OF THE PROMISE OF HIS WORDS,IN SPLIT SECONDS,YOU RETURN TO GOD’S SAVING GRACE.

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