Domestic Terrorism

Islamophobes Mark 9/11 With a Little Domestic Terrorism

While the rest of the country commemorates 9/11 with mandatory jingoism and affronts to free speech, an unidentified assailant set fire to a mosque in Florida last night that was once attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

“Video captured at the Fort Pierce Islamic Center shows an individual approached the east side of the building just moments before a flash is seen and the fire starts,” according to a statement on Facebook. “The Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this as an arson with the assistance of the St. Lucie County Fire District, the Florida State Fire Marshall’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.”

You may recall that Omar Mateen was already on the radar of federal authorities before he assaulted the nightclub and the reason for that is because his former Imam alerted authorities to his increasingly radical behavior. Those closest to him in the Muslim community did exactly what we ask them to do and yet that didn't stop some asshole from setting their mosque on fire.

In case it wasn't already evident, I've become increasingly disgusted by the annual ritual we go through this time each year, and it seems to be getting worse. Every trip down memory lane on September 11th increasingly feels like a throwback to 2003 rather than 2001. This was especially apparent this year as football players were condemned for kneeling or raising their fists in solidarity during the national anthem because they want African-Americans and other people of color to be treated equally by the law.

President Obama was booed at several games yesterday when his video message commemorating the anniversary was played. If President Bush was booed in 2003, the game would have been cancelled.

All of this is undoubtedly connected to the rise of Donald Trump. A wave of hate crimes follow in his wake.

  • winsmith

    Does the guy who wrote this know that mosque is likely what inspired that mental defective to do that shooting? If a muslim attacks a church the losers here yawn. No wonder this site isn’t in the top 100,000

  • Michael B. Conway

    Imagine how I feel. 9/11 is my birthday. I think the American government and the American people BOTH responded to 9/11 in all the worst ways possible and Trumpism is the oily residue. This annual celebration of how awesome we are because we stuck a flag on our bumper and smiled at a fireman saddens me. America was attacked. Big fuggedy deal. We are America. When are we not being attacked?

    Don’t honor getting knocked down until you have gotten up again. Until Trump and his gang of deplorables are defeated, we are still on the mat. Prove me wrong, America. For my birthday.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I can’t do the 9/11 remembrance thing on September 11. I just can’t. I can’t watch the footage, I can’t look at the pictures, I can’t listen to the tributes, none of it. I can’t do it. With all it entails and all the negative associations that come out of it, It makes me feel sad, angry, bitter, frustrated, disappointed and depressed. I don’t need that. That’s what watching the Jets is for.

  • muselet

    Five will get you eight, the perp loudly calls himself a “patriot” and has a Confederate battle flag on his pick-em-up truck.

    Five will get you eight, after the perp gets charged with hate crimes, the Right will start whining yet again about “ThoughtCrime” (“But all crimes are hate crimes!”).

    Five will get you eight, nobody will burn down the perp’s place of worship because of his actions.

    Five will get you eight, our glorious news media will ignore this story because Hillary Clinton didn’t tell them she had pneumonia until a couple of days after she was diagnosed.

    (Damn, its only Monday morning and I’m already feeling bitter and cynical.)

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    I’m guessing whoever did this is in the “basket of deplorables” who supports the Trump Monster. Just a hunch.

    • Lady Willpower

      Pretty safe bet.

  • Racism has been a relatively quiet bees nest as far as the average white American can tell. Herr Drumpf simply kicked over the hive so now they’re swarming, in everyone’s face and endangering all of us. But it’s always been there for those who have been targeted and for those who had eyes to see.