Yesterday I wrote that “unchallenged violence and intimidation” will soon be coming to a “mosque near you” and that we should “expect similar stories in the future, though–our politicians are aiding and abetting this dangerous trend.”
Given the toxic, Islamophobic atmosphere in the United States, that prediction is not bold, unfortunately. But it just shows the danger of the rhetoric coming out of those who oppose mosques not just near Ground Zero, but across the United States. And again, there will be more incidents to come. Like what happened yesterday.
In Rochester, New York, the New York Times reports:
A group of teenagers in western New York has been accused of harassing members of a mosque by yelling obscenities and insults during evening prayers for Ramadan, sideswiping a worshiper with a vehicle and firing a shotgun outside, the authorities said Tuesday.
The teenagers were cornered by members of the mosque, who held them for the police. They were charged with disrupting a religious service, a misdemeanor.
The obscenities episode occurred Monday and the shooting last Friday, both outside the World Sufi Foundation mosque in Carlton, N.Y., the authorities said. They said a 17-year-old fired the shotgun; no one was hit.