I've been on the road so much that I am a bit late with this, but it is worth putting up even at this late date because of the use that Islamic advocacy groups and apologists for Islamic jihad and Islamic supremacism make of incidents like this. Just last week, when I spoke at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one young man asked me about the increase in hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S., and cited this Dayton mosque incident -- apparently he was unaware of the fact that it has been exposed as a hoax, or didn't care because it was still useful. Another young man wrote a column in the campus newspaper in which he claimed that "it’s no secret that attacks against Muslims in America have been on the rise ever since the tragedies of Sept. 11." In fact, many of these attacks have been exposed as hoaxes, and Jews in the U.S. suffer five times more hate crimes than do Muslims, who are way down on the list behind many other groups.
Hate crimes against Muslims are useful to Islamic advocacy groups, as they allow them to deflect attention from jihadist and Islamic supremacist activity, and to claim protected victim status for Muslims, thereby absolving them from criticism and scrutiny. But it appears that the decency of Americans is making these stealth jihadists desperate, such that, in the absence of real hate crimes, they have to be fabricated.
"Police: Can of pepper spray was found inside mosque," by Lucas Sullivan for the Dayton Daily News, October 7 (thanks to Axel):
DAYTON — The can of pepper spray found four days after someone sprayed a 10-year-old girl in the face at a local mosque was discovered inside the mosque, a Dayton police lieutenant said.
The girl said she was sprayed about 9:40 p.m. Sept. 26 through an open basement window of the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, Lt. John Huber said.
The girl told police one of two men outside the basement window sprayed her with something from a white can with a red top as she watched children whose parents and relatives had gathered at the mosque to celebrate Ramadan.
A can of pepper spray was found Sept. 30 in another room in the basement inside a red and white-striped bag, Huber said. He said it was initially reported to him that the can was found near the mosque, but he later learned it was inside the mosque.
Police have interviewed a 10-year-old boy about the incident. The boy and his family are members of the mosque. Police are not ruling out that someone inside the mosque sprayed the girl, Huber said.
Chief Richard Biehl has said there is no evidence the girl was the victim of a hate crime.
She and another woman were taken to local hospitals after feeling nauseous, according to police.
A few of the 300 people celebrating the last 10 days of Ramadan with dinner and a prayer session were treated for eye irritation at the scene.
The bag and can are being checked for fingerprints by the FBI, Huber said. The FBI has also taken the girl's clothes to determine if there are any chemicals that match what was in the can. HAZMAT crews found no traces of chemicals in the mosque or on the girl.
The incident happened days after the DVD "Obsession: Radical Islam's War With the West," was circulated in a paid advertisement in the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across the country.
Islamic Society of Greater Dayton President Dr. Tarek Sabagh said the DVD created an atmosphere of "fear" among Muslims, but said he was not sure it was related to the incident at his mosque....
A prudent uncertainty, Dr. Sabbagh!