As I noted here, the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) used this incident to expatiate about the alleged rise in violence against mosques and Muslims. Will Hamas-linked CAIR now retract and apologize? And as you can see below, Bloomberg held a press conference about this. Will he, also, now retract and apologize?
Don’t hold your breath on either count. But what Pamela Geller says is apt: “So the media mosque meme was patently untrue, and that schmuck Bloomberg looks the fool yet again after holding press conferences against ‘hate crime’ before he knew what, who and why. And Hamas-tied CAIR was on the radio this morning, WBAI, lying again, blaming me and other bloggers for inciting this hatred of Muslims. Vile jihadists will say anything and do anything.”
A New York City man faces arson and bias charges after confessing to a series of Molotov cocktail attacks that hit a mosque and a Hindu place of worship and unsettled civic leaders concerned the actions might portend violent religious bigotry.
The suspect, who has not been identified by name, is a 40-year-old unemployed tow-truck driver who appeared to have been motivated by personal grudges, said a law enforcement familiar with the investigation who was speaking on condition of anonymity.
The suspect, who is originally from Guyana and lives in the Jamaica section of Queens where four of the attacks took place, also made “broadly anti-Muslim statements” during questioning, the official said.
But apparently they centered around his not being allowed to use the bathroom at the mosque:
He chose the mosque after being refused access to the facility’s bathroom, and he mistook one of the private residences as the home of a “crack dealer” with whom he had a dispute, the official said.
Another of the targets was a private residence where Hindu services were held, but that may have been a coincidence. The suspect had a years-old dispute with someone who may not live there anymore, the official said….
“The individual is implicating himself in each of the five firebombing cases, citing personal grievances with each location,” said police spokesman Paul Browne.
The arson attacks drew condemnation from religious and civic leaders of various backgrounds who joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for a news conference before the confession was reported.
“Fear mongering about Islam and other American minorities have ripped this country apart… We are all affected when this hate explodes,” said Cyrus McGoldrick of the New York chapter of the [Hamas-linked] Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group.
I’ll be right here waiting for McGoldrick to recant his false claims and apologize to those who are fighting for freedom against Islamization.
One of the firebombs hit the mosque entrance at the Imam al-Khoei Foundation, a Shiite organization in the New York City borough of Queens while some 75 to 80 people were inside….
The suspect’s grievances with the convenience store may have started on Dec. 27 when a clerk confronted a man thought to have being trying to steal a Starbucks Frappuccino, police said.
“When they were pushing him out of the store, he said words to the effect of, ‘We’re going to get even. We’re going to get back at you,'” Kelly said before the confession was reported….