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After a McKinney Mosque Is Shot Up With Paintballs, Calls for a Hate Crime Probe

3 June 2013 General 15 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

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It may have been just a random prank: two dozen paintballs fired behind the Sonic in a McKinney strip center in the middle of Saturday night. The same could be said of the man whose car was hit while he drove away. But the Council on American-Islamic Relations has another word for it: hate crime.

The paintballs fired Saturday night were aimed at the McKinney Islamic Association’s six-month-old mosque at Eldorado Parkway and Hardin Boulevard. Mosque officials contacted police then, because Islamic religious centers don’t tend to be vandalized by accident, says CAIR, the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties group. CAIR, in turn, released and widely distributed a press release calling for the incident to be investigated as a hate crime.

“If a bias motive is proven in this case, the perpetrators should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, including appropriate hate crime enhancements,” CAIR-DFW President Amina Rab said in the press release. “Local, state and national leaders should acknowledge the growing Islamophobia in our nation that can lead to such attacks.”

The paintball attack comes after several mosque-goers report being “verbally harassed … by young people who gather near the mosque,” according to the release. Mosque officials say McKinney police have promised increased patrols of the area following the attack.

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15 Comments »

  1. Oh it was definitely a prank. A hate-driven and ignorance-driven one, at that. Kids deserve some punishment for it.

  2. Hahaha people need to lighten up its a joke come on

  3. Ugh

  4. Definitely a hate crime.

  5. Just a little racist fun.

  6. The website is banned in kuwait….

  7. I’m against the concept of hate crime, but this is definitely vandalism.

  8. reverse the role of ‘victim’ and ‘perp’ and suddenly it becomes terrorism…

  9. would it be ‘funny’ if some Muslim teenagers did this to your local Church of Christ?

  10. Shit happens I’d laugh it off

  11. what happened to the link?

  12. A big cleanup job by the punks, then a bit of jail time, and lots of community service, all mandatory, plus some lessons in how to treat one’s fellow humaans

  13. “The paintball attack comes after several mosque-goers report being ‘verbally harassed … by young people who gather near the mosque.'” Well, that could be a clue to the motive. Doesn’t sound like random vandalism.

  14. Whether vandalism or hate, it’s not a joke and certainly not funny. And, while I don’t know much about paintball paint, I suspect it won’t easily be cleaned up.

  15. Did you still laugh if you see a Muslims teenager vandalizing church ? even they said “It was just a prank !” no…. they will call it TERRORISM and the suspect will shoot on sight or sent to Guantanamo.

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