This can’t be just a coincidence.
Just hours after Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Muslims from entering the United States whether they have a green card or not, a mosque in Texas was set on fire and it burned to the ground as conservatives undoubtedly cheered.
The Islamic Center of Victoria was located 115 miles from Houston and served as a place of worship for 100 members of the community.
Thus far, law enforcement and Islamic Center president Shahid Hashmi are not saying it was definitely arson as the investigation continues.
The timing alone is enough to raise suspicions. And the mosque itself had frequently been subject to vandalism.
According to the Associated Press,
…a convenience store clerk spotted smoke and flames billowing from the Islamic Center of Victoria at around 2 a.m. Saturday and called the fire department.
Jeff Cowan, battalion chief for the city’s fire department, says firefighters and police officers found the mosque completely consumed in flames when they arrived.
The blaze was extinguished about four hours later. No injuries have been reported.
A Muslim ban was a featured talking point throughout Trump’s hateful and racist campaign as he blamed the entire religion and the 1.6 billion people who practice it for all the terrorist attacks committed by ISIS.
Ever since Election Day, conservatives have been celebrating by committing hate crimes at an unprecedented rate, so burning down a mosque wouldn’t be surprising and now it may have just happened.
Donald Trump is emboldening right-wing terrorists into committing hateful and violent acts across the country and it’s only going to get worse. And don’t expect Trump’s Justice Department to care when his redneck fans attack people of color and non-Christians. Because as far as Trump is concerned, none of them have rights in this country.
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