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Joplin, Mo., mosque razed by second fire within a month

Joplin, Mo., mosque razed by second fire within a month

The Associated Press has the story:

A mosque in southwest Missouri burned to the ground early Monday in the second fire to hit the Islamic center in little more than a month, officials said. …

Imam Lahmuddin, who leads the mosque and was in the building until late Sunday, said he was ‘‘sad and shocked’’ about the fire.

‘‘I’m still in front of the building looking at the damage and nothing can be saved,’’ Lahmuddin said in a telephone interview Monday. ‘‘But since we are people of faith we just can remember that this is a thing that happened because God let it happen, and we have to be patient, particularly in the month of Ramadan, control our emotions, our anger.’’

A blaze at the same building July 4 caused minor damage and was determined arson. No arrests were made and the FBI has offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to charges in that fire.

Meanwhile, Episcopalians were among those who attended a recent interfaith event at the mosque. From the Joplin Globe:

Lahmuddin, the mosque’s imam, had invited members of local Christian churches and the United Hebrew Congregation to share with Muslims a Ramadan meal and information about their religions. ….

The Rev. Frank Sierra, at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church, called Saturday’s gathering “a great event.”

“Instead of labeling people, we get to see them as fellow human beings — children of God — and that breaks down a lot of walls.”

All were unanimous about their support for the Muslim community in their time of hardship and their outrage over what may be a deliberate burning of the mosque. An investigation into the fire is still under way.


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There is much work to be done here in MO and elsewhere in rural communities. We had elections yesterday, and a “prayer in school” amendment to the constitution passed by large margins.

What most folks don’t know about the amendment is that it will legally allow students to opt out of classes or assignments that violate their religious conscience. Things like evolution. Or possibly certain versions of history.

It is institutionalized, legally proctected ignorance. It is not counter-cutural, but rather anti-cultural. THIS is what we are dealing with here in the Ozarks. I am certain it much the same in other rural states and communities?

Kevin McGrane

Bill Dilworth

There’s hatred to be found in every community, unfortunately. The sign on our local mosque was vandalized yesterday.

Murdoch Matthew

I was amazed, after the Joplin tornado, that the first wave of comments were along the lines of “They deserved it!” “Joplin is a hell-hole,” and “I fled the place ten years ago and never want to go back.” Soon the scope of the damage and suffering became clear and civility was extended.

The message seemed clear, however — Joplin was a tribal town and outsiders, even home-grown ones, like gays and Democrats, weren’t welcome. Joplin and Springfield are very much Bible-belt — Brad Pitt left Springfield, his mother didn’t.

The Episcopal Café had a posting this week about homophobia or heterosexism. What do you do about people who aren’t hateful or bigoted — but their worldview is? Truth is an admirable goal; it makes a terrible weapon.

There’s an Episcopal church in Joplin, a reformed Episcopal Church, and a LGBT center. Much work to be done.

Leslie Scoopmire

Thank God no one was hurt.


Three cheers for Rev. Frank!!!

Kevin McGrane

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