Federal officials are investigating a fire that started overnight at the site of a new Islamic center in a Nashville suburb.

Ben Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to CBS Affiliate WTVF that the fire, which burned construction equipment at the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, is being ruled as arson.

Special Agent Andy Anderson of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told CBS News that the fire destroyed one piece of construction equipment and damaged three others. Gas was poured over the equipment to start the fire, Anderson said.

The ATF, FBI and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the fire, Anderson said.

WTVF reports firefighters were alerted by a passerby who saw flames at the site. One large earth hauler was set on fire before the suspect or suspects left the scene.

The chair of the center’s planning committee, Essim Fathy, said he drove to the site at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning after he was contacted by the sheriff’s department.

“Our people and community are so worried of what else can happen,” said Fathy. “They are so scared.”

Read the article.

Scared? Why should they be scared? Christians wouldn’t have done this. Why is the Islamic community so skeptical and fearful of these followers of Christ? After all Christians are to see other people with the eyes of Jesus and to share the Gospel with them. Where would they come up with the notion that we don’t love them? **

Maybe because of comments like these found in the linked article above:

Shelton was among several hundred demonstrators who recently wore “Vote for Jesus” T-shirts and carried signs that said “No Sharia law for USA!,” referring to the Islamic code of law.

Others took their opposition further, spray painting a sign announcing the “Future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro” and tearing it up.

“No mosque in Murfreesboro. I don’t want it. I don’t want them here,” Evy Summers said to WTVF. “Go start their own country overseas somewhere. This is a Christian country. It was based on Christianity.”

Not only do the statements above show the ignorance of people but it also reveals the ignorance and prejudice of so called “Christians”.   I don’t believe in Islamic beliefs nor do I condone the practices of some of their followers. I do believe they need Jesus just as much as I need Jesus. Christ said in Matthew 5:16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Burning down construction equipment and mosques is not what He had in mind.  Rather, the instructions found in 1 Peter 4 are a better example of how we should respond to those who are not professing believers in Jesus Christ.

Don’t let your ignorance shine before men, but share the gospel with all, regardless of their race, color,political affiliation or beliefs!

** if you read this paragraph without picking up on the sarcasm, then this article just might be for you!


About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

One response »

  1. K says:

    I have to agree with you on this one.

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