Another day, another hate crime hoax.
The Des Moines Register reports that a small fire at a Des Moines mosque Thursday morning allegedly was set by a 22-year-old worshipper at the mosque.
At about 10 a.m. Thursday, Des Moines firefighters and police responded to a call about a small fire on the carpet at the Islamic Center of Des Moines at 6201 Franklin Avenue. The fire had already been extinguished by staff at the mosque. Damage was minimal and no one was hurt.
Security cameras in the mosque showed a woman later identified as Aisha Ismail pouring lighter fluid on the carpet and then starting the fire, said a police spokesman. Ismail, coincidentally named after the Muslim prophet Muhammad's 6-year-old wife, was arrested that evening at a West Des Moines apartment on the charge of first-degree arson. She remains in police custody, her bond set at $25,000.
There are no indications that this fire was a hate crime, the police spokesman said. "It doesn't appear that she was trying to burn the place down. It seems like she was trying to make a statement."
The same mosque was the target back in March of an anonymous, threatening handwritten letter which referred to Muslims as "vile," "filthy," and"Children of Satan." The letter, suspiciously signed "Americans for a Better Way," was denounced by the Iowa chapter of CAIR as a hate crime and was promoted by the media as evidence of President Trump-inspired "Islamophobia." Nothing further came of it, and there is no evidence that "Americans for a Better Way" exists.
Whatever Ismail's motive in starting the mosque fire, it looks like CAIR won't be able to hype it as an anti-Muslim hate crime.