Surveillance video from nearby businesses has helped identify Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, as the perpetrator of the Christmas Day fire that devastated a Houston, Texas mosque. Moore, a devout Muslim who attended that very same mosque for years, praying up to five times a day every day of the week, has been arrested and charged with arson.
The revelation that the fire was a hate crime hoax will come as no surprise to those accustomed to having right-wing "hateful rhetoric" be blamed for the much-hyped rise in hate crimes against Muslims across the U.S. John Nolte at Breitbart catalogs some examples of the media rush-to-judgment about the supposedly Islamophobic hate crime:
Advocacy groups believe there has been a spike in anti-Muslim incidents across the United States in recent weeks that can be linked to the mass shooting in California and the inflammatory rhetoric of Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates. And they say that Muslims are fearful the backlash could lead to further harassment and violence.
The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate the fire for an anti-Muslim motive.
“Because of the recent spike in hate incidents targeting mosques nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this fire,” Mustafaa Carroll, the chapter’s executive director, said in a statement.
The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate a possible bias motive in the case, citing what it called a “recent spike in hate incidents targeting mosques nationwide.
But like Mark Twain's death, the rumors of a surge of "Islamophobia" are greatly exaggerated. Hate crimes against Jews still dwarf those against Muslims, and an inordinate number of anti-Muslim hate crimes turn out to be hoaxes committed by Muslims themselves, But the lie must be perpetuated in order to demonize conservatives legitimately concerned about the threat of jihad.
In any case, you won't find the mainstream media trumpeting the truth behind the Houston mosque hate crime hoax, because that doesn't fit The Narrative. As Nolte correctly concludes, "[O]nce the facts come out and point to a member of the Protected Class, the story is memory-holed and the accusation against the Republican lingers."