No one knows why there have been so many attacks on mosques in Minnesota lately, or why so many of the vandals/attackers have a history of mental illness, such as Jackie Rahm Little:
Little has been subject previously to mental illness commitment orders in state court.
After voluntarily seeking treatment multiple times, court records show that Little allegedly threatened another patient and threw objects while hospitalized at Mayo Clinic in 2021.
Later that year — after he was provisionally released from treatment — prosecutors charged Little with arson for allegedly setting a fire underneath a car near a Minneapolis apartment building from which he was evicted.
It is an intriguing idea: the claim is that someone, probably a white supremacist, is manipulating mentally ill people into becoming martyrs in a war against the Muslims. Meanwhile, Muslims are also having mental health crises.
Mohamad Bekheet is also a Muslim, and he defaced a sign outside an Islamic school, twice . . . with feces.
In fact, we now know that the man who set fire to the Oromo American Tawhid Islamic Center is a Muslim. And he, too, has some mental health issues.
Charges: Man who torched St. Paul mosque planned to burn other houses of worship,” by Kyeland Jackson, Star Tribune, May 19, 2023:
Prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man with arson two days after a fire inside a St. Paul mosque caused $250,000 in damages and marked the sixth time such houses of worship have been targeted this year.
Said Murekezi faces charges of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine in connection with a May 17 blaze at St. Paul’s Oromo American Tawhid Islamic Center. Prosecutors asked Murekezi’s bail to be set at $200,000 and say there was no evidence connecting the incident to a crime of bias.
“We welcome any arrest in this situation because our community [learned] from the previous incidents that we really need to act quickly to make sure that the suspect in this case is not going to other mosques,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).
According to the charges, the center has been used as mosque office space since 2021. Three weeks ago the building was vandalized by someone who broke one of the windows, and staff had not used the building since. A bus driver for a Head Start school, located next to the center, saw somebody throw something through one of the mosque windows a day before the fire.
Murekezi told ATF agents after his arrest that he broke into the building the day before to stay overnight and look for things to burn. He admitted to investigators that he started the mosque fire, adding that he ensured nobody was in the building and said that what he did was “fun.”
The arson was a form of protest for Murekezi, according to charging documents.
He identified as Muslim, and said he burned the building in protest for other Muslims and Americans who must sleep outside in the cold.
“He said that the building is not serving anyone, but the people need it,” the documents read. “Murekezi stated it was a good thing he was caught, because if he was not caught, he would ‘torch another one’ or ‘a church.’ “
According to interviews with Murekezi, his plans were specific. He said he intended to burn the Islamic Da’wah Center in St. Paul as well as an unknown mosque in Mankato, and admitted that he goes to those mosques often to rob money from their donation boxes.
Murekezi’s plans to “bring about change” went further. He told investigators that he hates terrorism but is becoming a terrorist….
It is mentally ill people who are attacking mosques. Not always, to be sure, but often enough to indicate that CAIR could come with something better than this upon which to base its fundraising.
Hussein said he and others met with members of Gov. Tim Walz’s staff on Thursday to request at least $7.5 million in emergency funding for mosques, synagogues and places of worship. Those funds could help secure at least 150 houses of worship with gear such as surveillance cameras and lighting.
But will even $7.5 million solve the problem? The attacks are not about Islamophobia or “hate.” They are about people who should be kept in custody instead of being bailed out by groups such as the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which in the past bailed out the George Floyd/Antifa rioters, a cause that CAIR embraced as its own.