On Christmas Day, a mosque in Southwest Houston was set on fire. Almost immediately, some Muslim advocacy groups placed the blame for the arson on GOP presidential candidate and front-runner Donald Trump accusing him of “inflammatory rhetoric” when it comes to Muslims, likely based upon his statement that Muslim immigration to America should be placed on a temporary ban until the country’s vetting process is fixed and elected officials figure out “what is going on.”
In addition, the blame was placed on what the Houston chapters of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) claim as a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric and hate incidents following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino by Muslim couple Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakastani national wife, Tashfeen Malik. Of course, far-left Salon also pushed an Islamaphobic narrative as the reason for the arson. But, an investigation by police has determined the identity of the suspect and it doesn’t fit the narrative the left has been trying to push.
Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, was identified by police as the suspect in the arson at the Savoy Mosque using multiple surveillance videos from nearby businesses. After he was identified, police obtained a search warrant for his home. During the search, they found a backpack, clothes similar to what was worn in the video of the mosque fire, and a charcoal lighter fluid bottle with the same serial number as the one found at the mosque.
Those who have tried to paint this as a hate crime will have a difficult time getting that narrative to stick. You see, Moore told investigators that he attended that mosque for five years. He said he prayed at the mosque five times a day, seven days a week and was there on Christmas Day at 2 pm.
The president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, MJ Khan, said they are looking into the incident themselves and said he is unfamiliar with Moore. He added, “We are really very surprised and saddened by this whole thing.”
According to KPRC, Moore was known by other Muslims who worshiped at the Savoy Mosque in southwest Houston. Dramane Diallo said, “He prayed here yesterday morning.” Members of the mosque knew Moore not by Gary, but rather by the name Jamal.
Moore was arrested and charged with first-degree arson, which is a felony. Police do not yet know Moore’s motive. Bond was set at $100,000.