Sunday, January 30, 2011

Alleged Mosque Attack Thwarted in Michigan

The Council on American-Islamic relations announced today that local authorities have thwarted an alleged attack on one of the nation's largest mosques, located in Detroit suburb of Dearborn, MI. A 63-year-old California man was arrested in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of America, and later arraigned on one count of making a false report or threat of terrorism and one count of possessing explosives with an unlawful intent. The man is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.
Other recent hate incidents targeting American Muslim institutions and houses of worship have included an arson attack on an Oregon mosque, an arson attack on a mosque in Texas, threats against an Islamic school in Oklahoma, a bias attack outside an Ohio mosque, shots fired outside a New York mosque, an arson attack on the site of a planned mosque in Tennessee, a threat to a previously-bombed Ohio mosque, the defacement of a South Carolina mosque, hate mail sent to mosques, Islamic centers and Muslim organizations in Michigan and Ohio, and a bomb attack at a Florida mosque in May of last year.
And it is against this backdrop of dramatically increased domestic anti-Muslim attacks that conservative lawmakers like Rep. Steve King (R-NY) want to begin congressional hearings on the radicalization of the US' Muslim population. Pardon me, Congressman, but it looks like you and your conservative constituents have a log in your eye.

Update: Imad Hamad of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee responds to the incident on Fox's Detroit station:

Terrorist Threat At Local Mosque:

"The bottom line...a disrespect to any faith is a disrespect to all. Any act of hate, any advocacy of hate, should not be tolerated, should not be accepted, [and] is against our true American values."


  1. Turns out he wasn't a hater of jihadis, he was a sympathizer and self proclaimed jihadi himself. He had made threats against Bush. Who has a log in their eye now?

  2. Thanks for joining the conversation, Miss Carnivorous. I would like to suggest that the claims of a man suffering from long-term mental illness do not necessarily a jihadi make. By all accounts, the alleged bomber Roger Dale Stockham very likely suffers from a fairly extreme case of PTSD, and he has a recorded history of violence, including the detonation of a pipe bomb in a trash can at the Reno airport. Mr. Stockham pleaded guilty by reason of insanity to that charge, and during his federal trials in Nevada in 1985-86, Mr. Stockham testified that he had regular communications with extraterrestrials and that aliens had at times taken over his body. Court psychiatrists also testified that Mr. Stockham believed himself to be Christ. You can fact-check these claims with the archives of the Reno Gazette-Journal (, which covered the case.

    In light of Mr. Stockham's past claims, it strikes me as somewhat disingenuous to suggest that Mr. Stockham's present claims to be a jihadi have somehow validated congressional hearings that unfairly single out and stigmatize a portion of our country's population as 'extremists.' I stand by my repeated condemnation of Rep. King's hearings, which specifically target the US' Muslim population, and his repeated refusal to broaden the hearings to include homegrown extremists of all stripes.

    Mr. Stockham's case raises obvious questions about the state of care we provide our nation's veterans. With the current GOP budget projecting funding cuts for the Veteran's Administration to the tune of $2.6 billion, I worry that many more veterans like Mr. Stockham will not receive the psychiatric care that they so clearly need.