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Nonsense From Know-Nothing Well-Wishers
From a story on the fire in the office of the mosque Mohamed Osman Mohamud attended in Portland, Oregon:
"Sassaman said whoever set the fire would have had to drive around to the back of the building, then walk past the mosque entrance to the office window, which is not visible from the street.
"You'd have to know what you're doing," he said.
Local contractor and real estate agent Michael Byers was among the many non-Muslims who offered their help and sympathy to the members of the mosque.
"When Timothy McVea bombed Oklahoma, nobody went and burned his church down," said Byers, who was helping the mosque buy replacement windows and other materials to rebuild the office.
Larry Pickard, a retired special needs teacher, brought a sympathy card and flowers, which he placed with a growing display on the ground near the green doors that are the main entrance to the mosque.
"I don't want other communities to think this kind of thing happens here," said Pickard. "No matter what religion you are, the core of all religions is peace and compassion [!] ... whether you are Islamic or Christian. You shouldn't let one individual person reflect on the rest of us."