A Houston Mosque set on fire was done by one of their very own!!!

A Houston man has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson at a mosque on Christmas Day, but the motive for the crime remains a mystery, with the suspect maintaining he was a regular at the mosque.

A spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed that the suspect, 37-year-old Gary Nathaniel Moore of Houston, was arrested early Wednesday. Moore appeared in court at 7 a.m., spokeswoman Nicole Strong said, and bond was set at $100,000.

According to a charging instrument released by the Harris County District Clerk, Moore told investigators at the scene that he has attended the storefront mosque for five years, coming five times per day to pray seven days per week.

Moore said he had been at the mosque earlier on Dec. 25 to pray, and had left at about 2 p.m. to go home, according to authorities and court papers. Moore said he was the last person to leave the mosque and saw no smoke or other signs of fire when he departed, authorities said. He maintained he had returned to the scene after hearing about the fire from a friend.

MJ Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, which operates the mosque, said he was unfamiliar with Moore. “We are just looking into it ourselves,” he said Wednesday morning after learning of the arrest.

“We are really very surprised and saddened by this whole thing,” said Khan.

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  1. Leonard Jones says:

    Ann Coulter is keen on pointing out that one would be hard pressed to find ANY
    evidence of bigotry or religious intolerance in the sea of hoaxes and false
    allegations. It is the same with child abuse allegations, there are so many
    false allegations that the system would collapse even attempting to investigate
    them all.

    Funny thing, in divorce cases where child custody is at issue, the rate of
    abuse allegations can reach 80+ percent in some jurisdictions. I am no
    actuary, but that seems a little high to me. Real cases are going un-
    investigated because we no longer prosecute for perjury.

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