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Created on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 07:13
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Authors: Middle East JournalI don't normally post on Islamophobic outbreaks here in the US, since 1) there are too many; 2) others regularly monitor this stuff; and 3) it's bad for my blood pressure. But this one is almost personal, since it took place in my home town of Joplin, Missouri, where the local mosque was destroyed by fire last night. There had been a small fire July 4, extinguished before much damage was done, but last night's fire destroyed the building. Ironically, just Saturday night the Imam had invited clergy from Joplin's Christian churches and its United Hebrew Congregation to an Iftar at the mosque, to promote interfaith understanding. The other congregations are now offering help.
The fact that the arson took place during Ramadan merely rubs salt in the wound.
When Joplin High School was completely destroyed by an F5 tornado in last year's record storm, the United Arab Emirates provided free laptops for every student (or perhaps every graduating senior, at least). Joplin will be recovering for a long time from that disaster, and I believe all the faith communities have worked together. The cross that stood outside St. Mary's Catholic Church — my old childhood parish — was all