So earlier this week, a mosque was set on fire in Georgia, offering more evidence of the anti-Muslim backlash that's sweeping the country. At least, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Upon hearing the news, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper responded the way you'd expect: "Given the recent wave of incidents targeting American mosques, a possible bias motive for this apparent arson attack must be considered... Unfortunately, there is a vocal minority in our society promoting anti-Muslim bigotry and that minority is experiencing little or no pushback from mainstream religious and political leaders."
I wish he could expand on all those "incidents," but maybe he's too busy working on NASA's space program.
Anyway, fire investigators have pretty much figured out who set fire to the mosque and it's Tamsir Lucien Mendy. Investigators said Mendy belongs to the congregation.
Now, if you were to ask me, I'd say it's really hard to be an anti-Muslim bigot when you're Muslim. But knowing CAIR, I doubt they'll let that silly detail clog up their angry ideology, for its goal is not to bridge differences but to foment conflict through the idea of backlash — especially when none exists.
Which is why they can still claim "backlash" even when it's Muslim-on-Muslim crime. Think about it: Perhaps the stress of potential intolerance wore Mendy down and he had no choice but to beat the backlashers to the punch, by torching the mosque first.
In a way, it was self-defense and we, the West, are all to blame.
And if you don't see that, you're probably a racist homophobe who torches mosques on weekends.