Ray Lengend charged in firebombing of mosque found fit to stand trial

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DTT: The rise of Islamophobia has been increasing year by year. This is as a result of the media, right-wing and neo-nazi groups spreading myths and lies about Muslims and Islam. When lies spread. When a minority is dehumanised and looked as the “other”, some individuals take things into their hands and end up trying to hurt Muslims.

This is unacceptable and politicians need to step up and protect minority communities.

A man by the name of Ray Lengend, is said to have hurled Molotov Cocktail in an attempt to burn down a mosque in America. This is not his first time. Police records show that he has attempted this many more times, aiming to harm Muslims and their places of worship.

 

NY Daily News reports:

Ray Lengend, 43, is accused of hurling a Molotov cocktail at the Imam Al-Khoel Islamic Center in Jamaica, Queens, in December 2011 and carrying out five firebombings using Starbucks Frappuccino bottles filled with gasoline that targeted Muslims. He faces federal hate-crime and arson charges.

 

More than two years after he was arrested for firebombing a mosque, a Queens man has been found mentally fit to stand trial on state and federal hate crime charges, the Daily News has learned.

Lengend, 43, is charged with hurling a Molotov cocktail at the Imam Al-Khoel Islamic Center in Jamaica, Queens, in December 2011. He allegedly said he carried out the attack because he was not allowed to use the mosque’s bathroom.

During a terrifying spree, he also allegedly carried out five firebombings using Starbucks Frappuccino bottles filled with gasoline that targeted Muslims and an Arab-owned grocery store.

 

Lengend told cops he wanted to kill “as many Muslims and Arabs as possible,” authorities said.

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