Following the spate of terror attacks in Paris last week in which the Islamic State claimed responsibility, vandals have destroyed a Quran at a Texas mosque, just as mosques in Florida are allegedly receiving threatening phone calls.
According to USAToday, a member of the Islamic Center of Pflugerville in Texas, found a torn up Quran covered in feces on Monday, November 16, 2015.
When the State’s police arrived, they found the destroyed Quran in front of the entrance to the mosque. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The person who called police said he saw the vandalism when he arrived at the Islamic Center for morning prayer, confirming that he was unaware of any threats toward the center.
The Center board member, Faisal Naeem said the center can’t be sure whether the vandalism is connected to the attacks in Paris, in which 129 people were killed and hundreds injured. But he said nothing like this had ever happened in the center’s 3½ years here.
“A few individuals who did what they did, they don’t represent 1.6 billion Muslims,” Naeem said. “They don’t represent me for sure and the Austin Muslim community.”
Meanwhile, American authorities have written off threats made against two mosques in Pinellas, Fla., saying the threats are not credible.
On Friday, threatening phone messages were left at the Islamic Society of Pinellas County in Pinellas Park, Fla., and the Islamic Society of St. Petersburg.
The suspect left a voicemail at the Pinnellas Park mosque saying he was going to the center to “firebomb you and shoot whoever is there.”
Martin Schnitzler, 43, of Seminole, Fla., was arrested Tuesday and charged with using a telephone to make violent threats. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.