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Op-Ed: Could 'Obsession - Radical Islam's War Against the West' Be Behind Mosque`s Attack?

By KJ Mullins     Oct 1, 2008 in World
Last week an attack against a 10-year-old little girl took place in Dayton, Ohio. Others that were with the child were also attacked. This should be front page news. Had it happened at a church it may well have been.
The attack took place at the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton Friday night and is not being deemed a hate crime.
Last Friday was the last of the 10 days of Ramadan. At the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton men were gathered in a prayer room when the children were attacked.
Someone sprayed a chemical directly into the face of a 10-year-old girl on September 26. The girl was watching younger children whose parents were at prayer.
The child noticed two men standing outside the basement window about 9:40 p.m. When the child noticed them they sprayed her with the white can they were holding. The child felt immediate burning on her face and was sick to her stomach. Others in the room also felt the same affects from the chemical.
The mosque was evacuated.
The Dayton Daily reports:
"The men didn't say anything to her (before she was sprayed)," Chief Richard Biehl said. "There was nothing left at the scene or anything that makes us believe this is a biased crime."
HAZMAT crews were called to the scene to test for chemicals but they had already dissipated. Hazardous materials team coordinator Denny Bristow said no chemicals were found on the girl.
While the police have not deemed the crime hate related some at the mosque believe otherwise. They believe the attack was the result of "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West", the film was mailed to area homes by its producers. 70 area newspapers also had a paid advertisement about the DVD in them.
Mosque board member Tarek Sabagn said that the board is not linking the two incidents.
The police filed the incident report on Monday afternoon. It wasn't until Tuesday that a detective was assigned to the case.
Huffington Post reports on one of the mothers that was at the scene:
The paramedic said the young one was in shock, and gave her oxygen to help her breathe. The child couldn't stop sobbing."
"This didn't happen in some far away place -- but right here in Dayton, and to my friends. Many of the Iraqi refugees were praying together at the Mosque Friday evening. People that I know and love."
"I am hurt and angry. I tell her this is not America. She tells me this is not Heaven or Hell -- there are good and bad people everywhere."
Had this attack taken place through a church window newspapers across this county would have had it on there front pages. It would have instantly been deemed a hate crime.
This is America. Freedom of religion is part of the network of the foundation of the nation. Not freedom of just one religion. A child should feel safe in their place of worship. Or has this nation changed so much that the safety of a child no longer matters?
Has America changed that much?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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