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Posted on 12/01/2002 8:30:29 PM PST by heyhey
Construction company owner charged with hate crime in burning of mosque sign
BOCA RATON, Florida - A construction company owner accused of setting fire to a sign announcing the construction of a mosque has been charged with a hate crime.
Police officers who were watching the area after two fires and an ax attack said they saw George Aboujawdeh, 45, splash lighter fluid on the sign and run away from the flames in September.
According to the police report, Aboujawdeh said he wanted to send Muslims a message that "they're not liked here."
The reclassification of the fire as a hate crime last month makes Aboujawdeh the first person in Palm Beach County to be prosecuted for a hate crime directed at Muslims since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks last year, Michael Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney's office, said Saturday.
Aboujawdeh was originally charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief in the Sept. 4 fire. He now faces a possible sentence of a year in jail.
Bert Winkler, Aboujawdeh's attorney, said whatever happened was an isolated incident. "Mr. Aboujawdeh is an upstanding citizen in the community," he said. "We are working to resolve this fairly for all parties involved."
A report released by the state Attorney General's office in August showed hate crimes related to religion had increased by 54 percent in Florida over the year.
And now, where do the Arab Christians go, now that the Muslims are attempting to take over this country (with a little help from the liberal elite who also hate Christians).
The bus driver was charged with creating a false public alarm, Marlboro Police Capt. Brian Hall said. He was expected to be released Saturday night on a summons.
The moral of this story is that Aboujawdeh shouldn't have set the sign on fire. He should have stolen it, and when apprehended, said "I'm taking it to the Taliban."
And we all have lighter fluid dripping from our mouths, eh? You are starting to sound like a whiny cop-out 'Rat: "I was arrested merely for speaking out!"
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