CAIR-FL: RELIGIOUS LEADERS WANT HOUSES OF WORSHIP OFF LIMITS FROM VIOLENCE
Fried fans and broiled books. Muslim leaders still don’t know who fueled the fire that turned their house of worship into an overheated oven two weeks April 12.
“Houses of worship should be off limits, should be off limits for violence,” the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Ahmed Bedier said.
Muslim leaders said it’s the fourth time the mosque in Tampa has been hit. This time was the worst.
“For those that are seeking spiritual guidance, they feel like right now they are displaced,” Bedier said.
Religious leaders from all sides are turning up the heat.
“It’s painful. Emotionally painful,” Reverand Canon Francis V. Tiso said. “It’s like the death of a human being.”
Sunday a member from the National Catholic Church toured the torched building, then prayed for peace.
“It’s an attack on something spiritual, which as a priest is horrifying to me,” Tiso said. “The thought that someone would attack a place where people invoke the name of God.”
Tiso said religious leaders need to unite, not divide.