STATEMENT BY GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST
Regarding the Islamic Education Center of Tampa
"My thoughts and prayers are with the congregation of the Islamic Education Center of Tampa and with members of the Muslim community who share in the grave loss of their sanctuary.
"Throughout the history of civilized society, places of worship have been safe havens from the ravages of the outside world. Such attacks hurt each of us, regardless of religious affiliation, as they are attacks not only on buildings, but also on our freedom to worship freely the faith of our choice.
"I am committed to using the full resources of our state to find the perpetrator of this despicable crime. We have a duty to protect all houses of worship and to educate ourselves and our children against the hate and intolerance that fuels irreverent attacks against our religious institutions."