Man held in Texas mosque fire that terrified Muslims ... is himself a Muslim

By Alec Rooney

The Christian Action Network commented on Dec. 29 on the fears of Muslims in Houston after a fire broke out in their strip-mall mosque in broad daylight.

Our exact phrasing was that the fire was:

“ … under investigation, and has already been determined to have been intentionally set. No suspects yet, though, and the fire curiously broke out in the early afternoon on Christmas day.”

Gary Nathaniel Moore

Gary Nathaniel Moore

Emphasis on the word curiously.

Well, an arrest has been made in the arson. And he’s a Muslim. And a regular attendee of the mosque. The Houston Chronicle reported that he is Gary Nathaniel Moore of Houston, that he is being held on $100,000 bond, and that his motive “remains a mystery.”

The Chronicle’s initial coverage of the crime, headlined “Houston-area Muslim leaders worry about backlash,” took the angle of how frightened the local Muslims were by such an obvious hate crime, and how they were now seeing threats and evil intent in every look, comment and social media post made by their non-Muslim neighbors.

As for the motive remaining a mystery, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say that this was, instead, another amateurish false-flag, fake-victimhood charade by someone who wishes more non-Muslims would hate his religion, so that Muslims can put on the cloak of oppressed victimhood and bask in the hand-wringing support of a sympathetic anti-Christian media.

They got their wish there, for a short time, before this embarrassing arrest.

As for why Muslims need this ill-gotten sympathy so badly … well, that’s another “mystery,” isn’t it? 


Alec Rooney serves as communications director for the Christian Action Network. He is a longtime journalist, with experience as a writer and editor at five daily newspapers over 25 years. An award-winning print copy editor and copy desk chief, he also works as a freelance academic book editor. He is a 1986 graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky.

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