TOLEDO BLADE. Randolph Linn, 52, of St. Joe, Ind., was sent to prison for 20 years and ordered to pay restitution of more than $1.4 million for setting fire to the prayer room of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo on Sept. 30, 2012. Linn drove from northeast Indiana to Ohio that day, filled gasoline cans he’d brought along, and walked through the Perrysburg Township mosque holding a gun before pouring gasoline on the second-floor prayer room’s large rug and igniting it.
“We don’t feel anger as much as we feel hurt that someone hated us that much — someone who’s never met us, someone who knows nothing about us,” Ms. Kadri, president of the center, said before the sentence was imposed in U.S. District Court in Toledo.
“…that someone hated us that much- someone who’s never met us, someone who knows nothing about us.”
Well he DID know something about you; he knew that you were Muslim.
He said in his pre-trial hearing that he watched a story on FoxNews about a U.S. soldier who was killed. Apparently this was the spark that lit his fuse.
After the sentencing his wife said, ” He’s not remorseful. When Randy would be drinking, whatever political was going on, he would rant and rave about it and then the next day…”
The judge in the trial compared his actions with the terrorist[s] of the Boston Marathon. “What you did also was an assault — as was the Boston Marathon bombing — an assault on what I call the American spirit, on our unique and founding principles of freedom, tolerance, and respect.”
Tolerance? Respect? Freedom? Did Linn learn any of these virtues on Fox? On AM radio? I doubt it. Rather, he learned that it was OK to hate ‘our enemies.’
He is an ex-Marine. Why do I mention this? Maybe because of the recruiting slogan, “The few, the proud, the Marines.” Really?
Hopefully ‘the few’ characterize this ex-Marine.
Propaganda- the bane of society.