September 13, 2006, - 3:55 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Just a few weeks ago, the Hindu Temple in Hamtramck, Michigan was burnt to the ground–actually below the ground. But who did it? When it was first reported in the news, we certainly had our suspicions.
Authorities have no clue, and they suspect arson in the destruction of the Bangladesh Hindu Cultural Center and Temple. But here’s the rub. Hamtramck, a small city that it surrounded by Detroit, has a growing Muslim community that has overtaken the city’s Polish roots (my Polish Jewish immigrant great-uncle had shoe stores there, in the early 1900s). It is the first city in the nation to officially sanction the noise pollution of five-a-day Islamic calls to prayer.
The rapidly increasing Muslim population of Hamtramck is largely Bangladeshi and Yemeni, but there is also a growing Bosnian and Kosovar Islamic presence. And Islamic charities within Hamtramck have long been under investigation by federal law enforcement authorities, for funding Islamic terrorism. Hamtramck is home to Mohammed Ghanem, the Yemeni Muslim caught last week, trying to sneak a knife encapsulated inside a book onto a plane at Detroit Metro Airport. Past Detroit Free Press reports documented multiple, Islamic male physical attacks on Black students at Hamtramck public schools.
So, who set fire to the Hindu Temple? We’ll never know for sure, given the evidence at this point. But if it was an Islamic terrorist attack, they succeeded in kicking out their Hindu enemies. The Temple congregants cannot afford a new building and have no place in which to meet for prayer.
From today’s Detroit Free Press:
We are a poor community,” Karuna Nath said. “We don’t have enough money.”
Although the Bangladeshi-American community in Hamtramck is one of the largest in the country, its members are overwhelmingly Muslim.
They are highly unlikely to support a Hindu temple.
In Hamtramckstan–a tiny island of jihad in America–the non-Muslims are clearly losing the battle.
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