The potential danger of the influential Islamophobia industry is being played out in Oregon. Last year, a right-wing extremist set fire to the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Oregon as a revenge attack for an alleged terrorist plot by a local Somali-American — a plot which, ironically, was discovered with help from the Muslim community the arsonist was targeting. According to newly released documents, the 24-year old suspected arsonist Cody Crawford calls himself a “Christian warrior” being “persecut[ed]” by police. He told one officer, “You look like Obama. You are a Muslim like him. Jihad goes both ways. Christians can jihad too.” However, Crawford insists “he did not torch the mosque.” He has been arrested several times for threatening rants about Muslims. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.
Suspected Mosque Arsonist Calls Himself A ‘Christian Warrior,’ Says ‘Christians Can Jihad Too’