As he was pleading guilty for setting fire to a mosque in Ohio, Randolph Linn of St. Joseph, Indiana said that he was watching Fox News and got all “riled up,” which prompted him to go out and commit arson.
According to reports, Linn’s actions were in retaliation for attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and for Muslims getting a “free pass” in the U.S. “F**k those Muslims,” was apparently his parting sentiment as he was being booked in jail.
Perrysburg Township police charged Linn last Tuesday with aggravated arson, aggravated burglary and carrying a concealed weapon, but Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said a prosecutor in Wood County will ask to have those charges dismissed in deference to the federal charges.
“We have zero tolerance for such violent acts of intolerance,” Dettelbach said. “Religious freedom is at the core of our country, and we will continue to aggressively prosecute such hate crimes.
“Although this violence took place in one mosque in Toledo, as Americans we are all victims,” he said.
“The fire in this case wasn’t just aimed at destroying a mosque. It was designed to deprive our community of one of our most cherished freedoms.”
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