Did you hear about the Christian who tried to set the gay bar on fire in Seattle on New Year's Day? Me neither. I found that odd... until new details about the assailant emerged over the weekend:
KIRO 7 has uncovered explosive new details in the case of the Capitol Hill arson at a popular gay nightclub.
Suspect Musab Masmari’s motive may have stemmed from his “distaste for homosexual people.”
According to investigative documents filed in King County Superior Court, the 30-year old Masmari told a friend “that homosexuals should be exterminated.” That friend, a member of the local Muslim community, went straight to the FBI because he believed Masmari may have also been planning a terrorist attack. That friend became a confidential informant.
According to the documents, Masmari first met the informant at Fatima’s Cafe near the Masjid at Taqwa Mosque on Seattle’s East Union Street, shortly after the fire at Neighbours.
The informant contacted the FBI soon after meeting Masmari because he was "concerned" that Masmari "may be planning some terrorist activity" because he spoke of "something he's planning." The informant told investigators that Masmari told him "he had obtained a rifle."
The unidentified informant also said that, in the numerous conversations after their first meeting, Masmari often expressed a "distaste for homosexual people,” and that Masmari "opined that homosexuals should be exterminated."
“Exterminate is a word you think of - you exterminate rodents, you exterminate roaches, not people,” said Shaun Knittel, spokesperson for Neighbours nightclub.
Knittel would like to see hate crime charges added on to the arson charge. “If that doesn’t fall into the law of a hate crime, I don’t know what does,” said Knittel.
He said Masmari asked the informant during that conversation “whether they shouldn’t be the ones taking the responsibility upon themselves."
Masmari was living in Bellevue when he was arrested. Neighbor Doug Poirier recognized Masmari from the picture on the news.
"We were all freaked out and concerned when we found out what happened,” said Poirier. “That’s just a sad hate crime to do something like that - to try to burn down a night club just because it’s gay oriented,” said Poirier.
There should now be a firestorm of news on this coming from our media outlets. Wall to wall coverage. LGBT protests against the religious bigotry and small-mindedness of the assailant. In-depth exposes.
Wait for it.