But it turned out to be a fake hate crime.
CAIR calling itself a Muslim advocacy group is like Brian Williams calling himself a purveyor of truth. The Hamas-linked CAIR want it all to be about hate crimes against Muslims because that's how they get their influence and power in society. And it makes it harder for the rest of us to call Islam out on jihad terrorism.
Some Muslims need to see themselves as victims to justify jihad activities and use hate crimes against Muslims as a "currency to buy power and influence in our victimhood-oriented society," as Robert Spencer said. It also deflects attention away from jihad terror activities and onto the poor victims of hate crimes.
There have been many instances in which Muslims fabricated "hate crimes" that included attacks on mosques and other Muslims. In February, for example, a New Jersey Muslim was found guilty of murder that he tried to convince the jury was an act of "Islamophobia." And in 2014, a Muslim in California killed his wife and also blamed it on "Islamophobia."
But on Friday, Gary Nathaniel Moore, 38 from Houston, was sentenced to four years in prison. He pleaded guilty to torching a storefront mosque on Christmas Day last year.
Moore, a devout Muslim, attended that very mosque for five years and prayed there five times a day, seven days a week.
Moore will be eligible for parole in two years.