Two women and three children vandalise mosque in the United States

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  • Thursday, 15 Mar 2018

PETALING JAYA: The United States witnessed yet another case of Islamophobia after a mosque in Arizona was vandalised.

The Huffington Post reported that three Facebook live videos published on March 4 saw two women and three children vandalised and stole materials at a mosque in Tempe, Arizona.

The two women, Facebook user Tahnee Gonzales and  Elizabeth “Liz” Dauenhauer took three unidentified children on a trip to the mosque to apparently "collect information" and to "expose mosques" in an attempt to teach the children how to be "American patriots".

The video first begins with the group stopping at a mini shopping centre which includes a store and a Muslim-owned restaurant. The women then discussed what they claimed to be the illegal invasion of Muslims into the country while the children followed closely.

Once at the mosque, the group notices a "no firearms" sign at the gate. Gonzales, who acknowledges carrying a weapon, proceeds to take a gun out of her bag. She subsequently passes the gun to a young boy to "go take it back". It is not known where the gun was returned to.

Inside the mosque, the group then proceeds to take flyers off a bulletin board. As they enter a prayer area, they bump into a worshipper and accuses the worshipper of eating dogs and engaging in paedophilia.

The shocked worshipper is heard trying to pacify the situation.

According to Huffington Post, in another video, the group can be seen singing along to a Donald Trump song in the car urging viewers to raise their children to be patriots.

Gonzales is also heard telling viewers that Muslims were destroying America and were "devil Satan worshippers".

The women also praised the children for their racist comments and for participating in the burglary.

The children in the video were also seen climbing on top of the mosque's funeral van and are warned about “dead Muslims” and “sex goats.”

The children are shown climbing on the mosque’s funeral van as they are warned about “dead Muslims” and “sex goats.”  

Gonzales also rallies viewers to fight Islamic religious law and condemns Muslim Democratic candidate in Arizona for the US Senate, Deedra Abboud, as being a threat to America.

However, Abboud has called the women's actions as not representative of American values.

The women were said to be part of the Patriot Movement AZ, in which the Southern Poverty Law Center has called them a “fringe group being energised and influenced by the president’s over-the-top rhetoric on immigrants and Muslims.”

Huffington Post pointed out that Abboud had confirmed that Gonzales had been removed from the Patriot Movement AZ before the incident happened.

Ahmad Al-Akoum, the imam of the Islamic Community Centre of Tempe, where the incident occurred had delivered video evidence of the incident to the authorities.

He said although it was not the first time that the mosque was involved in a hate crime, he said it shocked the community to see young children also participating in the attack.

Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations executive director Imraan Siddiqi had also expressed his disgust at the fact that children were involved and were taught to hate people based on their belief system, what they looked like, or the colour of their skin.

The women have yet to be charged or be taken into police custody.

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