A mosque was bombed this week, and Trump is still silent.

Teen Vogue | 8/12/2017 | Lincoln Anthony Blades
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💔 (via theguardian.com) Police say the killing of a Muslim teenager near a mosque close to Washington DC is being investigated as a road rage incident. But the father of #NabraHassanen rejected detectives’ theory and said he believed his 17-year-old daughter was targeted because she was Muslim. Nabra was with friends walking back from a McDonald’s in Sterling, Virginia, in the early hours of Sunday when they got into a dispute with a man in a car, according to police. Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, has been charged with her murder and is being held without bail pending a court appearance on 19 July. Julie Parker, a spokeswoman for Fairfax County police, told reporters that detectives believe a male teenager on a bike began arguing with Torres, who drove his car up a kerb. The group of about 15 teenagers then scattered and ran, but Torres caught up with them in a car park. He allegedly grabbed Nabra and hit her with a baseball bat. He took her in his car to a second location nearby. Nabra died from blunt force trauma to the upper body. Torres was taken into custody at about 5.15am after an officer recognised his vehicle. Parker added: “There is nothing at this point to indicate that this tragic case was a hate crime. No evidence has been recovered that showed this was a hate crime. Nothing indicates it was motivated by race or religion.” If evidence surfaces that does point to a hate crime, she added, “at that point detectives would obviously take the investigation in that direction ... We’re obviously grieving for this family and what they’re going through.” Lt Bryan Holland said: “There was no indication of any racial slurs or any back and forth other than a verbal argument.” However, Nabra’s father, Mohmoud Hassanen, rejected that version of events. “I don’t believe this story,” he told the Guardian by phone on Monday afternoon. “I tell the detective the same thing.” Hassanen, 60, said “He killed my daughter because she is Muslim. That’s what I believe. That’s what I told him.” A driver for a limousine company, Egyptian-born Hassanen moved to the US in 1987 and Nabra, born in the US, was the eldest of four daughters. On Saturday, he recalled, she had 13...

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President Donald Trump desperately needs us all to know how important the battle against terrorism is to him. He tells us in speeches that he's "working night and day to keep our nation safe from terrorism." He flexes his Twitter fingers after any act of terror allegedly caused by a Muslim person hits nearly anywhere around the globe. But when an act of extremism appears to have been carried out against the Muslim community in the United States, he serves up radio silence.

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At around 5 a.m. on August 5, a bomb exploded at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, while more than a dozen Muslims from the community were inside preparing for Fajr, the early-morning prayer. No one was injured in the blast, which was reportedly caused by an IED (improvised explosive device) that started a fire in the office of the imam and president of the mosque. The FBI's Minneapolis division has stated that the mosque bombing is a top priority. At a news conference, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation, Rick Thornton, said, "At this point, our focus is to determine who and why.... Is it a hate crime? Is it an act of terror." Mark Dayton, the governor of Minnesota, labeled the attack "a criminal act of terrorism."

Though a major American intelligence agency is taking this very seriously, the White House's response to the bombing came from Trump's national security adviser Sebastian Gorka, who stated that the White House will not comment on the bombing because it may have been a fake hate crime.

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