Is the former Federal Bureau of Investigation now the Federal Bureau of Sharia Enforcement? Apparenlty so. (h/t Weasel Zippers) The FBI is now investigating violations of Sharia Law.
A Lansing-area man is behind the Quran burning near Michigan State University that sparked international outrage and a mob attack on a church in India, police said today.The man allegedly burned a Quran and left it outside an East Lansing mosque on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. He surrendered Wednesday to authorities and has been identified as the culprit, Capt. Kim Johnson of East Lansing police said today.
Johnson said the suspect voluntarily turned himself in to police after they announced a $10,000 reward leading to capture. No reward money will be paid out, Johnson said.
The man “continues to cooperate with police and FBI officials,” police said in a release.
The East Lansing burning of the Quran, a holy book for Muslims, led to an attack on a church in Punjab, India, where a mob of angry Muslims tried to burn it Sunday night, according to the Times of India and other media outlets. Stories about the burning of the Quran in Michigan circulated among the Muslim community in India through text messages.
The burning of the Quran in Michigan came at a time of intense discussion about Islam and the Quran, which a Florida pastor planned to burn on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as a protest against Islamic extremism. The pastor didn’t go through with the planned burning, but there have been copy cat incidents across the U.S. in recent days.
The suspect’s name was not released. Johnson said the police investigation is ongoing and will continue. The case is to be forwarded to prosecutors in Ingham County for further review.
Note that the reporter, a one Niraj Warikoo, firstname.lastname@example.org, did not mention anything about the First Amendment and blames the burning for the rampage of Muslims in India, as if it were justified.
But more importantly, why is the FBI investigating Koran burning? They don't investigate flag burning. But the perp made a major error by surrendering and cooperating. A major error on his part. He committed no crime and the investigation itself is a crime, a violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 242, Violation of Rights Under Color of Authority. Perhaps the FBI agents involved missed their Constitution Day mandatory training. Call their Special Agent in Charge, Detroit, MI, Andrew G. Arena, at (313) 965-2323, and ask about their training on the First Amendment. Of course, he will blather some nonsense about intimidation, which is rich, given that gangs and corrupt politicians control Detroit. But unless there is a specific threat, burning a Koran is no more illegal than burning a flag, which SAC Arena does not investigate.