Last May 2009 - Media reports again struck fear in the U.S. by quoting an ex-convict making false statements about Islam.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. - A mosque leader said "..the suspect in a New York terrorist plot is...
...an ex-convict who has misunderstandings on the teachings of Islam".
Hamin Rashada told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown back in May of last year, 21-year-old Laguerre Payen told him he was a Muslim.
Imam Rashada, an assistant imam at the mosque, met Payen through a program that helps parolees reintegrate after being released from prison.
The imam also said Payen occasionally attended a Newburgh mosque where his statements on Islam often had to be corrected.
And he said Payen lived in Middletown and Newburgh, where he stayed in a rooming house.
State police and FBI searched his room for several hours Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
All of this proves once again, the importance of Muslims having their own voice in America. Talk up the hard work and good conduct of the other 99.9% who know to strive to live as moral, decent citizens and good neighbors is the true jihad and what Islam is really all about.
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