Reward Offered for Tips Leading to Arrest of Quran Burning Suspect

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

East lansing Mayor Vic Loomis hopes a $10,000 reward will help the city identify a suspect in last weekend's Quran burning.

"We're very serious about finding who perpetrated this deplorable act, so we have established a reward fund up to 10 thousand dollars," the mayor said.

The mayor encourages anyone who wants to to add to that fund, Calling the act an affront to the entire East Lansing community. An investigation is underway but the rest is up in the air. Police Captain Kim Johnson says the prosecutors would determine what charges--if any--would be brought against a suspect.

Meanwhile they've stepped up patrols in the area. East Lansing police say while there havent been any threats to the Islamic Center or its members...The increased security is one way to show their support. The Islamic Center says its overwhelmed with community support.

The show of support and commitment to getting this situation's been inspirational," said Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji, spokesperson for the center. "If this is the outcome of that horrible act, then we've been very blessed, and we're blessed with that type of leadership."

Dr. Katranji says he's disgusted by Muslims' attacks on churches in India--attacks some say come in response to Quran desecrations here.

"Within the Quran itself it commands us to respect other religions, other religious symbols, religious houses and property, and their holy books," he said.

The Islamic Center says it is willing to donate to fix any damage that's been done to Christian property in India.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    DEAR LOS, sadly the troops were put into danger the MINUTE , barack said the war was over..have you seen the attacks these men and women have been under since then? The Military is fit to be tied over that statement he made, because the Military is still under attack..This QURAN incident didnt put our troops in harms way..barack DID.!
  • by Bill Location: Lansing on Sep 15, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    Hypocrisy! Why is it okay for Islam to scream so loudly and seek justice against anyone who goes against their religion, but at the same there is NEVER any outrage from within their own religion when Jews or Christians are killed, churches and bibles get burned, and so on. Look into history people, MILLIONS of people have died since the creation of Islam because of Islam and religion in general. What's good for the goose SHOULD be good for the gander, it's NOT a one way street and I'm sick of Americans bending over backwards to appease such a violent group. READ the History behind the religion and see who has killed or destroyed the most. Islam wins hands down. Wake up America. Diversity by defintion is the opposite of Unity, we're no longer Unified in anything anymore. If we don't stand up together, we'll be in a whole new world...and I'm sure you WON'T like to live by their standards. Amazing how a group is so vocal but yet doesn't believe in Freedom of speech.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Sep 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    Wow. Looks like ol' Verg will say and do pretty much anything these days to grub up votes. By the way, Verg, where is the reward money coming from? Tax dollars?
  • by Los Location: Middle east on Sep 15, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    It is so sad to here back in my home town of michigan that we would have someone as stupid as that to put my self and all of my fellow brothers and sisters in the military in Danger, for this act! I hope the punishment for this act will be fast and swift.And i hope East Lansing Police Department will set the tone that if someone else thinks they want to try this be perpared, think again. Sign Boots on Ground.
  • by Chris on Sep 15, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    I am torn over the reward. One part of me says that the reward is justified. The other part of me finds this reward thing absurd. Pt 1. The fact that the book was burned in itself doesnt make this a crime. We live in a country that allows for that in it's constitution. However, where it was burned and desecrated does make it a hate crime and I respect the EL City Gov't for addressing it. Pt 2. The item that was burned was a material object. The point of it isnt the object itself, but the message inside of it. I feel that is especially the case for objects of spirituality. With today's technology you can print one in a matter of minutes. I just dont understand why this cannot be done and everyone just moves on with their life.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    YES JT, that s exactly what's going on in this country..Our flags are burned, bibles burned, threats of death to christians, but you burn or step on a quran and you could face life in prison, because AMERICANS dont have any Freedoms anymore in our OWN Country! And I am sure someone is waiting to tack on the HATE CRIME charge as well. I hope they find out that a muslim did this , and let's see how fast the charges are dropped!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 at 05:52 AM
    HEY unless they can prove that the QURAN in Question was stolen..It cant be vandalism, as from reports it said that the quran was found on a doorstep..Was the doorstep damaged in anyway??? and Since when is it vandalism if you destroy your own property? And has anyone thought that the QURAN incident , was a plant by someone trying to stir thing up ? like perhaps someone of muslim fait did it to cause PROBLEMS?? think about that could be possible.
  • by Sandi on Sep 15, 2010 at 05:27 AM
    I find the idea of desecrating a any reglios text to be obscene. Whats next burn down a church, mosque or synoguge? The Klan did this after the civil war. They were not called terrorists back then but thats what they were. Burning the flag is also a desecration, and a shows you to be a traitor to your country. I don't see how a hate crime does anything good for anyone. I hope the person or persons who did this get caught and get a nice long time in prison. These people are no better than a terrorist themselves. All they are trying to do is cause harm, and hatered, with no regard to anyone else.
  • by Sans on Sep 15, 2010 at 04:59 AM
    A holy book is a holy book, and burning one and leaving it on a churchs steps is a hate crime. The arrest would be for committing a hate crime. I find it interesting that someone thinks it is legal to burn the flag or a bible in this country. Sorry but it is not. Why would anyone think that it is strange to arrest someone for committing a hate crime? I hope they catch the people involved and throw away the key when they put them in jail. Obviously these are people who think the KKK and skinheads are right. That this wasn't a hate crime, and only their own oppinions are correct.
  • by joe Location: uranus on Sep 14, 2010 at 09:54 PM
    This is uncontitutional.
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