At a Texas Mosque, a Broken Fence Becomes a Memorial

March 8, 2004

Source: KCBD News

On March 8, 2004 KCBD News reported, "'The guys came in here and bent the fence,' said Cherif Amor, a member of the Islamic Center of the South Plains, retracing a night of violence. 'The concrete blocks are here,' he said, standing outside a broken window. On Sunday morning vandals defiled his house of worship. Monday afternoon the faithful were framed with shards of glass. The mosque is surrounded by a seven foot fence, three rows of barbed wire, a sign that warns that the premises is monitored by security 24 hours a day. While it failed to keep out the hate, its successful in its new job; holding sentiments of love, flowers, from a community banding together. 'The solidarity arises from who religions are at their best,' said Reverend Ted Dotts of United Methodist. 'Any threat to a religious group is an affront to every group in society,' said Catholic Bishop Placido Rodriguez."