Thursday, June 23, 2005

Islamic Leaders failing Muslims in Nashville.

Islam: Why don't these Islamic leaders ever think before talking? A Koran was found defaced at an apartment complex. The police according to these leaders did not respond in a timely manner to calls. Why? It seems that a break-in in progress and a fight involving a police officer shockingly is more important.

"Islamic leaders disturbed by delayed police response Islamic leaders said they notified police six times yesterday before officers arrived at the site of a Koran desecration. Police said the delay was due to an unforeseen number of higher-priority calls, including a burglary and a fight involving an officer. "We can't pick when the calls come in. We have to take the high priorities as they come," Metro police Capt. Mike Hagar said. Three men, including two Islamic religious leaders, phoned for police help throughout the afternoon after a first call at about 2:45 p.m. Three hours after that call, and after a Tennessean reporter told the Police Department spokesman of the delay, police arrived. Spokesman Don Aaron said the communications system had no record of the 2:45 p.m. call and that the first call that the 911 center received came in at 3:46 p.m. No police units were available at that time, he added, so officers were dispatched at 4:53 p.m. But as police headed to the scene, they were pulled off to deal with a break-in that was in progress. The call about the damaged Koran was entered into the system as a "Code 1," or routine call, and other calls superseded it. Islamic leaders said police apologized to them for the delay, though it was little comfort. Police "did not respond in an appropriate manner to this incident," Abdulhakim Ali Mohamed, imam of the Islamic Center of Nashville, said to a crowd of Muslims. "Regardless of their excuse, you need to let them know that you, as a citizen, will not accept that."
Regardless of how important you think you are, I consider a break-in in progress and a fight to be higher on the list of things to take care of. Regardless of how important a holy book is to any group and their religion, a damaged Koran will not and should not take precedent over incidents that could have potential human life at stake. I'm embarrassed any Islamic leader can fail to see this and it reflects badly on Muslims.

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