TSB Community Contributor
Saddened by the vandalism committed on the McKinney Mosque, Community North Baptist Church members resolved to act.
A representative group of Community North members, consisting of Pastor, Dr. Bruce Austin, Chuck Ribble, and Nicholas Kerekgyarto visited the Mosque as an act of love and solidarity against hatred. They were hosted by Mosque and McKinney Islamic Association representative Mousa Daabes.
Community North presented a basket of fruit, fresh herbs and tea with a written card that said, “We were sorry to hear of the desecration of the McKinney Mosque. Vandalism or lawlessness is never acceptable any where. As a token of love, prayers and support from the fellowship of Community North Baptist Church we would like to give you this basket of fruit for the Muslim community.”
Mousa Daabes accepted the basket on behalf of all of the members of the McKinney mosque. Daabes noted that the facility has been in its present location since December of 2012, but the group has been in McKinney much longer. He said that the paintball vandalism was the second attack on their church since its opening. Previously, someone had come up behind the church and pulled the power lines out of the power box.
Dr. Austin commented that the mosque members were “extremely gracious to us.” He added, “Even though we do not worship the same, we stand together against acts of violence and lawlessness.”
The Mosque was vandalized on June 1 or 2 with two dozen paintball, according to the McKinney Islamic Association. The mosque is located at 2940 W. Eldoradao Parkway.
The Dallas Morning News also reported that the Association claims worshipers have been harassed recently by a group of young people.