10-year-old girl pepper sprayed at ohio mosque

Last week in Ohio, a "chemical irritant" was sprayed through a window of the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, where 300 people were gathered for a Ramadan prayer service. The room that the chemical was sprayed into was where babies and children were being watched while their mothers were engaged in prayers: Muslim Children Gassed at Dayton Mosque After "Obsession" DVD Hits Ohio.

The attack came after thousands of DVD copies of Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West—the fear-mongering anti-Muslim documentary being distributed in swing states by a pro-McCain group—were delivered by mail in Ohio. This is straight-up scare propaganda, and it looks like it worked with somebody out there.

A 10-year-old girl was watching other children when she noticed two men standing outside a basement window. One of the men sprayed something through the open window and into the girl's face from a can. According to a police report, the girl said she immediately felt burning on her face and felt "sick to her stomach." A can of pepper spray was later found near the mosque: Can of pepper spray found near mosque.

What the hell? A ten-year-old girl? What kind of coward-ass hate is this? Is this not a hate crime? The Dayton police don't seem to think so, because there's no evidence of bias: Police: No evidence of hate crime at local mosque. You apparently have to say something when you pepper spray a little girl for it to be a hate crime.

This has been all over the blogs this week, but I haven't heard it mentioned at all in mainstream media outside the Dayton Daily News stories. I would've thought something like this would get picked up by other news outlets, but without the official hate crime aspect, it's not a "real" story. Where's the outrage? So at the very least, I'm bringing it to your attention here.

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