As despicable as this may seem, leaders of prominent American Muslim organizations have been busy trying to convince the American Muslim community that the deadly shootings in San Bernardino were a false flag operation. We have already covered the bizarre behavior of the lawyers CAIR hired to defend the Farook family, who have done very little to actually protect the legal interests of the Farook family, but have done quite a lot to get themselves on TV and advance the theory that the Farooks were patsies and that the San Bernardino shootings maybe never even happened.

Groups like CAIR have already done a fantastic job of planting this particular seed in the minds of the American Muslim community, which is largely now of the committed belief that the Tsarnaev brothers were patsies in the Boston Marathon bombings, so it is a good bet that their propaganda efforts with respect to San Bernardino will be successful in the target community.

Enter the Christmas day arson of the Savoy Masjid mosque in Houston. Investigators quickly concluded that the fire was arson, leading to rampant speculation on the part of the media that this was a hate crime, probably due to Donald Trump. Here, for instance, is how the Washington Post wildly speculated about the fire before having any facts:

If arson is confirmed, the incident would be the latest in a series of hate crimes and vandalism targeting Islamic centers of worship across the country.

Oh hey. So if it’s arson, then it’s automatically a hate crime. Definitely no one might have even possibly burned down a mosque for any reason other than hate. And who should we hold responsible for this hate? Well, let’s ask the completely objective and not at all anti-conservative race hustlers at the Southern Poverty Law Center:

The Southern Poverty Law Center blames the growing number of incidents on anti-Muslim rhetoric from politicians and white supremacist organizations. That rhetoric, they say, has increased dramatically after a husband and wife inspired by Islamic extremists killed 14 people at a holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., this month.

Members of the Savoy Masjid said they’re worried they may be the latest victims of a hate crime. Worshipers told the Chronicle that the three-year-old mosque was well-maintained. But, they noted, the worship center hadn’t received threatening phone calls or letters prior to the fire.

“It’s very hard to believe it was an accident,” Dramane Diallo, who opens the mosque to worshipers each morning, told the Chronicle.

Well guess what? It turns out that it wasn’t an accident.

It turns out, it was a fire deliberately set by… one of the Mosque’s regular, devout Muslim attendees:

A Houston man has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson at a mosque on Christmas Day.

A spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed that the man was arrested early Wednesday, sometime after midnight, and appeared in court 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect, Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, of Houston, appeared in court at 7 a.m., spokeswoman Nicole Strong said.

According to a charging instrument released by the Harris County District Clerk, Moore told investigators at the scene that he has attended the mosque for five years, coming five times per day to pray seven days per week.

Moore told investigators he had been at the mosque earlier on Dec. 25 to pray, and had left at about 2 p.m. to go home. Moore told investigators he was the last person to leave the mosque and saw no smoke or other signs of fire when he left. He had returned to the scene after hearing about the fire from a friend.

This information, of course, did not make it into most media coverage of the event, including this story from a local TV channel. I’m sure, however, that this was an honest oversight and that the numerous members of the media who called this a hate crime will now correct the record to reflect that the ATF has clarified that this was NOT a hate crime.

Rather, it seems like an obvious attempt to make the willing dupes in the media believe that it was one.