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Texan Arrested After Bullying Muslims Inside Their Mosque

The man wiped his dirty boots on prayer mats as he hurled slurs and profanity at the Muslims worshipping inside their San Antonio mosque.


The hysteria over the prospect of Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS coming to the U.S. has many American Muslims on high alert, and if what happened in San Antonio, Texas, this week is any indication, they have reason to be concerned.

Witnesses told police a man wearing army fatigues and waving an American flag entered the Islamic Center of San Antonio where members were praying, and began wiping his boots on their prayer rugs. The worshippers tried to contain the situation, asking the man, who was wearing a backpack, to please remove his boots as a sign of respect. Muslims typically remove their shoes before entering a mosque to symbolize a “clean space” in which to worship.

The intruder, identified as 38-year-old Mariano Talavera, (mugshot right) responded to the Muslims’ entreaties by striding through the mosque into a prayer room reserved for women, wiping his boots on every


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