Chemical Irritant Empties Islamic Society of Greater Dayton’s Mosque

From Dayton Daily News:

DAYTON — Baboucarr Njie was preparing for his prayer session Friday night, Sept. 26, when he heard children in the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton coughing. Soon, Njie himself was overcome with fits of coughing and, like the rest of those in the building, headed for the doors.

“I would stay outside for a minute, then go back in, there were a lot of kids,” Njie said. “My throat is still itchy, I need to get some milk.”

Njie was one of several affected when a suspected chemical irritant was sprayed into the mosque at 26 Josie St., bringing Dayton police, fire and hazardous material personnel to the building at 9:48 p.m.

Someone “sprayed an irritant into the mosque,” Dayton fire District Chief Vince Wiley said, noting that fire investigators believe it was a hand-held spray can.

According to fire dispatch communications, a child reported seeing two men with a white can spraying something into a window. That child was brought to the supervising firefighter at the scene.

Wiley would not discuss that report, but said the investigation has been turned over to police. Police were not commenting.

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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There are two ways, — the natural and the supernatural.

One way is to live for the world we are in, to develop the
brain by study and investigation, to take, by invention, advantage
of the forces of nature, to the end that we may have good houses,
raiment and food, to the end that the hunger of the mind may be fed
through art and science.

The other way is to live for another world that we expect, to
sacrifice this life that we have for another that we know not of.
The other way is by prayer and ceremony to obtain the assistance,
the protection of some phantom above the clouds.

One way is to think — to investigate, to observe, and follow,
the light, of reason. The other way is to believe, to accept, to
follow, to deny the authority of your own senses, your own reason,
and bow down to those who are impudent enough to declare that they
know.

One way is to live for the benefit of your fellowmen — for
your wife and children — to make those you love happy and to
shield them from the sorrows of life.

The other way is to live for ghosts, goblins, phantoms and
gods with the hope that they will reward you in another world.

One way is to enthrone reason and rely on facts, the other to
crown credulity and live on faith.

One way is to walk by the light within — by the flame that
illumines the brain, verifying all by the senses — by touch and
sight and sound.

The other way is to extinguish the sacred light and follow
blindly the steps of another.

One way is to be an honest man, giving to others your thought,
standing erect, intrepid, careless of phantoms and hells.

The other way is to cringe and crawl, to betray your nobler
self and to deprive others of the liberty that you have not the
courage to enjoy.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Which Way” (1884)