Two men, formerly from Missouri, received harsh sentences for burning a few qurans and painting anti-Islam graffiti on the Islamic Center of Springfield nearly 6 years ago when they were teenagers.
KY3 Adam Smock, 24, received his sentence on Thursday after pleading guilty nine months ago for defacing The Islamic Center with graffiti and burning two copies of the Qur’an.
Smock’s probation includes include 14 days of incarceration, payment of $10,440 in restitution and performance of 40 hours of community service. U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark also ordered Smock to meet with and personally apologize to the leadership of the Islamic Center of Springfield for his crime. Smock pleaded guilty last Dec. 29 for participating in a conspiracy to “oppress, threaten, and intimidate” worshippers at the Islamic Center of Springfield.
Joshua Lobsien, 24, was sentenced last July 13 after pleading guilty to defacing religious property. A judge sentenced Lobsien to five years of probation, including 20 hours of community service, and ordered him to pay $5,220 in restitution. If the Islamic Center of Springfield, or an Islamic Center located near Lobsien’s home, is willing to have him perform his community service on its premises, then that is where Lobsien should perform his community service.
Both Lobsien and Smock were 18 years old at the time of the offense. They admitted that, along with a 14-year-old minor, they spray-painted graffiti on the exterior walls of the Islamic Center of Springfield on Jan. 7, 2011. The graffiti included “explicit and offensive” language in addition to such statements as “Bash Back,” “Now is our time!” and “You bash us in Pakistan we bash here.”
Smock and Lobsien also admitted they partially burned two copies of the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book) on April 10, 2011, and took the Qur’ans to the Islamic Center of Springfield. Smock left the burned Qur’ans directly in front of the main doors to the Islamic Center, approximately 30 feet away from the building. Lobsien left a computer-printed note on the mat in front of the main doors. The note contained the image of a goat’s or ram’s head, and the following text:
“To: Sincere Followers of Allah,
“Today, we show the Muslim Nation that its oppressive religion won’t go without a fight, not from soldiers, but from average citizens willing to fight for America – for there are three burned Qur’ans that lay spread in the driveway. For we grow tired of Anti-Zionism. The Islamification of Europe. Terroristic regimes. And worst of all, the membership of 1.5 billion Muslims that stain the earth. And we vow one thing: Islam will not survive.
“Death to Islam!”
Telling the truth about Islam in America is now a serious crime.