Musab Mohammed Masmari has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he torched a crowded gay club on New Year's eve in Seattle, WA as reported by Mike Carter for the Seattle Times: "the federal takeover of the case . . . lends weight to allegations that Masmari's crime is terrorism- or hate-motivated," and "the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg, who supervises the Joint Terrorism Task Force."
To say that some Muslims may be a tad homophobic is an understatement. Indeed, a NYC gay bar was one of the first targets of a Muslim terrorist attack on United States soil. In April 1990, a pipe bomb exploded at the gay bar and restaurant Uncle Charlie's at 56 Greenwich Avenue. An April 28, 1990 article ("At Least 3 Injured In Blast At Bar in Greenwich Village") from the The New York Times states:
An explosion, possibly caused by a pipe bomb, injured at least three people early this morning at a bar in Greenwich Village, the police said. The blast occurred about 12:10 A.M. at Uncle Charlie's Downtown Bar at 56 Greenwich Avenue, said a police spokeswoman, Sergeant Tina S. Mohrmann. She described damage to the building as ''minor.'' Three men were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition and expected to be released shortly . . . .The bomb squad was investigating, and initial reports indicated a pipe bomb may have caused the damage, Sergeant Mohrmann said. One patron at the nightspot, Frizzell Green, said he was standing at the bar when the blast went off in a trash can five to six feet from him, producing a cloud of smoke and sending debris in all directions. ''It was like a loud firecracker,'' he said. A bartender, who would not give his name, said he saw a pipe in the trash can after the explosion.
Federal investigators determined that a Muslim terrorist ring was responsible for the pipe bomb attack on Uncle Charlie's. A January 14, 1995 article ("Man Accused In Terror Plot Bombed Gay Bar, U.S. Says) by James C. McKinley Jr. from The New York Times states:
Federal prosecutors plan to present evidence that some of the 12 men charged in a terrorist conspiracy to blow up New York City landmarks were also responsible for a host of other crimes, including the 1990 bombing of a gay bar, international arms smuggling, drug trafficking and the attempted murder of Mikhail S. Gorbachev. In a letter from prosecutors to defense lawyers released yesterday, the prosecutors accuse El Sayyid A. Nosair, one of the alleged leaders of the terrorist ring, of bombing a Greenwich Village gay bar, Uncle Charlie's, on April 28, 1990, injuring three people. Mr. Nosair, who like the other defendants is Muslim, attacked the bar because he objected to homosexuality on religious grounds, according to the letter.
Nosair was sentenced to life following his conviction for his "war of urban terrorism" as reported by Joseph P. Fried for The New York Times.