On Wednesday, President Obama visited a Baltimore mosque to give a speech about religious tolerance and to offer them support for what he feels is the unfair treatment of the Muslim community in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks.
The next day in Michigan, 21-year-old Khalil Abu-Rayyan appeared in federal court, and the allegations are disturbing:
— Holly Fournier (@HollyPFournier) February 6, 2016
— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) February 6, 2016
The Detroit News reports:
Besides allegedly using Twitter to express support for the terror group — often referred to as ISIS or ISIL — Abu-Rayyan reportedly told an undercover FBI employee about a plot to target a church.
“I tried to shoot up a church one day,” Abu-Rayyan is quoted as saying in court records. “I don’t know the name of it, but it’s close to my job. It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. Ya, I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. I practiced reloading and unloading. But my dad searched my car one day, and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask I was going to wear.”
Feds say the suspect told an undercover FBI agent why he would target a church:
— Cory (@coryxoxo) February 6, 2016
Abu-Rayyan also allegedly told an undercover agent that he carried around a large knife in his car because “it is my dream to behead someone.”