Why would shooting suspect attack Masonic temple?

Wisconsin's Afternoon News

As word broke about the Masonic Temple was the target of a mass shooting plot many questioned why. Both the Masons and members of the Muslim community have the same questions.

It was business as usual at the Tripoli Shrine Temple despite word breaking that an arrest targeting a Milwaukee Masonic center had happened.  The temple is specifically for Shriners, but they are all Masons.

"Free Masonary is the oldest and largest fratenity in the world, it can be traced back to Christ time," says Jim Christie, Tripoli Shriner Recorder.

Christie says the group was started by men who built churches, but they are not a relgion. In fact, he says the Shriners and the Scottish Rite are both non-demoninational groups.

The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was just as confused by the alleged plot.

"I was just as baffled as you are when I saw the group he was targeting. There's no link," says Rizwan Ahmad when asked why the Masonic Temple was the target.

In the criminal complaint the suspect claims "We are Muslims, defending Muslim relgion." But Ahmad says he is preverting the intrepreation of the religion.

"That is completely wrong that is not how you defend the name of Islam," Ahmad says.

He says you do it by speaking out for it.
But both Ahmad and Christie say if someone wants hurt others they will look for any excuse.

"There's no reason why they should but in my opinion there is no reason why they have done any of the shootings that have occurred around the country," Christie says.

The Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center would not comment about the arrest. But the center was open like normal Tuesday.

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