Ex-convict sentenced to 30 years in prison for Florida mosque fire tied to Orlando nightclub shooter


Ex-convict sentenced to 30 years in prison for Florida mosque fire tied to Orlando nightclub shooter.



An ex-convict who investigators say confessed to setting fire to a Florida mosque tied to the Orlando nightclub shooter has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Thirty-two-year-old Joseph Schneider pleaded no contest to second-degree arson during Monday’s hearing in Fort Pierce. A no contest plea is treated the same as a guilty plea.

Prosecutor Steve Gosnell says Schreiber confessed to detectives that he set the fire, saying he believed Muslims “are trying to infiltrate our government” and that “the teaching of Islam should be completely, completely illegal.”

Schneider read a written statement where he said the fire was not cause by hate but by his anxiety.

Schreiber set the fire at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce last Sept. 11, the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. No one was injured in the fire. Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen sometimes attended the mosque.

Last July, Schreiber, who is Jewish, posted on Facebook that “All Islam is radical” and that all Muslims should be treated as terrorists and criminals.



He’s wrong. Muslims should not be treated like criminals and terrorists unless they are proven of guilty of something just like anyone else.

And no religion should be illegal.

At least no one was injured in the fire.


Evidently a sick man who needs our prayers. I’m glad no one was hurt. I’m praying and giving thanks that the law took care of this law breaker. I also pray for peace in our land…

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


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