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‘Shove it up your Hajj’: Right-wing Twitter Christians call Mecca crane collapse ‘karma’ on 9/11

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A construction crane collapsed onto the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Friday, the holy city of Islam located in Saudi Arabia, killing 87 people and injuring at least 180, according to the New York Times. Conservatives wasted no time gloating on Twitter that the tragedy was divine payback for the September 11 attacks of 2001.

The mosque is currently surrounded by cranes because the Saudi government has embarked on a multibillion dollar project expanding it, the Times reports. The crane appears to have toppled amid a heavy rain storm. Video from inside the building shows chaos and worshippers covered in blood.

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Mecca is the site of pilgrimage, or Hajj, for Muslims and the Grand Mosque houses the Kabaa, a black structure that is the equivalent of Tabernacle in Christianity and Judaism in that it is considered a dwelling place of God. When Muslims pray, no matter where they are in the world, they pray facing the Kabaa.

Conservative Christians seemed to believe the tragic accident was divine “karma,” a concept borrowed from Eastern religions unrelated to Christianity — a strange claim considering Christianity and Islam are two of the three Abrahamic religions, and they worship the same God.

The tweets, as seen here, were quite ugly:

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Video of both the crane collapsing from the outside and chaos in the immediate aftermath can be seen here, posted to YouTube by Nature Reporter.

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Fox News contributor: Criminal justice reform not needed because ‘it’s the least racist system in the country’

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy insisted on Monday that the U.S. criminal justice system is the "least racist system we have in the country."

McCarthy made the remarks during a Fox News segment about justice reform proposals from Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders to curb incarceration rates and root out institutional racism.

"It's a funny thing, I worked in the justice system for a long time," McCarthy said. "I think it's the least racist system that we have in the country, if that's possible."

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Analyst tells CNBC: Recession will hit US several months before 2020 election

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An analyst told CNBC on Monday that a recession is likely to hit the U.S. just months before the 2020 election.

"The inversion of the yield curve is a great signal that a recession is coming," Guy Lebas of Janney Capital Management explained. "Recessions by their nature are impossible to predict with any confidence but we have a few clues."

Lebas pointed to corporate capital expenditure plans as a sign of economic stress.

"They are hinting somewhere in the early to mid portion of 2020," he said of a possible recession.

Watch the video below from CNBC.

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Orange County teens busted for singing obscure Nazi song while giving Hitler salutes

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Nearly a dozen high school students from Southern California delivered Nazi salutes and sang a Nazi marching song in a video posted on social media.

The video was uploaded to Instagram by one member of the boys’ water polo team at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, along with lyrics to the song played for German troops during World War II, reported The Daily Beast.

A spokesperson for the Garden Grove Unified School District told the website administrators learned of the incident in March, four months after the video was posted, but declined to say whether any of the students were disciplined.

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