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Calif. Muslims Want Fed Probe of Pig-leg Vandalism

Calif. Muslims want fed probe of pig-leg vandalism

(SacBee)

ONTARIO, Calif.—Pig’s legs were thrown on the proposed site of a Southern California mosque, and a Muslim civil rights group is asking federal officials to investigate.

Worshippers said two women threw the three legs onto the driveway of the proposed Al-Nur Islamic Center in Ontario shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday and sped away in a white pickup, said Munira Syeda, spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Pork is forbidden to practicing Muslims and pigs are considered unclean animals.

“This is Ramadan. It’s the holiest time of the year for most Muslims, so it’s especially offensive,” Syeda said Friday.

The site is a house where Muslims gather to worship until a mosque is built there, Syeda said.

A security guard saw the incident and a vandalism report was filed with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

No arrests have been made, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.

In a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday, the council urged the government to open a hate-crime investigation.

“Only firm action by local, state and federal law enforcement authorities will send the message that bias-motivated attacks on Muslims, or Americans of any faith, will not be tolerated,” CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said in a statement.

No investigation has been opened, but it could be in the future if officials believe it is warranted, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

Plans for the proposed mosque are still in the approval process and some residents have expressed opposition, Syeda said.

Some worry that the mosque will create traffic and other problems, but some simply do not want a Muslim house of worship in the city, she said.

“Unfortunately, there’s a wave of anti-Islamic sentiment around the country,” Syeda said. “It’s a time for Americans to remember our values of pluralism and diversity.”

The vandalism came only days after four teenagers were arrested for allegedly throwing lemons and oranges at a mosque in the San Francisco Bay area of Hayward. It occurred last Saturday during prayers at the American Muslim Association.

Four Hayward boys, ages 13 to 16, were arrested on suspicion of vandalism that interfered with the civil rights of the worshippers.

It was one of several recent vandalism attacks on the mosque, authorities said.

CAIR’s national headquarters issued a community safety advisory for U.S. mosques this week following “other incidents targeting mosques” in Missouri and Rhode Island and after the deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the group said.

 

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  • Khalid

    @carl

    I don’t think thats very fair.

    What percentage of Christians are this loony in the head?

    I’ll bet not a huge percentage, just a highly publicized bigotted stunts coming from the biggoted percentage.

  • Abbey

    Thats it now – the Mosque won’t be built… these haters are sooo stupid.

  • Garibaldi

    @Carl,

    I too echo Ilisha’s statement. How are we ever going to progress as a people when we respond to bigotry with bigotry? That doesn’t make any sense.

  • @carl

    Ilisha is right that is a pretty hate filled over generalization. Plus do we even know what the religious beliefs of the guy who did this was? Granted its very unlikely he was a Muslim, since this seems to be an act of hate directed at Muslims, and most likely he was a Christian, since most Americans are, however we don’t know. The guy who did this could be an atheist for all we know. But regardless, you really shouldn’t make statements like that, especially if you want to help fight bigotry against Muslims or any other group of people.

  • carl

    There is no hate too low and despicable for Christians. What a shameful bunch of people.

  • Garibaldi

    This fetish with using pig’s as a symbol of anti-Muslim hate, tossing it at Muslims, forcing Muslims to eat it, etc. goes back to the Crusades.

  • Cyrus

    Well Mindy, this attack took place in Ontario, I.E the “Inland Empire”…Or as we in Los Angeles jokingly refer to it as, the “Inbred Empire.”

    There are some surprisingly conservative counties and places in California. Both Orange County and San Diego county, pretty much sum up what it means to be a Republican.

  • @mindy1

    Why should any place on Earth be free of irrational hatred? Sad, but that’s the way it is.

  • mindy1

    I always thought that CA was supposed to be a tolerant state, sad that the hate is spreading 🙁

  • @Emperor

    This again? What do these people actually think this will do? Do they think that this will do what? Do they think that Muslims are so scared of pigs that they will just run away and never come back or something?

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