Friday, January 1, 2016

The Most Sacrilicious Hate Crime Ever

Trigger Warning:
Mmm, sacrilicious...
It seems that worshippers at a mosque in Spring Valley near Las Vegas showed up at their local mosque for Sunday morning prayer.  Unfortunately, their place of worship was desecrated in the most heinous manner possible:
Police say raw bacon was wrapped on door handles outside Masjid-e-Tawheed. Surveillance video shows worshipers finding the pork Sunday just before their early morning prayer.
Yup, you read that right.  Some horrible person, possibly Adolf Hitler reborn, had wrapped the mosque's door handles in strips of bacon.  Not the crispy, delicious bacon, though.  This bacon was very, very raw.  Fortunately, though, the mosque had security cameras, and the whole thing was caught on tape:
 Video shows that at 3:17 a.m., a man tossed bacon at the backdoor of the mosque. Seconds later the same man is seen at the front door doing the same thing. At one point he struggles to open the package as he puts a few strips in his mouth.
Okay, I love bacon as much as any red-blooded American male, but really?  This guy was apparently eating RAW bacon?  That makes me sick just thinking about it.
No, I don't think those are going to help.
The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps them find the person who put raw bacon on the door handles of a Las Vegas mosque.
The FBI said in a statement Wednesday that agents are trying to find the man seen in a surveillance video putting the meat on the entrances of the Masjid-e-Tawheed mosque. Authorities call it a desecration of the Islamic worship center.
Really?  With everything that's going on in the world the FBI is being called in to investigate a man smearing pork products on the door of a mosque?  And this is apparently enough of a priority that it warrants a $5,000 reward?

Look, I understand why the congregation would be upset about this.  Someone was enough of a dick to go out of their way to (sort of) vandalize their place of worship.  At the end of the day, though, is this enough to warrant a hate crime investigation from the freaking FBI?  Let's be honest, this is a very minor act.  It's the equivalent of someone leaving a bucket of fried chicken in front of a black church.  Nothing was damaged, and no one was hurt.  Find the guy, make him pay for the clean up, slap him with some community service, and call it a day.

This whole situation smacks of a gross overreaction on the part of the authorities. 

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