The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking law enforcement to investigate pieces of pork spread around their place of worship.
Early morning prayers went on without a hitch Sunday at this Edmond mosque… But by the time families and children arrived for Sunday school at noon… A vandal had left a strong message.
“Somebody left bacon and pork products in front of the mosque,” said Adam Soltani, Executive Director of CAIR-OK.
Soltani tells us the raw pork and bacon was spread in the parking lot and went up to the door even wrapping around the door handle.
He says Muslims are not allowed to eat pork, and try not to even touch it due to their religious beliefs.
“Someone would have to know that, would have to go out of their way to put that there in hopes of offending or sending some kind of hateful message. It’s really sad that a place that where we feel safe and feel peace, that something like this would happen,” said Soltani.
And this isn’t the only incident that happened over the weekend. Soltani says someone fired a B.B. gun at a mosque in central Oklahoma late Saturday night, shattering 2 windows.
“There’s been this growing fear, this growing atmosphere of Islamophobia throughout the state where we’ve seen increased hate rhetoric, hate speech from elected officials, from the pulpits of some churches sadly, and other segments of society,” said Soltani.
Soltani says CAIR-OK is encouraging mosques in the area to install security cameras, and reminding Muslims to be aware of their surroundings.
As for the perpetrators of the hate crime and others, Soltani has this message:
“I would hope that they would get to know a Muslim, and get to know more about our faith. And to know that our faith is all about peace and love and compassion, and working along with neighbors of all faiths to make our state and country a better place,” said Soltani.
Soltani says CAIR-OK has reached out to state and federal law enforcement to investigate both incidents as hate crimes. They’ve also reached out to Oklahoma politicians, asking them to take a stand against intolerance and hate speech towards Muslims.
Cair Oklahoma is asking any community members who witness or are victim to any type of hate crimes or hate speech against Muslims to call police and CAIR’s civil rights department.
Source: Fox News
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