October 13th, 2010
03:29 PM ET

South Carolina mosque defaced with bacon

From CNN South Carolina affiliate WMBF:

A national Muslim civil rights and advocacy group is calling on the FBI to investigate a message written in bacon at mosque in Florence.

Three chair members of the Islamic Center in Florence discovered the words "pig" and "chump" written in strips of bacon on the walkway along the mosque Sunday afternoon.

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Filed under: Food • Islam • South Carolina • United States

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  1. Slab Squatthrust

    "Florence Auto Paint and Islamic Center" – has a nice ring to it.

    October 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  2. eastcoast6

    Get your bacon items here: http://www.mcphee.com/shop/search.php?search_query=bacon&x=11&y=4. What you do with them is up to you. πŸ™‚

    October 14, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
    • jonah of arkansas

      huh huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh!

      October 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  3. Anon

    I'm sorry but I actually think this is the funniest "hate crime" (if you can really call it that) I've ever seen. First of all, the mosque was not defiled, the bacon was on the walkway outside of the mosque. I'm sure the patrons of the church have worse things on their shoes than bacon. Secondly, Muslims would be defiling churches all over the country if it were possibly to do so but the Christian religion does not hold that a building is sacred and therefore one cannot really defile a church. In conclusion, bacon is delicious and I would not have wasted it on a sidewalk.

    October 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Anon, I heard the same ridiculous argument about cross burning (it wasn't on their property it was public property, in front of their home), still wrong.

      October 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
    • Anon

      It is offensive, not illegal. Welcome to America!

      October 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Anon, I am no civil rights lawyer but this might cross (pun intended) into attempted intimidation, which I think is a crime. There may be a few lawyers blogging with us they may have a better idea of what the law says about this.

      October 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  4. Anon.

    You people that are making of joke of it realize it's offensive because Islam says hogs are unclean and cleanliness is of the highest regard in Islam, right? Meaning that plastering bacon all over their place of worship would be equivalent to a bunch of kids burning crosses in a church yard or spray painting upside-down pentacles on the church itself–offensive to Christians, something to giggle about or shrug off to others. Educate yourself before you make a farce of things.

    October 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • Anon

      The bacon was not on the mosque at all, much less "all over it". The bacon was on the walkway outside of the mosque and did not permanent damage to anything so no, it is not the same as burning crosses or spray painting on the building.

      October 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
    • Anon.

      On the building or not, it's incredibly disrespectful nonetheless. While vandalism is obviously "damaging" it was an example–sorry if you failed to noticed. I could say you'd be offended if someone smeared shellfish in front of your church, but christains seem to forget they're not supposed to eat that...sort of like Muslims not eating pork.

      October 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
    • Anon

      Christians have no dietary restrictions as of the time that Christ was born. The word Christian means follower of Christ, which means one adheres to the values of the New Testament. Please educate yourself.

      All I'm saying is that Christian buildings are vandalized all the time, as are abortion clinics, military recruiting stations, etc and it is no big deal. This is only a big deal because for some reason Muslims expect to not have to deal with the usual critics.

      October 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
    • Anon.

      It's still in the bible, which is the holy book of christianity, is it not? I find it funny how christians can justify distancing themselves from the roots of their religion so easily, espeically when there's a point made that they want to avoid.

      October 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
    • Anon.

      ^Adding to that, it seems to make a difference of what branch of christianity you are as to whether or not one identifies with old testament. Perhaps that means it doesn't pertain to you in particular, but the principle of the thing is still there. How about that "do unto others" thing....

      October 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  5. Joe Blow

    I can think of a lot of better things to spell out than "pig" and "chump". If you are going to do it, do it right!

    October 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • Anon

      Kinda sounds like middle schoolers did it.

      October 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  6. brian

    # 1 suspect .... Oscar Mayer.

    October 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
    • KamaraSune


      October 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  7. Corvus1

    If those freaks had the money to spend on a rasher of bacon, you'd think they could go cook dinner for a homeless guy instead of wasting it on a hate message?

    October 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  8. Peace Loving Hippie

    To give all a perspective on Muslim population and the amount of radical Muslim's who all Americans seem to think of as the whole.

    Don't they teach in school that the reason the United States even exists the way it does today is because people from Europe were escaping religious persecution?

    Love is to big for just one nation, and
    God is to big for just one religion!

    October 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  9. Joe Blow

    I can think of some better words to spell out than "pig" and "chump". If you're gonna do it, do it RIGHT!

    October 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  10. jeff t

    what if it was turkey bacon?

    October 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  11. LB

    Obviously the bacon itself is not hurtful...It’s the idea/motive behind putting the bacon on their mosque's property that is ignorant. Correct, there are Muslim terrorist just like there were/are Christian terrorist (KKK). However, to generalize a population as evil or negative because of their religion is very ignorant. Another classic example of Americans trying to impose "their culture on others". This may not be a big deal to Christians and non-Muslims but to the Muslim community it is, and I can't understand the need to be insensitive to that. I am a Christian, but someone can please explain to me the fundamental reasons why Islam is bad?

    October 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  12. eric

    the reason it is such a big deal is because pork and its by-products are forbidden in the islamic culture. i don't know if this is true or not but I've been told while i was in Iraq, that coming in contact with a pig or pork product may result in said muslim man or woman going to hell.

    i'd say it is a pretty big deal, despite the "bacon joke" tellers comments. i'm an atheist BTW.

    October 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  13. bubba

    I'm curious what law has been violated by leaving bacon on this property

    October 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  14. Lee

    Here is the crime that should be investigated...

    Wasting good bacon...


    October 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  15. Patrick C

    I freakin' Love Bacon!

    October 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  16. maks

    ...better solution is to outsource raising pigs to India!

    October 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  17. Tiger

    Everyone, name the religion, whose praying places are used on daily basis to spread hatred against others.

    October 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  18. LMH

    Another example of how stupid and hurtful people can be, and a better example of the embarassment of the South Carolinians.

    October 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  19. msaprilr

    How dare you! You'd better watch out or I'm gonna leave bacon on your sidewalk!

    October 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  20. Tiger

    Everyone, name the religion, where leaving the religion is punished by death.

    October 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
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