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. Rooster

    I saw some kids playing in my driveway yesterday.
    Should I call the police or contact the ACLU?
    Muslims sure cry a lot!

    October 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
    • hooter

      I'll bet a good stoning would straighten them out! C'mon muslims...put your big girl panties on and go to work!

      October 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  2. Florence, SC Resident

    Advice to the world: NEVER trust a man that doesnt eat bacon!!!!

    Now can can we get to a real news story?? This isnt news.

    To all the people commenting on religious freedom in the US: All I have to say is that it is very obvious that our founding fathers intented this country to be a Christian nation. "IOne Nation under God." Not Alah. "In God we Trust." Not Alah.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
    • JT

      Your ignorance is breathtaking. Did you not get your memo from Pat Robertson? They aren't pushing the "christian nation" lie any longer since it's so glaringly incorrect that even an imbecile such as yourself should know if you had gotten past the 2nd grade.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
    • Reality resident

      Too true there Flo. I definitely think thats what our founding fathers meant when they added "In God We Trust" to our money in 1856. I'm sure they felt the same way when it was made the motto of our young fledgling nation in 1956. Perhaps Tom Jefferson and Georgie got together in the summer of 1954 and decided to add "Under God" to our pledge. No wonder America is so awesome...the founding fathers were time travelers!

      October 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
    • cristian

      True, but if it would be up to Mr. Obama that would change in a heart beat. The Sad part is that many 'bozos' in this country, who defend muslims and their faith, are the same ones who talk aginst Christian religion. I personally know 'characters' who never stop making jokes about christians but don't dare say one thing about muslims...hmmm!!! Maybe Christians should start fighting back the same way muslims do.

      October 18, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  3. PorkyPig

    Life is short, eat bacon.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  4. JohnQuest

    All jokes aside, we should be tolerant of all religions (no matter how silly). I think even our Muslim Brothers and Sisters can admit that a Bacon Defacement is not in the same class as an honor killing or making every woman wear a blanket covering their entire body.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:58 am |
    • Frogist

      @JonQuest: Yes, most of them do. I think that's what is wrong with some people's perspective. We ignore that most muslims have and want no part of killing or wearing the full hijab or any religious covering at all.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  5. jeff

    The irony in this story is that Christians and
    Jews shouldn't eat bacon either. It's an unclean
    meat from an unclean animal.
    Mankind was warned about eating bacon
    in early times by a much much higher power.
    Maybe all Christians and Jews should actually
    sit down and read our bible from Genesis
    all the way through Revelations. Then more things
    in life would make sense.
    Two of the largest pandemics in human history
    were caused from a mutated virus in pork at the
    We think because we have Harvard, Yale, and Princeton
    we are smarter than God. Not so fast my friends.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:56 am |
    • some guy

      Whatever...more bacon for me!

      If God didn't want us to eat pigs, he wouldn't have made them out of bacon. :-p

      October 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
    • Bacon, eggs and justice

      Too right, jeffy. The scientists living in their caves in the Sinai were way smarter than the bacon eating losers at America's best colleges. How dare those pig sniffing scientists in their state of the art labs dare to claim that they know more about virology and epidemiology than those goat herding, robe wearing, no flush toilet having geniuses? We never should have turned our backs on the amazing knowledge of the Sky Daddy, and his undead zombie king son. It's very clear that we need to go back to the future on this issue...who wants to start? Shall we burn down NASA, or the NIH first, Jeff?

      October 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
    • Larry Lupus

      Actually pigs are very clean animals. Certainly cleaner than most muslims

      October 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
    • S

      In the Book of Acts, St. Peter has a vision of a large blanket full of food being lowered from Heaven. He's told to kill and eat but St. Peter refuses because the blanket included unclean animals. This is done three times. While St. Peter is trying to figure out what that was about, messengers from a Gentile come asking for St. Peter to come preach to them. Jews at that time couldn't even go into the home of Gentiles or would be rendered unclean, but St. Peter goes anyway realizing that the vision meant that they weren't held to the old strictures regarding food. St. Paul in several of his epistles talks about there's no such thing as unclean meat. And Jesus himself said that food doesn't make a man unclean, but that which flows from his heart.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Larry Lupus: Well that was awfully sensitive of you.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
    • I've Tasted Bean Pie

      @ Some guy: you win the funniest comment award!

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

      Why are chickens considered 'clean'? Aren't they one source of avian flu?

      And why didn't he warn us against high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils?

      And why can't we wear linen and wool together?

      And .... (n other things forbidden for unknown reasons)

      October 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  6. Guester

    Must be a slow news day.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  7. EvilGenious


    October 14, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  8. 2ndairwinger

    Muslims should forgive and pray for guidance to whoever did this. There were those who did worst than this to Muslims yet they themselves eventually became the best of Muslims. As-sabrun jamil. Patience is beautiful.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • Andyourpoint?

      And many muslims have done far worse to christians my friend. Let's not play the victim card too long. Understand that there is still a bit of animosity toward muslims based on 9/11 and the continuing threats to kill innocent people around the world simply because they are not muslim. Political issues, and the actions of politicians do NOT justify the killing of innocent, non-military, not political people who are simply going about their lives. Those people are NOT in a position to force their gov'ts or military powers to change any actions so killing them or threatening to is NOT an acceptable political response.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
    • Medardus

      Do you know what happened at Dresden in World War II? Hiroshima? Nagasaki?

      If there were 15 Christians flying the planes into those building would you only hate only those 15? Or would you hate *all* Christians, regardless of their complicity, just because they're also Christian?

      October 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  9. me

    What a waste of good bacon.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  10. pjn

    Will the FBI really prosecute for the careful placing of bacon strips on a sidewalk? If the perps really wanted to send a message they would have used scrapple instead of bacon ,or perhaps pork roll

    October 14, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  11. Jack

    Jews don't each pork either. And it's in the Bible, too, under Leviticus. It's not like they are Hindu, where they think the animal is sacred. They just don't eat it. But the people who did that probably are too stupid to realize any of that stuff.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  12. Kammy

    "The janitor or the clergyman comes out, pick it up, mutter "@ssholes" under their breath, bag it and put it in the trash."

    Yeahhhhhh...riiiiiiiiight...that's what happens to it...suuuuuuuure...

    October 14, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  13. S

    I think CNN needs to change the headline. The mosque wasn't defaced. The sidewalk in front of it was.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:47 am |
    • FrankLW

      Good point; they did fool me..
      Of course CNN has MANY fundamentalist Muslim advertisers from the oil wealthy Gulf states, so it's understandable they'd want to make it sound more extreme, saying 'see Muslims get terrorized too"....

      October 14, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  14. FrankLW

    Maybe they were trying to teach radical Muslim terrorists how to terrorize without killing anyone.
    Yes it's criminal but reversible at least...

    October 14, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  15. Mike

    I have a Muslim skillet in my kitchen that I wish someone would 'deface' with bacon. Preferably center-cut, thick-cut and hickory-smoked. You are welcome to deface it every day if you like, preferably between 0630-0730 if you can make it.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  16. Tocino

    Perhaps the weirdo in Central Florida should have burnt bacon instead of Korans?

    October 14, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  17. MadDog

    They would have spelled "9/11" too, but they ran out of bacon.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  18. Vic

    At my church, somebody drove over the corner of the lawn with an ATV, seriously screwing up the grass. We bought some grass seed. Guess we shoulda called the FBI. Anybody's house ever get egged?

    October 14, 2010 at 11:43 am |
    • Frogist

      @Vic: Did they ATV the lawn in a satanic symbol? Have other lawns in the country been atv'd in satanic symbols too? How about we compare apples to apples?

      October 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  19. Ben

    I caught this story on my way out the door this morning. The first thing that struck me was the way the commentator was blasting the person ( or persons ) responsible. Whatever happened to just reporting the news instead of going on a personal rant. I believe in religious freedom but it seems like the only stories that get reported on are when something happens to a mosque or muslim. They'll make such a big deal out of bacon on a sidewalk but it's ok when someone gets beheaded. I guess that's acceptable. Maybe when they catch the person responsible they sould behead him.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:42 am |
    • Frogist

      @Ben: I didn't realise beheadings were so commonplace in South Carolina.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  20. Paulie

    Does that mean the mosque is tainted now and they have to leave?

    October 14, 2010 at 11:41 am |
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