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

soundoff (634 Responses)
  1. Kevin D.

    Of course, this will become part of the Muslim-in-America-'we-are-so-oppressed' myth. Fifty years from now, when reading news articles, you'll think that Muslims were being tarred and feathered daily. With a country of 315 million you'll have things like this happen, it's not right but this is kinda snoresville.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  2. paulmullethair

    EPIC!!! Take a hint. No one wants you around.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
    • Paulus

      No one wants idiots with mullet hair around either. Yet you're still here. Go back to whereever your people came from.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  3. PorkyPig

    Obama should invite them to the White House for a beer summit... Oh wait, they can't drink alcohol either...

    October 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
    • DaffyDuckAndCover

      No beer, no bacon, women covered with blankets, no wonder these people are so angry all the time.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  4. JohnQuest

    I think our Muslims Brothers and Sister will look at this like a cross burning in their front yard. I tell you from experience, that's no laughing matter, it causes you to question the upbringing and parentage of a person (and the people that support it), that would something like that. Yes it is scary especially to children and humiliating to adults, a man may feel like he can not protect his home. We are entering dangerous territory.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  5. jeff

    Hey, Bacon Eggs and Justice........
    You should never take cover under a tree
    during a lightening storm. Just ask one of your
    Harvard scientists. Or better yet, let that scientist
    take cover under that tree with you....Mr. ancestor
    of a monkie.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  6. asd80

    If our federal government wastes any money investigating bacon-related incidents just because someone is offended by it....then I have lost ALL faith in this country.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  7. kelly

    you dont get stonings much overseas anymore i lived in the middle east for almost a year and im married to a saudi

    October 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  8. johnnyhouse

    Whether people die of obesity from eating pork or trying to get Heroin out of Afghanistan they will take up the same space in the ground. Worry is what kills you. Is the postman coming today?

    October 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  9. Platypus

    Maybe it was Kosher bacon strips with the kosher sign U, or MK, or K?

    October 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  10. Dre T

    We cannot generalize and say all Muslims. There are fanatical Muslims just like there are fanatical Christians. Concerned Person you are 100% correct on your view. Only an ignorant person will disagree with you. Those are facts that you stated and not opinion. Well said.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
    • johnnyhouse

      Keep believing that.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  11. Bryan

    So I can go to a random funeral, disrespect that religious order by saying that this person's child died because hates the US because we accept gays...but I cannot write words in bacon?

    Hmmmm....seems some sensitivities are a bit off here.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  12. Sagebrush Shorty

    By all means call in the FBI. The perpetrators will of course be accused of a hate crime, even if they are just kids. The Obama administration will demand jail time for all and an apology to the Mosque will quickly follow.
    An Islamic kill contract will immediately be issued for the Infidels in question and they will have to go into hiding along with the cartoonists..
    Peaceful Islam.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  13. johnnyhouse

    Does the good book not say that you are judged more for what comes from your mouth than what crosses you palate?

    October 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  14. Eggs Ackley

    How touching and appropriate! In South Carolina, the obesity capital of the world, they used bacon. Maybe the gesture wasn't intended as defacement at all, but as a peace offering–like giving someone your most prized possession. Was it fried?

    October 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  15. johnnyhouse

    Why were they not investigating flight schools who were teaching just takeoffs?An airplane,as far as I know has not overcome the perpetual motion law yet.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  16. jeff

    Hey, Bacon Eggs and Justice........
    You should never take cover under a tree
    during a lightening storm. Just ask one of your
    Harvard scientists. Or better yet, let that scientist
    take cover under that tree with you....Mr. ancestor
    of a monky.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
    • BakinBaconforJesus

      Lack of belief in fairy tales does not equate a complete lack of common sense, though it seems the inverse might be true. Check out Dawn's comment if you want a serious discussion about why under educated, ignorant people two thouand years ago decided certain meat was a no no....As for me, saying magic words, staying away from certain foods, or cutting the end of my penis off might bring me closer or farther away from some mythical god figure. I'll stick with Bacon and common sense for now, thank you very much.

      And I'm not too concerned about having monkey's in my family tree....it's more the family of man that I am embarassed of.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
    • Julie

      The reason pork was originally outlawed by God thousands of years ago was because the Israelites (who were semi-civilized at the time) were not using it safely. Pork has to be boiled and boiled in order to kill the trich (short for the hard to spell name) worm. It was much easier to pass a law not to eat it than to explain how the food needed to be handled safely. There were also laws about not putting raw meat in wooden bowls, etc., and everyone was told to step outside the camp when they defecated and have a little paddle with them to bury it. Apparently some people needed practical advise.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  17. Billingsworth

    How the heck is the FBI going to investigate this? Raid refrigerators? Test for nitrates on fingers? Corner the bacon-istas, ending in a cook-off?

    "Uh-huh.. I know what you're thinking... did he fry 6 strips or only 5? Well, truth is, in all this excitement, I kinda lost track myself. But this being hickory smoked bacon, the most powerful bacon in the world, AND WOULD BLOW YOUR HEAD CLEAN OFF... there's just one thing you gotta ask yourself; Do I feel lucky? Well punk... do ya?"

    October 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • AGeek

      I DO feel lucky! Bacon me, baby!

      October 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  18. Baconisyummy

    Who in their right mind complains about FREE BACON?!?!

    October 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • kirosmn

      You are an immature hillbilly!

      October 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  19. dawn

    So is it true that if a mosque has any kind of pig products put inside it that it is permanently unclean and can no longer be used? This happened OUTSIDE the mosque, but would it be different if it happened IN the mosque?

    Also, people didn't really know about swine diseases then like they do now. Pigs nowadays are specially treated to remove the worms or whatever that disease is called. Back then, if you got it, you died a horrible, and long death. Humans also didn't understand at all about the overconsumption of pigs causing heart disease. We can treat the animals now and understand the importance of a diet with limited pork in it. Wouldn't God expect us to use some maturity, and take this information and use it accordingly instead of the whole UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN routine?

    Isn't it interesting that all the foods that Jews and muslims claim God has forbidden man to eat have centuries later, in our high tech world, been proven to have health problems associated with their over consumption. Things that man had no way of knowing about or avoid. Even the rules about not eating uncooked blood.
    That's just one of my reasons to suspect the existence of God.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
    • Tracy

      I think you mean Trichinosis (the desease from pork). And you can still get it and die from it even now a days.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
    • eyebeam

      Sorry,dawn, but you have no idea what you're talking about. Ancient people were quite aware of the necessity of cooking pork well, and there are other diseases that can be caught from undercooked beef. The pig prohibition has more to do with the pig being raised by the urban Canaanites, who sacrificed pigs to their gods. There may be other reasons certain foods are restricted, but that doesn't prove anything about god. It just means the tribal elders decided to ban them for some reason, which may or may not make sense today.

      October 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Just wondering why God didn't make chicken unclean? With salmonella and avian flu, it's bad news.
      And why didn't s/he warn us about high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils?
      And what's his/her problem with wearing linen and wool together anyway?

      October 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • Some_Truth


      People all over the world learned about the adverse effects of eating certain things, like poisonous plants, by trial and error, observation and experience. No god necessary.

      When will people understand that the Bible came from stories of Middle Eastern goat-herders who were trying to figure out how the world works.

      October 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  20. Tortuga

    I only have one thing to say about this tragedy.
    BWA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....................

    October 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
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