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. Lindsay

    So stupid...

    October 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  2. The Hawk


    October 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  3. Bacon, bacon, bacon, baacon!

    Chalk one up for the bacon insurgents. They have their taliban and we have Oscar Meyer!

    October 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  4. johnnyhouse

    They have learned the squeaky wheel gets the grease. No pun intended.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  5. Alex

    dang, what a waste of bacon

    October 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  6. MommaM

    We are a country that guarantee Freedom of Religion. These people should be allowed to worship in peace – just as our forefathers came over to worship in peace. Funny how a lot of people tend to forget that.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
    • Julie

      Do you not realize war has been declared against us? Whether we want to live in peace and tolerance or not. Islam has declared war against us. They will tell you this clearly. Did you not hear what the Times Square bomber said in court? He said the war has just begun.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Our forefathers also wanted freedom FROM religion. Muslims on the other hand want to drag their primitive beliefs with them when they come here. Why come to America if your goal is to make it just like the country you left.?
      Most immigrants come here for a new beginning, some however have no such goals and continue the holy struggle to change America to suit their own image.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
    • AskAnIndian

      Our forefathers may have come to worship in peace, but it sure didn't last very long. And none of us are following the old rituals of the religion that was here when we got here. We destroyed an entire people, destroyed their religion, and now claim righteousness in all things? Just saying ask an indian how he feels about america coming to worship in peace...if you can find one.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Julie: If there was a war between us and Islam, then we would all have been dead ages ago. They outnumber us. And they probably live in your community. Yet you are still alive. And so are the rest of us. Really, let's stop being so paranoid especially against people who have nothing against you.

      October 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  7. JRS

    I'm appalled that some of you believe all Muslims are terrorists and should be ousted. The men responsible for 9-11 were radical Muslims, there are extremists in every religion. Hitler was raised Catholic and later non-denominational Christian. Should we banish all Catholics/Christians from American society while we're at it? There are nearly 5 million Muslims in the Americas, its time to evolve and practice tolerance.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
    • Julie

      The fat old women that were dancing in the streets in Pakistan on 9-11 were not terrorists living in caves. They were average, run-of-the-mill muslims. After 9-11, there were towns in Pakistan where posters of Bin Laden hung in every window....average muslims again.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
    • Mike

      Agree with Julie. Ordinary muslims were laughing and cheering like school kids on 9-11, while WTC jumpers fell like rain.
      I will never ever forget that, will never ever forgive that. I would tear down my own house if the bricks were to be used for ovens for those people.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • BaconLogic

      Really people? I know that they hate us. And they might have a few reasons too...but when those people are baking in the ovens that Mike so gladly tore down his house to make, how many of you will be dancing in the street burning their flags...thus making sure that the next generation of both cultures have to deal with this nonsense again and again and again. Wise up.

      I don't like Muslims in groups. I also don't like Christians or Jews in groups either. With individuals I can ususally find some common ground.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
    • David Johnson


      Yes. That is hard to forget.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
    • donavon

      explain the brick thing mike...

      October 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  8. Julie

    Just gotta' comment on the line from "Concerned..." who wrote: "...stoning(which the bible condones in the Old Testament." Christians follow Christ (hence the name!). Jesus had something to say about many of the laws of the Old Testament (for which he caught flak from the Pharisees). They asked him about stoning because they were going to stone a woman for adultery. Jesus said, "Let him that is without sin among you cast the first stone." They all walked away. The Christian Bible, therefore, does not condone stoning.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
    • Paulus

      Julie, give me a break. Christians do not practice whats in the bible when it comes to "stoning". They just found more creative ways to kill people...nuclear bombs, regular bombs, electrocution, gas, injections....etc.....
      So much more civilized...so much more moral to kill with other methods.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      I don't read that as Stoning is forbidden, your God could have said that Stoning is wrong and should not be done but he didn't.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • donavon

      a woman was brought before Jesus (who Christians believe is God) and He told the accusers that the ones without sin could cast the first stone. each one dropped their stones by their side, and they walked away.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
    • Julie

      I was simply responding to someone who said that stoning was in the Bible. Geesh, I can't believe the responses here.

      October 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  9. johnnyhouse

    You live almost 3/4 of a century and you find that the most important news story today is bacon grease.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  10. John Foster

    Free speech is protected under the first amendment. It may be hate speech and it may be written in bacon but it is nonetheless a freedom that is protected. It was not on the mosque. It was on a public walkway. The muslims have every right to build mosque in NY even if people don't like it. But they need to learn to accept that others are free to criticize them a well. It's a two way street.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
    • Paulus

      Apparently noone told you that we don't have free speech in all cases. Its illegal to paint or draw swastikas at Jewish temple, just like its illegal to leave bacon strips at a muslim mosque. Same thing. Its not free speech....people are free to spout whatever nonsense they want to about islam, but they can't touch or do anything to their property.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  11. maranatha

    America is dying

    October 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  12. NOWAY

    HA HA!!! thats awesome!!!

    October 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  13. Basab Dasgupta

    I am sure that our muslim president Barrack Obama will soon condemn this barbaric attack!!

    October 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  14. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, I think in in South Carolina a mosque is too close to Ground Zero... But then again most southerners think anywhere within 6000 light years (the maximum possible size of the universe in their world view) is too close to Ground Zero.

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

      I live in the south and anywhere within 6000 light years to the US is too close for this "peace loving" religion full of terrorists and child rapists who worship a child raping prophet so to hell with Islam and all it's filthy terrorists as well as supporters...you whiny people should pull the wool out from in front of your eyes and get off the fence and do something proactive to fight terrorism in our country rather than kissing the terrorists butts if anything you should feel bad for all that poor bacon that was wasted as expensive as that stuff is. I think its a real shame someone didn't burn it to the ground...now that would have been a sight to behold.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
    • SvilleSC

      You're ignorant. Just because it HAPPENED in SC doesn't mean everyone in SC is ignorant and bigoted. It just means some idiot did something stupid-which could happen anywhere. I was born up North but I have lived in the South for a long time, and I have seen a lot of prejudice-but mostly it's Southerners hating Northerners and vice versa. Get over it already. Our family trees don't fork? Wow, what an original statement. Have you considered stand up comedy?

      October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
    • Frogist

      @SvilleSC: Please read whiteknight's post. He's making people from the south look like prejudiced, violent, uncivilized, ignoramuses.

      October 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  15. johnnyhouse

    Think about it.Before 9-11 were you happier and did you feel safer? How do you feel now?If you feel better you probably have changed religions.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  16. the duck

    FBI investigation..More police patrols..My taxes pay for this..OVER BEACON!!!!! Its a breakfast foods not a weapon.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  17. Big Tex

    Down with all the MUSLIMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
    • mike

      Down with idiots, and Big Tex, if the shoe fits were it!

      October 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
    • jonah of arkansas

      no mike- if the shoe fits WHERE IT!!!!!!!!

      or "wear"it.

      October 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  18. Whaaa?

    This is not news CNN. Not even close.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  19. KD

    Does this mean we can expect a big stink about "bacon boarding" those poor guys at Guantanamo?

    October 14, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  20. TrueFax

    This was a prank, it's not like swastica's were painted on the walls or windows were broken. Creative, wastefull but a creative prank. There are mosques that have had a lot worse done to them but we don't hear about it, why choose to cover the bacon story? Not the spray painted racial slurs and the rest? How about the assaults?

    Oh whell bacon is funny? This incident is not news, file it under entertainment.

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

      Windows were broken in the same mosque recently.

      October 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
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