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Bacon strewn at B.C. mosque prompts hate crime probe

3 October 2012 General 14 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
The Islamic Society of B.C. building was also subject to vandalism in March 2011. (CBC)

The Islamic Society of B.C. building was also subject to vandalism in March 2011. (CBC)

The RCMP is investigating the possibility of a hate crime after several piles of bacon were found outside a mosque in Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Police say it’s the second such act of vandalism and mischief at the Islamic Society of British Columbia mosque and Islamic Centre in the last 18 months.

Muslims consider pork impure.

Society president Saad Bahr said Tuesday it’s clear the action was intended to offend, but his group would welcome the opportunity to speak to those responsible and have them learn about Muslim beliefs.

“We believe that whoever is responsible for this act does not know us and does not understand what we stand for,” Bahr said in a news release.

Coquitlam RCMP Supt. Claude Wilcott said police are disturbed someone would deliberately choose to target the society.

Wilcott said investigators haven’t been able to eliminate the possibility that the two incidents were motivated by hatred.

“We want to send a clear message that we take this type of activity seriously and it won’t be tolerated in our jurisdiction.”

Police were called to the same mosque in March last year after someone spray painted two racially offensive words on the outside wall of the mosque.

Deliberate act

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jamie Chung said the act could just be a stupid practical joke, but for now police are looking at the possibility it was a crime directed at the Muslim religion.

Chung said the bacon was scattered around the property in piles of four or five pieces each.

“It is very deliberate if [they] spread them out in several different places. It is not just someone walking by and dropping a package of bacon on the sidewalk.”

The property is equipped with closed circuit cameras and investigators are in the process of reviewing the video.

Police are also seeking the public’s help in trying to find who dumped the bacon, which was discovered last Wednesday, Chung said.

The Coquitlam RCMP has been working with the Islamic Society of B.C. and the Integrated Provincial Hate Crimes Unit on the investigation.

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  1. maybe it was the bacon barter guy. he may have been lost and thought he was renting a room for the night. so why is it that pork scares muslims do? pigophobia? strange disorder, don’t you think?

    http://www.baconbarter.com/

  2. Such an ignorant thing to do. Do they sit around thinking of things to do that will offend others? What a waste of effort. Couldn’t they be more productive? Jewish people don’t eat pork either but I dont see them throwing bacon at them. It’s all about respect and the people doing this have none. Disgusting…

  3. Khasheesh,

    “Such an ignorant thing to do.” but blowing yourself up is a great thing to do. rioting, super intelligent. putting people to death for blasphemy, forward thinking. lashing people, knowledgable of the koran. rajm, enlightened.

    perhaps, the bacon people feel provoked by the killing of our ambassador? you don’t find it strange that when muslims actually kill people, theo van gogh, the cartoon riots, the koran burning riots and now the movie riots, excuses are made. it is not an example of something being wrong in islam. people dismiss it as the acts of a few, a small minority. 9/11, 3/11, 7/7. but when someone vandalizes a mosque or does the “hidious” act of leaving pig parts, it is a sign of the hatred in the western world? why don’t muslims follow the advise of your beloved prophet, jesus.

    You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

    “It’s all about respect and the people doing this have none. Disgusting…” but muslims on the other hand have oodles of respect.

  4. its just stupid

  5. No one said the entire western world was evil for this act. It’s just a couple of people who decided to spend a lot of money and time in order to provoke others. Seems like their working pretty hard just to be jerks (not evil, just jerks).

    Especially with food prices so high right now. You’d think they could find a better use for the much food.

  6. So being ignorant of other’s religions and what their religion calls for is considered being civil? And to do it knowing that bacon is considered impure in Islam, then there is something majorly wrong with those people! And mike, I think you are one ignorant person to take all Muslims as being the same, we don’t all blow up places,its a few people and there are such people in every religion. Not all white people are white supremacists and are part of the KKK. So I suggest you educate yourself first and be mindful of other religions. We have freedom of speech in America and if one group is attacking the other then yes we have a right to say that it is wrong and do something about it! And yes we do have respect, we do not go around vandalizing churches atleast!

  7. I believe united nation need to adrress this issue, how can someone could take to hate fellow human beings because of his believe or religion?

  8. The msm has a news media on muslim crimes and who knows if they are attacking churches or Jews or gays or any of the others on their hit list.

  9. “I believe united nation need to adrress this issue, how can someone could take to hate fellow human beings because of his believe or religion?”

    Yhe UN could also address the hatred many muslims have for non muslims which they act out far more murderously than putting some bacon near a mosque.

  10. I do not know Olaitan, what about asking the muslim Imam who tried to frame and get a 12 year old Christian girl killed. What about asking the Muslims that moved 900 Christians from their home. What about asking the groups of Muslims that destroyed dozens of religious sites near Bangladesh last week. How about asking the Muslims in Morroco who are calling for the expulsions of all Christians. How about asking those Muslims who captured the 11 year old Christian boy and then cut his lips and nose off while he was alive before gutting him and removing his insides. Then we can start talking about Bacon.

  11. I meant to say the msm has a news blanket on muslim crime.

  12. Alzy,

    “And mike, I think you are one ignorant person to take all Muslims as being the same,” i have never said that “all” muslims are the same. quite the contrary. i see many differances in the sects of islam. many cultural differances from morraco to the maldives.
    “we don’t all blow up places,” of course not. the whole islamic and much of the rest of the world would be on fire.
    “its a few people” it maybe a few on a percentage level. but if you do the math, according to this website .04% of muslims are terrorists. if there are 1.5 billion muslims (many muslims claim more) that means there are 600,000 muslim terrorists. plus for every one that is a terrorists there are thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of sympathizers. don’t you think?
    “and there are such people in every religion.” maybe. well i’ve never heard of an amish terrorist, or meninites, or jain? “every religion”? you do know there are pacifist religions? the abrahamics don’t make up the “entire” world. you seem to be the one using superlatives incorrectly. but you have to admit that within the islamic world there are alot more people blowing things up. usually mosques and markets, not churches though. maybe a lack of targets? why is that? when was the last time someone, other than a muslim blew up a mosque or anything else killing multiple persons?
    “Not all white people are white supremacists and are part of the KKK. So I suggest you educate yourself first and be mindful of other religions.” well i’ve read the koran, well a translation of the koran. it’s not really the koran unless it is in arabic, i’ve been told. what do you think? i have to learn arabic before i can speak? i’ve read many hadiths.
    “We have freedom of speech in America and if one group is attacking the other then yes we have a right to say that it is wrong and do something about it!” awesome, i agree totally. unless by doing something about it you mean to jail someone or by calling for a world wide blasphemy law or to riot or to kill our ambassador.
    “And yes we do have respect, we do not go around vandalizing churches atleast!” now i’m confused? what do you mean by “we”. if i apply your standard to that comment, as you do to mine, are you saying “all” muslims don’t vandalize churches? you are certainly not saying that? you do read the news? you are familar with boko haram, the christmas day bombing of the copts in egypt, the senagalese ransacking 8 churches in the capital? do “we” respect freedom of speech?

    looks like they updated this list. the grenade attack in kenya is on it. i didn’t even see the 10/2 incident. i’ll have to google.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/ChristianAttacks.htm

    anyways always good to hear a new voice. and yes i am ignorant of much. i don’t claim to be omniscient. do you?

  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19807964

    looks like it may not have been religiously motivated. a student union beef. they must take their student union seriously in nigeria. what would your guess be alzy?

    “Rivalry between different groups of students, sometimes influenced by national politics, religion and ethnicity,” sounds kind of tribal yet urban? things that make you go hmmmm.

    ya’ll probably don’t know cc music factory.

  14. I don’t think any of these conflicts are religiously motivated in the sense that the perps flip open the Koran and say let’s follow this verse here. The conflicts are based on the tribal idea of getting rid of the people that are not of the tribe.

    E.g. the imam or mullah finds a way to get rid of the Christians by setting one up for blasphemy, or just killing children in order to make their parents flee the area so their property can be seized.

    The different thing is evil, it must be gotten rid of.

    Wealthy educated muslims simply try to jerk the laws around to achieve domination.

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