Nutter offers reward, vows response to mosque incident

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Philadelphia Police Investigate Pig’s Head Thrown at Mosque.

Early Monday morning, NBC Phildalphia reports, the manager of a North Philadelphia mosque discovered a bloody, severed pig’s head that surveillance footage later showed had been thrown at the building from a red pickup truck. This is the second time the the Al Aqsa Islamic Society has been targeted in recent weeks: a few days after the Paris attacks, an unidentified called and left a voicemail. “I hope you people are happy about what you did in Paris,” the man said, according to NBC. “I’d just like to state for the record that Allah is a piece of pork shit.” The Quran prohibits Muslims from eating pork.

Mayor Michael Nutter convened a news conference in which he was flanked by several dozen of the city’s religious and political leaders to condemn the incident at the mosque and call for greater tolerance. Philadelphia police told the Washington Post that the object was thrown from the passenger side of the truck, and that the vehicle’s occupants are not visible in the video footage. A day earlier, a pig’s head was discovered at the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society mosque in Philadelphia, according to Marwan Kreidie, a spokesman for the mosque.

Kreidie said the incident could be considered a ‘hate crime’, and blamed the recent rhetoric of Republican presidential candidates, such as Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US. A worker opening the mosque, which is in the same building as an Islamic school and the Arab American Development Corp., found the pig’s head around 6 a.m.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said police are trying to use video footage to identify the license plate of the vehicle and find the perpetrator. Trump from the city if he could. “Donald Trump has made himself a danger to our society and the freedoms that we enjoy by seeking to turn American against American, all for the sake of electoral points,” Mr. In November, shots were fired at a mosque in Connecticut, vandals painted graffiti on a mosque in Nebraska and a fake explosive device was left at the front gate of a mosque in Virginia. Over the weekend, a Sikh house of worship in Orange County, Calif., was targeted by vandals who spray-painted gang symbols and references to ISIS, according to the Sikh Coalition, a group that represents victims of hate crimes.

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