Police Step up Mosque Patrols After Discovery of Pig’s Head

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Philadelphia Police Investigate Pig’s Head Thrown at Mosque.

Philadelphia police said Tuesday plan to increase patrols around mosques as they search for the person who left a severed pig’s head outside one Sunday.U.S authorities are investigating an incident in which a pig’s head was thrown at a mosque in Philadelphia early on Monday morning, as worries grew over a rise in Islamophobia after a Muslim couple killed 14 people at a holiday party in California. Police are also looking to enhance security footage that shows someone throwing the animal’s head out the passenger door of a red pickup truck, Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. 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 Mayor-elect Jim Kenney decried what he called an act of bigotry. “We cannot allow hate to divide us now, in the face of unprecedented difficulties,” he said in a statement. 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. Surveillance video showed a red truck driving past the Al-Aqsa mosque in North Philadelphia on Sunday night and someone throwing an object from the window, police said. 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.

American Muslims have expressed concern about an increase in Islamophobia since authorities said a young Muslim couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, stormed a party attended by San Bernardino County employees on December 2, leaving 14 people dead and 21 wounded. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called on Monday for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, drawing fierce criticism from both the White House and rivals candidates in his own party.

Trump’s recent call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. a “toxic combination.” He said the real estate mogul had taken a page “from the playbook of Hitler” by demonizing all Muslims, and that he would ban Mr. 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. Nutter called Trump’s proposal “flat-out ignorant” and said, “If I had the power, the only banning that would be done is that I would ban him from Philadelphia.

We don’t have any room for that kind of stupidity here.” On Monday, Trump proposed stopping Muslims from coming to America “until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses.” His suggested ban was quickly condemned by other presidential candidates from both parties. 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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