‘No mosque in NYC’ pig left at Islamic centre in California



The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) today called on law enforcement authorities to initiate a hate crime investigation of an incident in which a mock pig inscribed with “No Mosque in NYC” was left at a California Islamic center.

CAIR-SV said the pig, which was left earlier this month in the mailbox of the mosque, was also inscribed with “Remember 9-11” and “MO HAM MED the Pig.”

Representatives of the local Muslim community have contacted law enforcement authorities, but have asked that the name of the facility not be made public due to security concerns.

“This incident is a further symptom of the growing anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide sparked by the hysterical smear campaign targeting the planned Islamic community center in Manhattan,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. “We again ask mainstream religious and political leaders to speak out against such un-American intolerance.”

CAIR press release, 29 August 2010