If loving bacon is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.
The Hate Crimes Division of the NYPD has been called in to investigate an incident at the New Dorp Beach field after bacon was found on the ground before a Ramadan service.
It’s being investigated as a hate crime — someone scattered pieces of bacon over the New Dorp Beach field where the borough’s Muslim community celebrated the end of Ramadan Sunday morning.
But that act of desecration failed to ruin what organizers described as a successful celebration — about 1,500 worshipers gathered at the John D’Amato Field at New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue, unaware of the early morning police investigation that preceded the ceremony.
“Everything went smoothly,” said Dr. Mohamed Sadeia, president of the Muslim American Society on Staten Island, which organized the gathering. “The community is really not aware of it.
Dr. Sadiea was one of a handful of organizers who noticed the uncooked bacon on a small section of the field at about 8 a.m.
He said he contacted police, but kept the incident and investigation quiet, because he didn’t want to distress the adults and children gathering for morning prayers.
“They didn’t want to ruin the happiness of one of the only two holidays of the entire year,” said Hesham El-Meligy, the founder of the Islamic Civic Association-Staten Island, who said he didn’t attend the outdoor ceremony but had heard about the incident.
An police spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday that the NYPD’s Hate Crime Unit is investigating the incident.
Adherents of Islam are forbidden to eat pork.
Granted, if somebody did this knowing full-well that the religion of Islam forbids pork, then it is certainly a prank in poor taste. But it hardly amounts to the level of a hate crime.
Especially in light of some cases in which Christians were targeted, and the assailants were not charged with hate crimes.
Examples of that include:
This brick assault on a Christian church.
High school basketball players assaulted for Tebowing.
More recently, the shooting at the Family Research Center, in which the Obama administration refused to consider the event a hate crime.
The above incidents could easily be considered more vile. But bacon on a field where Ramadan is being celebrated, while tasteless, is not hate.
Herein lies the root of why it is utterly ridiculous for the United States to recognize religious holy days/months for radical Islamists facing trials for terrorism.
Last week, a U.S. military judge agreed to postpone the trials of five terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks, presumably out of respect for their Muslim holy period of Ramadan.
While our military courts are respecting the holy days celebrated by the terrorists, the terrorists have no intention of respecting that same religious period.
Just into the second day of Ramadan, Iraqi terrorists have killed 25 people.
Bombs in Shiite areas of Iraq claimed the lives of 25 people Sunday, the second day of the Muslim holy month Ramadan. An Iraqi soldier and a policeman also died in separate incidents.
The violence started in the morning, when a car bomb exploded outside a popular restaurant in the central city of Najaf, about 100 miles south of Baghdad, an official with Iraq’s Interior Ministry said. Five people were killed and 14 others were wounded.
Just before sunset, when Muslims break their daily Ramadan fast, three roadside bombs exploded within a few minutes of each other at the crowded al-Tameem market in a predominantly Shiite area in Baghdad’s southern outskirts, police officials in the capital said. Fifteen people were killed and 60 others wounded, police said.
Why are we respecting the religious holiday of people who have no respect for it themselves?