Philadelphians Fight Back Against Religious Hate By Targeting Islamic Place Of Worship
By: Glen Jessie
A group of Philadelphians made a strong statement against religious hate Monday when they left a severed pigs head at the door of a North Philadelphia mosque.
Surveillance video outside of the Al Aqsa Islamic Society Mosque captured the assailants, who had nothing better to do on a Sunday night than drive around in their truck with a dead animal head, circling by the mosque multiple times before depositing the head at the doorstep of the building.
The pigs head, which is considered an insult to Muslims who observe halal dietary laws, was discovered by employees early Monday morning.
This instance of ethnic intimidation comes as a sharp retaliation to the zero instances of radical Islamic terrorism that have plagued Philadelphia in 2015.
Supporters of the attackers took to the streets Monday to express their approval.
“The message sent by leaving this crusted, bloody porcine head outside of a peaceful place of worship is clear – we will not tolerate the religion of hate in this country,” said Sunoco A-Plus cashier Wendy Scarpone.
Ethnic crime experts are warning onlookers not to rush to judgement when it comes to the motive for this attack.
“An attack of this kind may seem on the surface to be attributable to religious hate, but really be about something else,” said Temple University International Studies Professor Don Berkowicz.
“There could be many different alternative causes – general underachieving despite immense privilege, poor sexual performance, being raised by parents who are vile people – it’s hard to say without knowing the perpetrators,” Berkowicz said.
Lt. John Stanford, speaking for the Philadelphia Police Detectives, stated that the investigation is beginning with professors emeritus at local universities.
“All signs point to this attack being perpetrated by well-adjusted scholars, most likely with PhDs,” Stanford said.
“The investigation will start with the University of Pennsylvania’s most senior faculty members,” he added.