Depictions of Jesus Christ have now become hate crimes.
That is frightening, but there must be a catch right? Nope.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 9, 2017
Surveillance footage revealed a person leaving behind a poster of Christ hanging on the Cross outside a Long Island, New York mosque, according to New 12 Long Island.
No graffiti was left and no structure was defaced. Nonetheless, police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
The picture was discovered Friday by an employee of the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park.
“My reaction was kind of surprised,” Abdul Bhuiyan told the station. “In this community…we’ve been here since 2002. This is the first time this has happened.”
Local law enforcement consider the act to be a hate crime, despite mosque officials’ claim that they don’t consider a depiction of Jesus Christ to be at all offensive.
Nonetheless, that didn’t stop officials from the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations from issuing a statement.
“Bias may have motivated this incident, but it could serve as a teaching moment for the perpetrator and for the community if it leads to greater understanding of the love Muslims have for Jesus, peace be upon him,” the statement said, according to CBS News New York.
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Hate crime? Folks on social media disagreed.
Ahh! Lucifer is alive and well
— Sallysh (@m4evr4gvn) July 9, 2017
— November’s Fire (@NovembersFire75) July 9, 2017
He would forgive them as well!
— Irene (@Merlot_Irene) July 9, 2017
What am I missing here? pic.twitter.com/5w2tJjqyjJ
— Really FUBAR (@Really_FUBAR) July 9, 2017
One person wondered what was the crime?
Even if it was “hate” which I doubt, the only possible “crime” is trespassing.
— Αγία Σοφία (@nevrchek) July 10, 2017
Another asked if it would be considered hate if the circumstances had been reversed.
If a Muslim leaves a painting of Muhammad at a Christian church, is that a hate crime? https://t.co/bAHjok797j
— Tall Man Short Hair (@TallManShort) July 10, 2017
We all know the answer to that one.
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