The carcass of a pig was dumped in the parking lot of a mosque in Lawton, Oklahoma, prompting police to investigate the incident as a hate crime. Although no suspects have been found as yet, a video surveillance camera showed a pick-up truck entering the parking lot of the mosque during the night. As the truck backs up, the pig’s carcass can be seen falling off the tailgate.
Ironically, the imam of the mosque, Hassan Ahmed, discovered the carcass on his way back from an interfaith event held with local Christians, Jews and Buddhists which focused on religious intolerance.
"I see this as we have a lot more work to do. I don't understand why anyone would do this," Ahmed said, commenting on the incident.
Ahmed said what unsettled him the most was the sheer deliberateness of the act.
“What shocked me is a person has to take a lot of preparation and time and travel and come there and drop off a wild hog in front of the mosque that is not thinking about good things for the community and for the nation. It just shocked me," he said.
There is never an excuse for acts such as these, which are first and foremost morally wrong. Moreover, for those angered about Islam or adherents to the faith which perpetrate violent attacks, what do such acts hope to accomplish?
For those truly concerned with extremist elements in the faith, civilization provides a plethora of tools to work towards positive change including dialogue, fair and constructive criticism and engagement which leads to the furthering of human rights.
However, acts like these have no place in the moral discourse.
Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org