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Vandals Slap Bacon on Islamic Center

'Pig Chump' spelled out in pork
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2010 11:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police were called to a South Carolina Islamic center after worshipers found the words “PIG CHUMP” spelled out in strips of bacon on a tiled walkway. They believe it was placed there during a prayer meeting between 7am and 2pm on Sunday. For a second, everyone thought it was a joke, one of the men who found it tells WMBF. “Then later on, we thought seriously and we thought, ‘You know, somebody doesn't like us.'”

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The Florence Islamic Center has been under renovation for four years, and still isn’t completely finished. “There’s absolutely nothing that identifies it as a mosque,” a Florence police major tells the AP. “It’s an insult, and I’m sure that’s what it was intended for.” One Washington-based Muslim rights group is calling on the FBI to investigate the incident. (Read more Islamophobia stories.)

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