Edmond Muslims Question Timing Of Mosque Vandalism

Monday, April 13th 2015, 4:17 pm
By: Karl Torp

The leaders of a local mosque were outraged over vandalism to their place of worship.

On Sunday between 6:30 a.m. and noon someone wrapped bacon around the front door of the Islamic Society of Edmond.

Other strips of bacon were left on the ground.

Pork is offensive to Muslims and the discovery was made before a religious studies class at the facility next to UCO.

‘We don't know what kind of message they are trying to send, but it's something that is hurtful to the Muslim community,” said Adam Soltani with the Council of American Islamic Relations of Oklahoma.

Soltani said he informed the FBI about the vandalism.

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He also questioned the timing of the incident.

He told News 9 the mosque's revised plans to expand to three times its current size will go before the Edmond Planning Commission.

When the plans were originally voted on by Edmond City Council, a local pastor spoke out against the expansion and compared mosque leaders with the terror group Hamas.

Soltani hopes investigators take the recent vandalism seriously.

He also has hope for the culprit.

“I would invite to come and learn more about the Islamic faith,” said Soltani.