Vandals spray paint, leave bacon at Islamic Center of Murfreesboro

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities are investigating after vandals spray painted and left bacon at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro over the weekend.

According to a press release, employees discovered curse words painted on two walls, a large panel on the east side of the building and on the basketball court’s concrete.

Authorities said bacon was also placed at an entrance of the building on Veals Road. There is a prohibition on consuming pork in Islam.

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Detectives have collected evidence and spoken with federal authorities about the crime.

“We are looking for anyone with information about people who may have talked about defiling the mosque,” Detective Sgt. Dan Goodwin said.

Anyone with information is urged to call 615-904-3034.

Mary Mancini, chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party, released the following statement on the the vandalism: “The vandalism at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is inexcusable and cannot be tolerated. We’re all Tennesseans – no matter who we are, what we look like, or where we live – and everyone who makes this state their home should feel safe to worship as they wish without being harassed. The Tennessee Democratic Party condemns this and any attacks on people of any religion and calls on all leaders in this state to make it clear that there is no place for this type of persecution in our society.”

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