Vigil Held To Support Minnesota Mosque Where Bacon Was Found

The Rev. Jay Rowland, of First Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Minn., creates a sign saying "Love thy Neighbor" before a sunrise solidarity vigil for the Rochester Muslim community, Sunday, June, 24, 2018, outside the Masjed Abubakr Al-Seddiq Islamic Center in downtown Rochester, Minn. The event was in response to bacon being found by the mosque's front door and in the parking lot Saturday morning, an act one group called “attempted religious desecration.” (Andrew Link/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP)

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — People have gathered for a vigil to support a Minnesota mosque after officials found bacon left near the front door and in its parking lot, an act one group called “attempted religious desecration.”

The Post Bulletin reports that the incident at the Masjed Abubakr Al-Seddiq Islamic Center in Rochester on Saturday has prompted a police investigation. Nearly 80 people turned out early Sunday for the vigil.

Minnesota’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has called on authorities to investigate the “attempted religious desecration” of the mosque as a possible hate crime. Muslims are barred from eating pork products.

Dee Sabol, executive director of the Diversity Council in Rochester, says the vigil was a stronger reaction than the action that spurred it.

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