Police are investigating a supposed “hate crime,” which involved someone placing a large painting of Jesus outside a mosque in Long Island.
The painting depicts a silhouetted figure of Christ on the cross, and was hung on the fence of the Hillside Islamic Center in Nassau County. It was first discovered by a center employee, and surveillance footage shows a man putting the painting on the fence.
The incident is being treated as a hate crime by investigators, despite members of the mosque insisting that they are not offended. “Bias may have motivated this incident, but it could serve as a teaching moment for the perpetrator and for the community if it leads to greater understanding of the love Muslims have for Jesus, peace be upon him,” a statement by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
CAIR lists a handful of verses from the Quran which, CAIR says, demonstrate “the spiritual unity of the Abrahamic faiths.”
“The spiritual legacy of Jesus (peace be upon him) should be a unifying factor for Muslims and Christians, not a source of division or bigotry,” CAIR urged in the statement.
In 2009, CAIR was listed by the U.S. government as an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme that provided funding to the terror group Hamas.