Ramadan And Bacon Don't Mix. But A Hate Crime?

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Throwing uncooked bacon all over a field on Staten Island is a reckless waste of bacon. And it also might be a hate crime, authorities say, when the field is the site of a Muslim religious ceremony -- which it was.

Police are investigating pieces of bacon being strewn about John D'Amato Field on New Dorp Lane on Staten Island over the weekend, where about 1,500 Muslims gathered Sunday morning to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

According to the Koran, "He has made unlawful for you that which dies of itself (caracas) and blood and the flesh of swine and that on which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked. But he who is driven by necessity, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, then surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful."

In other words, Muslims don't dig on swine.

Police are investigating the bacon-ing as a hate crime because of its obvious religious implications -- it seems like a bit of a stretch that a field is littered with bacon the very day Muslims are planning to worship there.

Hate crimes are no joke -- the penalties for a crime increase significantly when the "hate" component" is added. But is throwing bacon in a field really a hate crime?

The "hate" part can't really be disputed -- again, it's probably not a coincidence that bacon ended up scattered all over a field where Muslims planned to worship. But is throwing bacon on a field a "criminal" act?

New York penal law defines hate crimes as "criminal acts involving violence, intimidation and destruction of property based upon bias and prejudice."

"Criminal acts" is the tricky part -- dropping bacon in a field, essentially, is littering, which in most cases is a violation, not a crime. It could be viewed as "intimidating," but the law says the "intimidating" behavior must be a "criminal act" for it to qualify as a hate crime.

However, some creative prosecution could up the violation to a misdemeanor when classified as "criminal mischief," which is defined as when a person "intentionally damages property of another person."

In this case, however, the property that was "damaged" belongs to the city, not a private individual.

Regardless of whether it's a hate crime, if you dump bacon in a field you know is going to be used by Muslims to worship, you're an asshole. You're no better than the scumbags who spray-paint swastikas on Jewish temples, so knock it off. Then jump in front of a bus.

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_nunessss
_nunessss

@UncleO this the most outta pocket shit I read all week.

savagenation
savagenation

Hate Crimes are THOUGHT CRIMES, and regulating THOUGHT is Orwellian and extremely dangerous. Get rid of ALL hate crime legislation and let the victims duke it out with the perps instead.

M24Miles
M24Miles

@M24Miles @villagevoice Obamaland? no bacon.

gold
gold

well written with an interesting technical view.  Leave the poor buses alone; the drivers have it tough enough.  Thanks for the article.

brendan.macwade
brendan.macwade topcommenter

Wanna bet the author would consider it  a hate crime if it were, say, a field to be used by Jews for their worship. A hate crime is a hate crime, pal. And it was provoked by people like Pam Geller, a sick and evil woman from Long Island.

M24Miles
M24Miles

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JamesKing
JamesKing

 @brendan.macwade Reading the entire article often helps.

"Regardless of whether it's a hate crime, if you dump bacon in a field you know is going to be used by Muslims to worship, you're an asshole. You're no better than the scumbags who spray-paint swastikas on Jewish temples, so knock it off. Then jump in front of a bus."

brendan.macwade
brendan.macwade topcommenter

 @JamesKing But spray painting swastikas on temples or Jewish tombstones has been prosecuted many times in many states as a hate crime. Okay, I won't equate bacon on grass as the equivalent of hate inspired vandalism. But we're going to be seeing a lot more of this in the metro NYC area, thanks to sites like Little Green Footballs, Atlas Shrugs, and more extreme sites like World News Daily (which was liked quite a bit in the Norwegian killer (Brevik's) manifesto in 2011)

Cassidy
Cassidy

 @brendan.macwade Brendan's reasoning is impeccable, though I don't think neither painting Nazi swastikas nor throwing bacon in front of Muslims should be hate crimes at all.  I think hate crimes should be for really egregious cases, not simply where folks are upset.

 

And, BTW, I don't like Abrahamists at all.  Who the hell in their right minds celebrate some dude acting on voices in his head telling him to kill his son????

 

That's the real problem.  Why don't we face Abrahamic religions squarely?  I think it's much more hateful to celebrate Abraham's mental problems as "faith" -- it's anti-democracy, anti-life itself....

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