PAINTING OF JESUS INVESTIGATED AS ‘HATE CRIME,’ DESPITE OF MOSQUE LEADERS SAYING THEY’RE NOT OFFENDED
- Although Mosque leaders told police that they are not offended by the imagery of Jesus Christ, it has not investigators from labeling the incident as a potential hate crime.
Police on Long Island are investigating after someone hung a large painting of Jesus Christ on a fence at a mosque early Friday evening.
Investigators are treating the incident as a hate crime, reports NBC New York.
The painting is a crucifixion scene showing a largely silhouetted Jesus with his crown of thorns prominently featured. It appeared outside the Hillside Islamic Center in Nassau County, according to investigators.
An employee of the Hillside Islamic Center initially discovered the Jesus painting, reports CBS New York.
Surveillance camera captured video of a man placing the image on the fence, police say.
Mosque leaders told police that they are not offended by the imagery of Jesus Christ, according to News 12 Long Island.
This lack of offense has not stopped investigators from labeling the incident as a potential hate crime.
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