Of all the things I've ever heard in my life the issue of "hate crimes" has to be about the most absurd thing. After all, I know of no crime that is ever committed out of love. But this one takes the cake. Apparently as Muslims were ending their month long celebration of Ramadan in Staten Island, New York, someone decided to scatter pieces of bacon over the New Dorp Beach field where they ended their festivities.

According to Islamic teaching, this would desecrate the field, but apparently it didn't ruin their celebration as 1,500 people gathered unaware of the police investigation that had taken place there earlier.

Dr. Mohamd Sadeia, president of the Muslim American Society on Staten Island said that "everything went smoothly" and that the community is "really not aware of it."

The place was "desecrated," but apparently that's not a big deal since they carried on anyway. So what is all the fuss about and why the investigation into a "hate crime" of hog sized proportions?

SILive reports,

Dr. Sadiea was one of a handful of organizers who noticed the uncooked bacon on a small section of the field at about 8 a.m.

He said he contacted police, but kept the incident and investigation quiet, because he didn't want to distress the adults and children gathering for morning prayers.

"They didn't want to ruin the happiness of one of the only two holidays of the entire year," said Hesham El-Meligy, the founder of the Islamic Civic Association-Staten Island, who said he didn't attend the outdoor ceremony but had heard about the incident.

A police spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday that the NYPD's Hate Crime Unit is investigating the incident.

Basically we find out that uncooked bacon covered a very small patch of the field there and now the police are involved in a "hate crime" investigation. Yeah, I know. You can't make this stuff up.

Dr. Sadiea says he hopes the "bias incident" won't overshadow the message of the ceremony. I ask, how could it? No one there except the organizers knew anything about it. I guess no one was thinking that since it was only in a remote section of the field that maybe it might have not even been related to the gathering of the group.

"It's very devastating that people are still thinking this way," he said. "It's a shame that this idea is still there. We're in the 21st century."

Devastating? Really? It apparently wasn't that devastating as according to them the field was desecrated, but they carried on anyway, not even informing the people that they were conducting their ceremony on a desecrated field.

While I'm not one that condones tossing perfectly good bacon on a field for any reason, I think it is unhelpful to do such a thing, if in fact it was purposeful. I think the rhetoric by both Dr. Sadiea and the investigation being pursued as a "hate crime" is what is really the problem here. It's seriously blown way out of proportion.

Seriously, as a good old Southern boy, the real crime here is letting that bacon go to waste like that.

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