Police in Long Island are investigating after a large portrait of Jesus Christ was found outside a mosque.
According to Pix11, detectives said an employee from the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park discovered the painting of Jesus on a cross around 5:40 PM on Friday.
For their part, the Muslims who attend the mosque don't have an issue with the painting. Islamic Center member Eydid Ali told Pix11, “As a Muslim, I love Jesus. We are told to love Jesus. He actually is a prophet of ours. And a lot of people don't know this but he's also our messiah.”
He added, however, that they don't believe there should be drawings of religious figures.
The controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) group issued a statement saying, “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.”
Nassau County Crime Stoppers is asking anyone with information about this so-called “crime” to come forward.
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