Leaving bacon at a mosque is apparently a crime worthy of a more harsh punishment than being an illegal alien and murdering a woman nowadays in America. Oh how far our system has slipped! Michael Scott Wolfe was arrested and charged for vandalizing a mosque in Florida two years ago. He was accused of slashing his way through the mosque, and shattering lights, windows and cameras with a machete. Wolfe was charged with criminal mischief to a mosque, a third-degree felony.
“You can’t help but feel this is a hateful act (because of) all of the negative media, the politicians who want to ban Muslims, close mosques”
Muhammad Musri, Islamic Society of Central Brevard
Before the arrest, the leader of the mosque said the vandalism was not typical of this area that Muslims call home.
“You can’t help but feel this is a hateful act (because of) all of the negative media, the politicians who want to ban Muslims, close mosques,” said Muhammad Musri, who is based in the Orlando area and oversees a network of 10 mosques as part of the Islamic Society of Central Brevard. “Messages like that motivate people who have an illness in their heart.”
According to USA Today :
MELBOURNE, Fla. — A Florida man who broke into a mosque and left a slab of raw bacon now faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges, the state attorney’s office said.
Michael Wolfe, 37, of Titusville, Fla., will serve 15 years in state prison, followed by 15 years probation for the January 2016 crime at the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque in Titusville. Prosecutors said the agreement was reached after discussions with the Islamic Society of Central Florida and Titusville police.
“He entered a plea deal and plead guilty to vandalizing the mosque itself with hate crime enhancement, making it a felony,” said Todd Brown, a spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office. “He waived his right to a pre-sentencing investigation.”
Details of a motive were not released.
Wolfe pleaded guilty to criminal mischief to a place of worship with a hate crime enhancement Tuesday. The vandalism came as a growing number of similar mosque vandalism were taking place across the nation. Muslim advocacy groups had grown increasingly concerned about a wave of what they describe as “anti-Islamic sentiment” when the Titusville attack took place.
Police said Wolfe broke into the mosque, ripping down lights, smashing windows and leaving behind the pork product. Pork — including bacon and ham — is prohibited in Islam, a faith followed by 1.6 billion people worldwide.
Wolfe also offered to the court the fact that he was a habitual offender, Brown said.
Wolfe is prohibited from returning to the mosque — a condition of his probation. Other details of the probation were not immediately available.
In addition to criminal mischief, Wolfe was charged with armed burglary during his arrest. That charge was dropped in court.
“The agreement was to drop the armed burglary in exchange for his plea,” Brown said.
H/T [ USA Today ,