It is difficult to trace the history of religious wars but it has always been bloody since the olden times. Though modernization suggests acceptance and elimination of discrimination, the religious aspect of the world has used development for different purposes. The conflict of sects has already become worse, now involving a whole country to a war, giving birth to terrorism.
The United States is said to be the land of the free. Apparently, respect for this so-called freedom has limitations, most especially in the expression of ones’ beliefs. Some people in the country are still hesitant to embrace their Muslim brothers that they do the extremes just to show how they hate the idea of sharing their land to them.
This man was charged with felon hate crime after disrespecting a Muslim mosque in Florida.
For unrevealed reasons, a man named Michael Wolfe scorned a Florida mosque. According to reports, the 37-year-old vandalized the place of worship and left on its doorstep a slab of bacon, which is a forbidden food in the Islamic dietary laws. And as confirmed by Florida’s 18th Judicial District’s spokesman, Todd Brown, the offender has already been sentenced to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a hate crime last Tuesday. He explained:
“He entered a plea deal and plead guilty to vandalizing the mosque itself with hate crime enhancement, making it a felony. He waived his right to a pre-sentencing investigation.”
The offender was found to have vandalized a mosque and later left a slab of bacon in front of it.
The felon was caught on CCTV smashing windows, cameras, and lights of a mosque in Titusville, near Cape Canaveral with a machete knife. Later, he left some bacon in front of the mosque, which is a common way for hate groups in the U.S. to desecrate the building. The footage from January 2, 2016 was then released, but it took the court over a year to decide on what charges to press against Wolfe.
Wolfe was charged with felon hate crime and is bound to stay behind the bars for 15 years. He is also to spend 15 years in probation after release. The decision was reportedly agreed upon by the Islamic Society of Central Florida and Titusville police.
The Islamic Society of Central Florida and the police came up with the decision of locking Wolfe for 15 years and putting him on probation after release.
Apart from the hate crime, he was charged with, Wolfe was also charged with armed burglary during his arrest, but was subsequently dropped in court. This was reportedly due to the agreement made between the police and Wolfe to drop the armed burglary charge in exchange for his guilty plea. Furthermore, Wolfe confessed to the court that he was a habitual offender. Upon release for probation, he will not be allowed to go near the mosque.
The incident happened in a period where mosque vandalisms were rampant across the United States. Wolfe’s tactless acts then caused a wave of anti-Islamic sentiments that had Muslim advocacy groups concerned. There is a huge population of Muslims living in the country where 3.3 million are estimated to settle in the U.S., but their faith remains to be misunderstood.
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