Vigil held to support Minnesota mosque where bacon was found

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 26: In this photo illustration, bacon cooks in a frying pan on October 26, 2015 in Miami, Florida. A report released today by the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that eating processed meat can lead to colorectal cancer in humans even as it remains a small chance but rises with the amount consumed. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — People have gathered for a vigil to support a Minnesota mosque after officials found bacon left near the front door and in its parking lot, an act one group called “attempted religious desecration.”

The Post Bulletin reports that the incident at the Masjed Abubakr Al-Seddiq Islamic Center in Rochester on Saturday has prompted a police investigation. Nearly 80 people turned out early Sunday for the vigil.

Minnesota’s chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has called on authorities to investigate the “attempted religious desecration” of the mosque as a possible hate crime. Muslims are barred from eating pork products.

Dee Sabol, executive director of the Diversity Council in Rochester, says the vigil was a stronger reaction than the action that spurred it.