Painting a swastika on a synagogue door.

Defiling a cross in a church sanctuary.

Those are rough equivalents for the offense that took place Monday when a Lewiston man desecrated an Islamic house of worship.

Police say Brent Matthews admitted he rolled a frozen pig’s head through the open door of the Lewiston-Auburn Islamic Center into a group of 40 Muslim men as they bowed in prayer.

The 33-year old immediately fled the scene, as might be expected. He later confessed, telling police he “thought it was funny; it was going to be a big joke.”

Where does one begin to confront such distorted thinking?


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