It was disheartening to hear that the local Islamic Center of Clarksville was the center of what Clarksville Police have classified as a hate crime.

A defaced Quran was left on the front steps of the Islamic Center. An expletive was included with two strips of bacon. Muslims are forbidden from eating pork.

If someone considered this a joke, it was far from funny. If someone considered this a threat against Muslims, it will be taken seriously by law enforcement. There probably aren’t any more than 40 Muslim families living in this area. It should go without saying – but it looks as though it will have to be spelled out – that they have exactly the same constitutional rights as other Americans and those living in the United States. That includes the right to worship in peace without hatemongers making disgusting and possibly threatening gestures against them and the way in which they choose to worship.

Nearly every faith in the world has a version of the Golden Rule – treat others as you would like to be treated, if you were they. If we all followed that guiding moral principle, especially in regard to others’ religions, there would be far fewer problems for law enforcement to resolve.


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