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Pigs legs thrown onto proposed mosque site during prayers

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations is asking for a federal inquiry into an incident in which pigs legs were thrown onto the driveway of a proposed mosque site in Southern California.

The incident at the intended location of the Al-Nur Islamic Center occurred shortly before 10:00 PM on Tuesday, as about two dozen people were holding late-evening prayers under a special permit in connection with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The construction of a mosque at the location was approved earlier this year by San Bernardino County officials but has been held up by a lawsuit filed in April by a group of homeowners, who say it would be out of keeping with the rural character of their neighborhood and are demanding an environmental impact report.

Because of the local opposition, and because pigs are considered unclean by Muslims, CAIR believes there is reason for treating the incident as a possible hate crime.

“This has shaken up the community a bit,” a local CAIR spokeswoman, Munira Sayed, told the Los Angeles Times, “but they’re trying not to let it deter them.”

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CAIR recently urged mosques in the United States to take precautions following vandalism at a mosque in Rhode Island, a suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, and the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

“We urge Muslim leaders nationwide to take immediate steps to boost security, particularly in the last 10 days of the ongoing fast of Ramadan, when religious activities at mosques reach their peak,” the CAIR press release stated.

Photo of a mosque under construction in California in 2005 by Cathy Cole via Flickr

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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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