Jesus painting left at mosque sparks hate crime investigation

A large painting depicting Jesus Christ on a cross left outside an Islamic Center in New York is being investigated by police as a possible “hate crime.”

According to NBC News New York, an employee at the Hillside Islamic Center in North New Hyde Park in Nassau County on Long Island discovered the painting hanging on a fence on the property on Friday.

The Council on American Islamic Relations issued a statement regarding the incident, saying “Bias may have motivated this incident, but it could serve as a teaching moment … if it leads to greater understanding of the love Muslims have for Jesus…”

Detectives have asked for help from the public in identifying the person who hung the painting on the mosque property.

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