Kenney Condemns Desecration at Philly Mosque

"The bigotry that desecrated Al-Aqsa mosque today has no place in Philadelphia."

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has issued a statement condemning the desecration of a Philly mosque, as tensions rise in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

“The bigotry that desecrated Al-Aqsa mosque today has no place in Philadelphia,” Kenney said. “The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection has a long history of coming together in the face of challenge. We cannot allow hate to divide us now, in the face of unprecedented difficulties. I ask all Philadelphians to join me in rejecting this despicable act and supporting our Muslim neighbors.”

The incident was discovered early today.

“A caretaker at the Al Aqsa Islamic Society told police he found the bloody, severed head of a pig outside the mosque around 6 a.m. Monday when he showed up to set up for morning prayer services,” NBC 10 reports. “Surveillance video at the building, which is located on 1501 Germantown Avenue, shows a person inside a red pickup truck driving past the mosque and throwing an object out of the vehicle’s window Sunday night, according to investigators. Police are investigating the incident and are speaking to witnesses.”