California Mosque Suffers Bacon Hate Crime, Perp Gets Stiff Sentence
A woman named Lauren Kirk-Coehlo was given five years probation last Friday for breaking windows at the Islamic Center of Davis, California, and putting bacon on its door handles. Ryan Couzens of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office thundered:
We can’t live in a free society if people’s political views are expressed through violence.
That’s true. These kinds of attacks on mosques are stupid and never justified.
But the prosecution of this case only underscores the fact that when it comes to jihad attacks, authorities have lost all sense of proportion.
Twenty-two people are dead in Manchester and seven in London in recent jihad attacks. Another is dead in Jerusalem. There are more dead all the time: over 30,000 lethal jihad attacks worldwide since 9/11. And the Islamic Center of Davis is playing the victim, with help from authorities, over … bacon.
Kirk-Coehlo should certainly be made to pay for the broken windows and any other actual damage she caused. Nonetheless, a Muslim civil rights attorney, Saad Sweilem, highlighted the disproportionate nature of the sentencing when he crowed:
A felony conviction is something that will follow her for the rest of her life, and 5 years probation is no joke either.
Very well. But if Kirk-Coehlo had broken windows at a church, would she have gotten a felony conviction and five years probation?
According to CBS13, the DA was aggressive because of the target:
[T]he Yolo County District Attorney’s Office wanted Kirk-Coehlo to go to jail -- especially considering the motive behind her attack.
It has been a difficult six months for the local Muslim community. Four local mosques have been attacked or vandalized -- twice at the Islamic Center of Davis. There was also last week’s anti-Shariah march in Roseville.
So the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office wanted to make an example of Kirk-Coehlo -- who happens to suffer from bipolar disorder. They didn’t get jail time for her, but they got a strong sentence nonetheless.
Maybe it has been “a difficult six months for the local Muslim community,” but in light of the numerous fake anti-Muslim hate crimes, all claims about mosque attacks and the like have to be regarded with skepticism. Moreover, one would think that in light of the steady stream of jihad attacks, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office would laugh off a few strips of bacon on the door handles of a mosque, and tell the mosque leaders to direct their attention to more important matters -- such as making sure there are no jihad terror sympathizers and plotters from their communities.
That’s what the sentencing of Lauren Kirk-Coehlo is all about: shoring up the sagging narrative that the racist, “Islamophobic,” “far-right” bigots are threatening Muslims on a large scale, and that Muslims are more victims than victimizers.