Crucifix burned into front lawn at Waterport mosque

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 4 September 2015 at 12:00 am

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WATERPORT – A local family returning home tonight passed by the mosque on Fuller Road and saw a disturbing scene: a cross burning bright in the lawn of the Muslim site.

The crucifix-shape was deep into the grass and burned for about 45 minutes, said Bilal Huzair, deputy director of the World Sufi Foundation, which uses the mosque as a prayer site and for other religious celebrations.

His wife, Alana Ross, is pictured in the photo.

Huzair and his wife drove by the scene at about 9:15 p.m. Huzair said the lawn was probably set ablaze around 9 p.m.

“It’s insane,” he said. “Why would you want a temple of God to be terrorized?”

Orleans County deputies were at the scene tonight. Anyone with information about the incident can call dispatch at (585) 589-5527.

Although the site has occasionally been a target for hate crimes, Huzair said the Muslim community feels welcomed in Waterport and Orleans County.

“Most people here are affectionate,” he said.