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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mosque Incident Highlights Need For New Multicultural Office

Governor Baldacci says Maine is no place for discrimination or harrassment. As he spoke at the opening of the new state Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Governor responded to a crime committed in Lewiston last week.

Police say Brent Matthews has admitted to rolling a frozen pig's head into a mosque last Monday night, during a crowded prayer service.
Police say Matthews told them he did it as a joke.

But Somali community leaders say it was highly offensive, and so does Maine's governor.

"An attack on anyone's house of prayer is an attack on all of our houses of prayer," said Baldacci. "All that's necessary for us to do is not quietly stand by, but standing as one, as citizens of this state, to say we will not tolerate this kind of behavior," Baldacci said. [Link]

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