Hate Crime – Bacon left at Mosque on Holy Day: News Roundup

In the news this week: Raw bacon used to intimidate Ramadan celebrants, Paul Ryan happy to cling to religion, study finds spirituality improves health, and other stories.

Islamic leaders contend that whoever left raw bacon at the site of a Staten Island Ramadan ceremony Sunday morning hewed to the tactics used in a pattern of anti-Muslim bigotry occurring across the nation.
 
Early Sunday morning, organizers of an outdoor end-of-Ramadan ceremony in New Dorp Beach found several strips of bacon strewn across the artificial turf field where worshipers were set to gather.
 
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Monday that a note was left behind as well — signed with a code name and referencing a website that mentioned the raw bacon. Authorities have not disclosed any details on the code name and the website.
Police are investigating the act as a possible bias crime, and Islamic leaders across the state decried the incident as the latest in a string of anti-Muslim incidents. Staten Island Advance
 
A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity.
 
The study released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity.
 
The Northeast, with lower religious participation, was the least generous to charities, with the six New England states filling the last six slots among the 50 states. Churches are among the organizations counted as charities by the study, and some states in the Northeast rank in the top 10 when religious giving is not counted. CBS News
 
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Tuesday mined another sound bite from the 2008 election to fire up crowds, adding to the list of controversial statements from the last race that Republicans have used to try to win votes in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.
 
Speaking to more than 2,000 people at a steel company outside Pittsburgh, Ryan reminded people how President Obama described their behavior at a private fundraiser in San Francisco four years ago.
 
"Remember this other time where he was caught on video saying, 'People like to cling to their guns and their religion?'" Ryan asked. "Hey, I'm a Catholic deer hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion!" The crowd responded with enormous applause.
 
He was referring to remarks – on audio, not video — that Obama made a private fundraiser in 2008 that were captured by a Huffington Post blogger. "It's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations," Obama said in reference to Midwesterners who had lost jobs several decades ago and never seen them return. CBS News
 
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri, spirituality often improves health regardless of a person's health. The study is published in the Journal of Religion and Health.
 
The team highlight that healthcare providers could tailor treatments and rehabilitation programs to accommodate an individual's spiritual inclinations. Medical News Today