CHINO - In a response to a hateful act, Interfaith Witnesses came together Monday night to show support for the Muslim community after pig parts were thrown on the driveway of a mosque.

"I was ignorant to the Muslim belief at one time," said the Reverend Jan Chase of the Unity Church of Pomona. "I finally allowed myself to learn about the religion and the people associated with that religion."

Chase added that the worshippers in the Muslim community are the same as in every other faith.

"They hold the same essential beliefs that we all do," she said. "I find the evilness and hatred associated with last week's desecration disgusting and hurtful."

Chase was speaking about the incident where someone was seen throwing pigs legs on the mosque grounds.

The incident happened two days following the slaughter at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

"We are scared and for good reason," said Faisal Qazi, a board member of the mosque. "There have been many attacks on our religion many times in the last few weeks."

Qazi was speaking about the mosque that burned to the ground in Joplin, Mo. on Aug. 6. It was the second fire to spark there within a month.

"This is enlightening to see all these faiths coming together for us," said Rachid Achmed, Al-Nur Islamic Center chairman. "This hatred has prompted a community outcry, and it's working."

Some neighbors don't have any issues with the Muslim community wanting to build a mosque in their backyard.

"They are the kindest people," said Martial Leonard. "I feel religion is one of the freedoms I fought for in Vietnam, and they have a right just like I do to pray to whomever they want to."

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating last week's incident.

"We have an ongoing investigation into this incident," sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Anthony Vega said. "We are not looking into this as a hate crime for the moment, but as an act of vandalism at a place of worship."

The Muslim civil rights group Council on American-Islamic Relations in a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday urged the government to open a hate-crime investigation.

"Only firm action by local, state and federal law enforcement authorities will send the message that bias-motivated attacks on Muslims, or Americans of any faith, will not be tolerated," CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said.

At present, the mosque is a house on the site. Plans for full-sized mosque are still in the approval process. Some nearby residents have expressed opposition.

"It makes me proud to see several faiths supporting us in this day and age," Qazi said. "Abraham taught us that life was about building, we together as one can become the foundation to build faith and trust in all."

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