Bacon rashers have been strewn all over Muslim prayer mats at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital ion Sydney’s south west.
A visitor discovered the desecration on Thursday afternoon.
Muslim psychologist Hanan Dover posted a picture of the vandalism to her Facebook page:
Horrible. Some anonymous bigot thought it would be appropriate to offend Muslims by placing bacon rashers on Muslim prayer mats inside the public prayer room at Bankstown Hospital.
Many shared her disgust:
“Muslims aren't like vampires... bacon doesn't make us burn and hiss,” wrote one. “Remember the people who dipped bullets in bacon grease thinking is would send Muslims to hell LOL. This is just inconvenient and wasteful.”
“Why didn't the perpetrator of this disgusting, senseless act see fit to do something good and feed a homeless person instead of targeting innocent people?” asked another.
But soon after, she copped the inevitable stream of anti-Muslim invective:
“Putting bacon in prayer mats...if i knew it would trigger them this much i would have been doing this years ago,” sneered one.
“Oh no, bacon on a prayer mat,” laughed another. “Boo f**king hoo.”
The hospital is reported to have acted as soon as the bacon was found.
"We are disappointed and we immediately arranged for the prayer mats to be professionally steam cleaned," acting general manager Linda Campbell told AAP.
"We apologise for the offence caused and our staff have ensured that the prayer room is available for use."’
And Dover added her own amusing take on the incident, demonstrating that if you can’t fight hate with reason and compassion, you can fight it with LOLs:
“Can Muslim leaders in Australia please declare a nationwide fatwa stating that Nutella is now haram and forbidden for consumption so bigots can start leaving the Nutella jars at Muslim places of worship?” she wrote on her Facebook page.