bowled a pig's head onto the steps of the Al-Aqsa Academy mosque in my very own hometown. It's pretty clearly symbolic--pork is not halal but haram. So this act was using a little bit of knowledge about Islamic tradition to try to defile a mosque. It was pretty disgusting, but it is only mildly intimidating--still, I think this is a bad sign regarding what utter irresponsible bullshit is going around in the presidential race.
Mayor Nutter, who is about as mild-mannered and cool a cat as you can find, referred to Donald Trump just recently as an asshole. He isn't wrong--in fact I admire his restraint in not referring to him with Charles Pierce's winning sobriquet of "ambulatory pilonidal cyst". (I think one of them kept Rush Limbaugh out of 'Nam. Thus, good for exactly nothing, ever.) My man for the PA Senate race, John Fetterman, called Trump a jagoff. Yup. This, too, sounds about right.
See, leadership is a funny old thing. You can lead bigoted asshats to support your mouthy hide by yapping it up, but at the end of the day, you are responsible for the permission slips you went and wrote to all the delinquent-ass SOB's who took the perfectly generic insinuations you made and then decided to hit up actual people and threaten them, personally. And if you do not understand or accept that responsibility--you are not any kind of real leader, because in the real world, words mean things and policies have consequences.
Philadelphia is proudly diverse and we are a great respecter of numerous faiths. My hometown is a welter of languages and restaurants and churches and ideas. Hate does not belong in the City of Brotherly Love. We are blighted but blessed. We are muraled and mosaicked and multicultural and multifaithed. We are musical and multifaceted.
And I blame these susurrations of specious sedition against our otherwise social comity coming from some self-serving casino king-pinhead, but let's not pretend other folks on the right haven't also encouraged distrust of our Islamic brothers and sisters.
This racist and bigoted crap isn't welcome in my city. This should not happen here. This should not happen anywhere. And Trump's gold-plated mouth needs to stop writing checks genuine white supremacists are gonna try to cash anywhere and everywhere.