Drunken Man Yells "Terrorists," Urinates on Mosque Rugs: Report

Incident comes one day after 21-year-old charged in attack on Muslim taxi driver

By Jennifer Millman
|  Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 1:04 PM EDT
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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - JULY 10: Pakistani men pray at Friday prayers in the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) on July 10, 2009 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistani Muslims attended their Friday prayers under high security, on the eve of the second anniversary of the Red Mosque siege. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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A belligerent intoxicated man with a beer in hand strolled into a mosque in Queens, shouted the word "terrorists" and callously urinated on rugs as worshippers engaged in prayer, cops and witnesses said last night, according to published reports.

The man, identified as Omar Rivera, reportedly yelled anti-Muslim slurs at those gathered for an evening service at the Iman Mosque in Astoria and defiled the rugs before two men subdued him and put him in a back room while they called 911.

"He stuck up his middle finger and cursed at everyone," Mustapha Sadouki, who was at the mosque at the time, told The New York Post. "He calls us terrorists, yet he comes into our mosque and terrorizes other people. This is a true hate crime."

Rivera was charged with criminal trespassing, officials said.

The bizarre incident comes one day after a 21-year-old filmmaker who recently returned from a visit to Afghanistan was accused of viciously slashing a taxi driver across the face, throat and arms after the cabbie responded positively to a question about whether he was Muslim.

Michael Enright, who volunteered for a group that publicly supports the Islamic center near Ground Zero, stands accused of attempted murder as a hate crime. The baby-faced college student was denied bail at a hearing yesterday.
 

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