New Jersey pastor tries to fake an Islamic extremist attack, fails miserably
Jairon Pena is accused of false reporting after faking an Islamic attack on himself. (Twitter)
As far as awkward displays of Islamophobia go, we've seen a pretty wide girth lately (think #creepingsharia, the great, Muslim bacon scandal and that trouble-making Palestinian mufti), but an incident in the US last week might be the most poorly executed plot to blame Muslims yet.
Thirty-six-year-old pastor Jairon Pena faces three accounts of false reporting to law enforcement after attempting to portray himself as the victim of an Islamic attack at his church in New Jersey. Right of the bat, there were a few problems with Pena's story.
A CBS report said local police arrived late Friday morning to find him gagged and loosely tied up in the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Sommerville, a note scrolled with a misspelled Islamic phrase taped it to his body.
He claimed masked assailants assaulted and bound him, mocked his religious beliefs, and damaged bibles by removing them from pews in his church and stomping on them.
But it wasn't just the bad grammar that made things a little suspicious. Pena told police he'd been asttacked by two men and a women earlier Friday morning, but authorities noticed the pastor had no signs of injury apart from a plastic bag covering his head.
Authorities later said Pena cited "personal events" as motivation for the fake-out. In New Jersey, he now faces third-degree false public alarm, fourth-degree false swearing and fictitious report to law enforcement. And on the Internet, he likely faces at least third-degree embarrassment.