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CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘F**k God & Allah’ Vandalism Targeting Virginia Mosque

screenshot www.farmvilleherald.com 2017 10 08 18 26 58 523(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/8/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of a Virginia mosque as a hate crime.

Police say vandals spray-pained “F**k God & Allah” on the wall of the Prince Edward County Islamic Center in Farmville, Va., on September 28.

SEE: Interfaith Collective Gathered In Unity After Local Mosque Vandalized

Vandals Target Mosque

“The references to ‘God’ and ‘Allah’ indicate an apparent bias motive for this vandalism targeting a house of worship,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “The apparent bias motive in this case should prompt a hate crime investigation by state and federal law enforcement authorities.”

On Friday, CAIR condemned hate vandalism targeting a Muslim political candidate’s campaign sign in North Carolina and called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate repeated “kill ‘em all” vandalism targeting a Muslim business in New Mexico.

SEE: CAIR Condemns ‘Sand N**ger,‘ ‘Trump’ Vandalism of N.C. Muslim City Council Candidate’s Sign

CAIR’s Oregon chapter recently called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of a mosque in that state as a hate crime. Vandals spray-painted “ISIS” on the Abu-Bakar Islamic Center in Portland, Ore.

Since the beginning of the year, CAIR’s national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states.

CAIR: 2017 on Track to Becoming One of the Worst Years Ever for Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety."

A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR's website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html     

It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/images/publications/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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