(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/18/2017) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the vandalism of a Tennessee Muslim’s vehicle as a possible hate crime.
Murfreesboro, Tenn., police say vandals left pieces of pork bologna and a used condom on the man’s car. His wife wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab. [NOTE: Anti-Muslim bigots often use pigs or pork products to intentionally offend Muslims because of the Islamic prohibition on consuming pork products.] Local police are treating the incident as a bias-motivated crime. The FBI has been notified of the vandalism.
“These types of incidents are now occurring with such frequency that state and national leaders must address the rising level of bigotry that has resulted in an unprecedented number of hate crimes targeting American Muslims and other minority groups,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Last week, CAIR called for a hate crime investigation of vandalism targeting a Tennessee mosque. In that attack, slices of bacon were also used to spell out some messages and bacon was wrapped around one of the exterior doors of the mosque.
(ATLANTA, GA, 7/18/17) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today called on mosques in that state and around the country to alert law enforcement authorities if they receive threatening phone calls from a right-wing extremist who has repeatedly threatened to attack a Georgia mosque.
In the weeks since June 22, an unidentified male using a Missouri phone number has called a Georgia mosque eight times and left more than 20 minutes of voicemail messages. The caller repeatedly threatens to shoot, bomb, and otherwise attack mosques and American Muslims in general.
Among many other remarks, the man says:
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/17/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to thank members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the bi-partisan defeat of Congressman Trent Franks' (R-AZ) stigmatizing “Strategic Assessments” of Islamic doctrine amendment number 13 to H.R. 2810, to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
TAKE ACTION HERE - THANK YOUR ELECTED HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE TODAY
Congressional opposition to the amendment was led by Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith (D-WA).
Last Thursday, the amendment was debated on the House floor with Rep. Franks in support and Representatives Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) opposing.
(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/17/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released an update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter (April-June) of 2017.
CAIR’s quarterly report indicates that the number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 spiked 91 percent compared to the same period in 2016, which was the worst year for such anti-Muslim incidents since the civil rights organization began its current documenting system in 2013.
The number of bias incidents in 2017 also increased by 24 percent compared to the first half of 2016.
[NOTE: Bias incidents are defined as cases in which there was an identifiable element of religious discrimination. Hate crimes are criminal offenses against persons or property, or incidents that can be charged as such under relevant state or federal statute.]
“The presidential election campaign and the Trump administration have tapped into a seam of bigotry and hate that has resulted in the targeting of American Muslims and other minority groups,” said Zainab Arain, coordinator in CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia. “If acts of bias impacting the American Muslim community continue as they have been, 2017 could be one of the worst years ever for such incidents.”
(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 7/14/17) -- The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) tonight called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Muslim family of Middle Eastern heritage in that state as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-Alabama reports that the Muslim family in Helena, Ala., today discovered broken windows, flat tires, and obscene and racist slurs – including the “N-word” - spray-painted on a van, and motor oil poured over three vehicles.
“Because of the racist slur used in this vandalism, the recent spike in hate crimes targeting American Muslims and other minority groups and because of the religious and ethnic background of the victims, it would only be prudent to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed.