(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/15/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today reported that 2016 is on track to be one of the worst years ever for anti-mosque incidents, with a total of 55 cases recorded as of mid-September. Last year there were a total of 79 recorded anti-mosque cases.
The majority of the 2016 incidents have been violent in tone, characterized by intimidation, physical assault and property damage, destruction or vandalism. The Washington-based civil rights organization attributes the rise in anti-mosque incidents at least in part to Islamophobic rhetoric used by public figures like Donald Trump and others.
A preliminary report on anti-mosque cases so far in 2016 is available at: [NOTE: This is not a final document.]
CAIR Report: Targeting Mosques (January-September 15, 2016)
"This trend of increasing violence targeting the American Muslim community is deeply troubling," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "It is important for presidential candidates and other public figures to unify Americans against hate. Any American should be able to freely practice his or her religion without fear of harm or intimidation."
Family offers $1,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of perpetrators
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/16) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a series of possibly bias-motivated incidents targeting a Maryland Muslim family.
CAIR says family members felt compelled to leave their home in the Windsor Mill neighborhood of Baltimore County, Md., following a series of incidents involving unidentified persons who entered the home when it was not occupied and scrawled graffiti, including cryptic threats and a reference to the terror group “ISIS,” on the walls.
Despite notifying the property landlord and police after each incident, and installing a home security system, the incidents continued.
The family is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.
“We call on state and federal authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation of these incidents to determine who is responsible, thereby allowing this family to return home and resume a normal life,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is questioning whether taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for a daylong training by the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office in Culpeper, Va., featuring two notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists, one of whom claims the CIA director is a “secret Muslim.”
Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins is sponsoring the training by former FBI agent John Guandolo and William Federer, author of “What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an,” this Saturday at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper.
In past presentations, Federer has falsely claimed that Muslims are “taking over” neighborhoods, that Muslims have large families so they can go on welfare and that Islam permits the raping of women.
He has also falsely claimed that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had the “global goal of establishing Sharia law” and that Muslims have a “sacred obligation to lie.”
(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 9/13/2016) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether violations of the civil rights of a Muslim Marine Corps recruit led to his death in boot camp.
Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, Mich., died in March 2016 in boot camp - reportedly as suicide - after being hazed by his drill instructor which included him being forcefully struck in the face.
Following a Marine Corps investigation, 20 individuals are facing possible disciplinary action relating to the circumstances of Siddiqui's death.
Siddiqui's drill instructor is also under investigation for reportedly abusing another Muslim recruit in 2015, which included humiliating him in the shower, making him get into a dryer then turning it on and questioning him about his religion.
"We call on the DOJ to launch a thorough investigation into the death of Raheel Siddiqui to determine if the violation of his civil rights led to his death," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. "The seriousness of this case rises to the level for intervention from the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice."