CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism at Rhode Island Mosque, Seeks Protection for Islamic Institutions Nationwide

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/15/16) – 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 an apparent hate attack targeting a Rhode Island Mosque and requested stepped-up police patrols in the area of Islamic institutions nationwide.

Officials with the Muslim Community Center of Kingston’s Masjid Al-Hoda in Kingston, R.I., reported to CAIR’s Massachusetts chapter that they found anti-Muslim graffiti and a smashed window in the mosque sometime after yesterday’s terror attack in France.

Earlier today, CAIR condemned the terror attack in France that killed at least 80 people, and also condemned a suggestion by Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who responded to the attack by calling for Inquisition-style religious “testing” and possible deportation of “every person here who is of a Muslim background.”

SEE: Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich's Call to 'Test' and Deport American Muslims

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CAIR Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich’s Call to ‘Test’ and Deport American Muslims

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the terror attack in France that killed at least 80 people, and also condemned a suggestion by Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who responded to the attack by calling for Inquisition-style religious “testing” and possible deportation of “every person here who is of a Muslim background.”

SEE: Newt Gingrich Calls for Testing Everyone of a "Muslim Background" in the US for Sharia Beliefs

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We condemn this bloody massacre as we have condemned previous ISIS or ISIS-inspired atrocities and the deviant ideology that produces such senseless and cowardly violence. We are praying for the people of Nice, the victims of another outrageous attack on humanity.

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CAIR-AZ Seeks Probe of Motive for Fire Outside Tucson Mosque

CAIR logo(PHOENIX, AZ, 7/14/16) - The Arizona chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-AZ) today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate the motive for a fire that appeared to be intentionally set outside the Islamic Center of Tucson Wednesday morning.

Worshippers at early morning prayers smelled smoke and immediately called 911 after seeing a recycling container set on fire.  The fire was extinguished without any injuries or further damage to the facility.

SEE: Fire Outside Islamic Center Worries Muslims in Tucson

"With multiple incidents targeting this specific mosque in the past year, there is definitely cause for concern about a possible bias motive for the fire," said Imraan Siddiqi, CAIR-Arizona's executive director.  "We hope that law enforcement exhausts every lead possible, as our Tucson community members feel a sense of compromised safety. All Americans have the right to access their house of worship without fear of being targeted."

Previously, the mosque dealt with ongoing issues of vandalism and objects being hurled at the facility from neighboring apartments.

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CAIR: Oklahoma Muslim Youth to Participate in Leadership Symposium

CAIR logo(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 7/14/16) -- Beginning Friday, July 15, the Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) will host its 7th annual three-day Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

The three-day leadership program for Muslim high school and college students will focus on challenging Islamophobia in both social and political arenas. It will consist of a leadership banquet and a full day of workshops on promoting social justice, and will conclude with a mock legislative debate.

WHAT: 7th Annual Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS)

WHEN: July 15-17, 2016

WHERE: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

PROGRAM: Media are invited to the Friday evening orientation dinner. Saturday, July 15 workshops and presentations, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; July 16 mock debate, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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