A building in Detroit that previously housed a mosque was vandalized this week with anti-Muslim graffiti that reads in large letters: “Go Home 911 Murderers.” The Detroit Free Press reports that, on the front of the Islamic Center of America building, someone also spray-painted in green “You Idol Worship.”

Last week, the Shi’ite mosque hosted a news conference at its new location in Dearborn, criticizing Northwest Airlines for what it said was biased treatment against a group of Muslims who were not allowed to board a connecting flight in Germany to Detroit. The mosque and the council received hate e-mail after the news conference. Muslim leaders did not know if vandalism was related, but Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called the vandalism “hurtful for the entire Muslim community, to see such enmity directed towards Muslims.”

Vandalism has been a problem at Detroit area mosques for some time. Not all of it has been blamed on non-Muslims — conflicts between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims also have drawn concern.


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