A spokesman for an Islamic civil liberties organization said Friday research shows a rise in harassment and violence against Muslim communities in the United States.

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said incidents such as the recent vandalism of an Islamic center in Pine Township is due largely to ignorance.

“Research shows that when people have interaction with Muslims, prejudice goes down,” Hooper said.

“The best way to combat (prejudice) is with education.”

Porter County police have no suspects yet. . .

CAIR’s Hooper said the group organizes educational campaigns to combat the negative sentiment surrounding Islam. Just as hate crimes spike in times of national crisis, Hooper said, CAIR responds with knowledge.


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