CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department is considering whether to bring charges in a civil rights investigation prompted by a video on the Internet that shows a Qur’an being shot and dumped outside a mosque, an FBI agent said.
FBI agent Tim Burke, speaking to about 70 Muslims after their Friday afternoon worship service at the Masjid Annour mosque, said terrorists could use the video showing Americans desecrating the holy book “as a recruiting tool.”
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations has said the video, titled “kill the koran,” shows a hate crime. The video was posted on the MySpace.com social networking web service last month but has since been removed.
Burke asked Muslims to be patient with the U.S. government investigation, saying Justice Department lawyers must also consider constitutionally protected free speech rights in deciding if there was a possible crime.