(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/29/14) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined Maryland faith leaders in condemning hateful graffiti spray-painted in a Montgomery County neighborhood over the holiday weekend.
Nazi swastikas, slurs and profanity were painted over holiday decorations and gifts left outdoors in several neighborhoods in Kensington, Md.
CAIR called on law enforcement authorities to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime and to bring those responsible to justice.
"Religious holidays of any faith are a sacred time," said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry. "We join with leaders of all faiths and backgrounds in repudiating the intolerance that can lead to such incidents."
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 301-279-8000.
Last week, CAIR expressed the Muslim community's solidarity with Massachusetts Christians following the possibly bias-motivated vandalism of a church nativity scene in which a statue of the baby Jesus was replaced with a severed pig's head.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org