(LEXINGTON, KY, 1/31/19) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky) today condemned the hate vandalism of a Hindu temple in that state.
Police say vandals broke windows at Swaminarayan Temple in Louisville, Ky., and spray-painted several black crosses and phrases including "Jesus Is All Mighty," "Jesus Is Lord" and "God" on the walls.
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In a statement, CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad said:
“We condemn this act of religious bigotry and stand in solidarity with the Kentucky Hindu community. Every American must reject the growing attacks on minority communities nationwide and speak out in defense of traditional American values of religious inclusion and diversity.”
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad, 859-545-0651, email@example.com