The Council on American-Islamic Relations just sent word of that a handful of incidents at the Dar El-Eman Islamic Center in on Mansfield Road in Arlington in recent days have sparked an investigation involving the Arlington Police Department and the FBI. Says the release, on Sunday someone set its playground on fire -- just two days after "obscene anti-Muslim graffiti was discovered in the mosque's parking lot." According to the release, on Sunday racial slurs were also "shouted at worshippers" entering the mosque.
Tiara Ellis Richard, APD's media relations coordinator, was unavailable for comment. But the FBI's Dallas spokesman, Mark White, says the bureau is "aware of the incidents, and we, along with the Arlington PD, are looking into it." White hadn't seen the release when he spoke with Unfair Park; I read it to him, and while he said he was unaware of slurs being shouted at worshipers, "how they characterize the first two incidents is accurate." Attempts to reach someone at the Dar El-Eman Islamic Center were unsuccessful; all I got was a recording listing upcoming events. (More)