(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/14/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate Islamophobic signs posted on a Louisiana mosque as a hate crime.
Vandals posted two signs on the Islamic Association of Greater Shreveport, also known as Masjid Al Noor, in Bossier City, stating "Imagine a Muslim-free America" and referencing what appears to be a white supremacist website.
Earlier today, CAIR’s New Jersey chapter called for increased security for Muslim students after a similar poster calling for a “Muslim-Free America” was found taped to the wall of a building on the Rutgers University campus that is used by Muslim students for programs and daily prayers.
An identical poster had also been found on the University of Texas campus.
“It is clear that these signs, which were used to vandalize a house of worship, are part of a nationwide campaign by racists and Islamophobes to intimidate the American Muslim community,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Americans of all faiths must join together in repudiating the call to violence implicit in this hate campaign.”
Hooper said CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in Islamophobic rhetoric and anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent months, and particularly since the November 8 election.
A soon-to-be-published CAIR report on Islamophobia in America is expected to show that 2016 was the worst year on record for incidents in which mosques were targets of bias.
American Muslims and Islamic institutions are being urged to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html
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.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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