(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/29/2017) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the FBI to investigate apparently bias-motivated vandalism targeting an Oregon man mistaken for a Muslim.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is investigating vandalism reported Tuesday at an Iranian-American man’s home in Troutdale, Ore., that included spray-painted hate graffiti such as "f*** you terrorist" and references to “hate” of Muslims and "get out." The vandals also left a note weighed down with bullets arranged in the shape of a cross. The note reportedly stated: “If I see you here next month, I will shoot you and burn your house.” The alleged victim is in fact of the Baha'I faith.
“The FBI should join in the investigation of this apparent hate crime in order to demonstrate that the rights and safety of American Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslim, will be protected,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that yesterday, CAIR called for a hate crime investigation of a break-in and vandalism targeting an Alexandria, Va., Muslim family in which “F*** Muslims” was scrawled on a wall in the home.
Video: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of ‘F*** Muslims’ Break-In, Vandalism Targeting Virginia Family
25-year-old suspect described as anti-Muslim ‘right-wing extremist’
(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 3/10/17) – The Texas office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) today welcomed an arrest of a man suspected of setting fire to the Islamic Center of Victoria in Victoria, Texas, in January.
CAIR-Texas said the suspect, Marq Vincent Perez, 25, has “an apparent hatred of Muslims” and is described as a “right-wing extremist.” A prosecutor noted that Perez, who claimed that members of the mosque are “terrorists,” may have targeted multiple mosques based on his social media comment: "Can you pinpoint any mosques that a team can get clear to?"
“We welcome this arrest and thank investigators for their swift and professional actions in apprehending the alleged arsonist,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. “The actions of law enforcement authorities send a strong message of deterrence to others who may consider turning their bigoted views into violent actions.”
CAIR-Texas is also monitoring the investigation of a fire at a mosque under construction in Travis County. Officials now say they may never know the exact source of that fire, even though arson is one of several possible causes.
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 3/7/17) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today decried the decision taken yesterday by the Bayonne Zoning Board to deny the establishment of a Muslim community center at 109 East 24th St. as “bias-motivated.”
The 4-3 vote in favor of the center which required 5 votes to pass came at the conclusion of a raucous 5-hour public meeting that included recitations from the Quran that were intended to paint Muslims in a negative light, as well as questions raised regarding the “belief system” of the local Muslim community.
“As has happened with several New Jersey Muslim communities, local anti-Muslim opponents to new Mosque construction have attempted to hide their bigoted intentions behind zoning technicalities,” said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Sues. “In the case of Bayonne, these intentions were not very well hidden. The Zoning Board has a moral obligation to rule on the basis of the benefits to the community, and that includes community members of all faiths.”
He noted that the Facebook page maintained by the local opposition to the Mosque included an image of the world Trade Center, a negative quote regarding Islam from Winston Churchill, and featured sign that read “Democracy or Sharia Law”
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/27/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the FBI to investigate threats to “blow up” a community center in Colorado that serves refugees.
Police in Aurora, Colo., are investigating threatening notes found at the Mango House community center. The typewritten notes read, “We’re gonna blow up all of you refugees.”
“Those fleeing violence and persecution must be welcomed and supported, not targeted by hate,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “State and federal law enforcement authorities should treat this as a terroristic threat and act accordingly.”
CAIR-GA Invites Rep. Spencer to Meet Muslim Leaders After He Accuses Constituent of Treason for Criticizing Anti-Islam Bill
(ATLANTA, GA, 1/5/17) - The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-GA) today encouraged Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) to meet with Georgia Muslims leaders, as well as with a constituent who Rep. Spencer accused of treason after criticized House Bill 3, Spencer's withdrawn Islamophobic proposal to ban women from wearing veils.
Dana Sweeney, a college student who lives in the lawmaker’s district, wrote a letter to Spencer criticizing HB 3 and saying he responded to the anti-Islam bill by donating $10 to CAIR-Georgia, which opposed HB 3.
Rep. Spencer responded with a letter accusing Sweeney, who is not a Muslim, of engaging in treason and supporting terrorism. Spencer’s letter repeated anti-Muslim conspiracy theories, and in a January 3 Facebook post, he referred to Islam as a "malignant political ideology.”
(HOUSTON, 12/4/16) - The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called for a hate crime investigation of apparently bias-motivated vandalism targeting a Muslim-owned restaurant in Galveston, Texas.
According to media reports, the front of the restaurant was recently covered in bacon. In another recent incident, bacon grease was smeared on the front door handles of the restaurant. [NOTE: Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslim sensibilities.]
“Bias is the only reasonable explanation for the use of bacon in vandalism targeting a Muslim-owned business, and law enforcement authorities should keep that possible hate motive in mind when investigating this case and in bringing charges against the alleged perpetrator,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.
On Friday, CAIR’s New York chapter condemned an alleged attack on a Muslim woman transit passenger who reportedly shouted President-elect Donald Trump’s name and Islamophobic slurs during the assault.
Video: CAIR-NY Condemns Hate Attack on Muslim Woman Transit Passenger by Men Shouting ‘Donald Trump’
(CLEVELAND, OHIO, 10/4/16) – On Sunday, October 9, the Cleveland chapter of the American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) and the Muslim Association of Cleveland East (MACE Mosque) will co-host a Muslim voter watch party during the second presidential debate.
WHAT: Muslim Voter Presidential Debate Watch Party
WHEN: Sunday, October 9, 2016
TIME: 6:56 p.m. Maghrib Prayers; 7:30 p.m. Community Supper (8:12 Isha Prayers); 9 – 10:30 p.m. Presidential Debate Viewing
WHERE: Muslim Association of Cleveland East (MACE Mosque) 26901 Chardon Road, Richmond Heights, Ohio 44143
CONTACT: CAIR Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, 216.830.2247 or 216.440.2247, firstname.lastname@example.org
“This event is a chance to engage Muslim voters in a dialogue about what is perhaps the most consequential election of our time,” said Dr. Ahmad Banna, MACE president and CAIR-Cleveland board president.
The Event is held in partnership with the Ohio AAPI Civic Engagement Network (ACE Network).