The Houston office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) and the Islamic Society of
Greater Houston will hold a news conference today to ask that local and
national law enforcement authorities investigate a weekend bomb attack on
an area mosque as a possible hate crime.
WHEN: July 7, 2 p.m. (Central)
WHERE: Champions Masjid, 6700 Old Louetta Road, Spring, Texas
CONTACT: CAIR-Houston, 713-838-2247, 832-814-5554, 832-656-0449
According to police reports and eyewitnesses, a home-made bomb exploded on
Sunday in the mailbox of Champions Masjid in Spring, Texas. Muslim children
who saw two white men place the bomb in the mailbox narrowly missed being
injured in the attack.
“Law enforcement authorities need to determine whether this attack was
random criminal behavior tied to the Fourth of July holiday or was instead
motivated by anti-Muslim bias,” said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Iesa
Sunday’s bombing was just the latest in a series of suspicious incidents at
the same mosque. In June, a number of dead fish were dumped near the
entrance of the mosque. Worshipers have also reported verbal harassment in
the recent past.
Other Islamic institutions and businesses in Texas have been targeted.
Earlier this year, a man was arrested for threatening an El Paso Islamic
center, an arson suspect was arrested at the scene of a fire at a Muslim
business in San Antonio and vandals scrawled racist graffiti on the
interior of a Lubbock mosque.
Incidents targeting Muslim individuals and Islamic centers have occurred
recently across America. A Muslim woman driver in Illinois and a Muslim
shopper in California were assaulted at the end of June by attackers
shouting anti-Muslim and racist slurs.
In Florida, vandals wrote “Kill all Muslims” inside the Islamic Community
Center in the Tampa suburb of Lutz. The FBI is also investigating vandalism
and threatening messages targeting the Islamic Community of Southwest
Florida in Charlotte Harbor. In Missouri, vandals painted a Nazi swastika
and the word “die” on an addition under construction at the Islamic
Foundation of Greater St. Louis. Three Miami Islamic centers were vandalized.
In response to these incidents, CAIR published a “Muslim Community Safety
Kit.” The safety kit may be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. CAIR,
America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional offices
and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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