(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/9/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an incident at a Laurel. Md., mosque.
Monday evening, the driver of a large truck entered the Islamic Community Center of Laurel parking lot, reversed into the side of the mosque, pulled forward, and then reversed again hitting the mosque more forcefully before driving off. Â The mosque, which was unoccupied at the time of the incident, sustained property damage to its awning and railings.
The incident was captured on surveillance cameras and was reported to local authorities.
â€œIn light of the hostile political climate impacting the American Muslim community, and because of the spike in hate crimes and threats targeting Muslims and their institutions, we urge federal law enforcement authorities to add their resources to the investigation to help bring the perpetrators to justice and to establish a motive for this disturbing crime,â€ said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry.
Just today, the Atlanta Journal reported that a Georgia mosque recently received a death threat.
Earlier this week, CAIR called on the Indiana legislature to pass a hate crime law following an alleged attack on a Muslim university professor who was reportedly called a â€œf**king foreignerâ€ in a Walmart parting lot, followed to his home and beaten severely.
CAIRâ€™s Minnesota chapter called for similar investigations into vandalism at a mosque in that state and of an alleged threat by two men to burn down the house of a Somali-American woman in that state if she and her family do not leave town.
CAIR has also called on state and federal authorities to investigate alleged threats to the Muslim community in Maine.
CAIR has noted a spike in anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in recent months, which the civil rights group attributes at least in part to Islamophobic rhetoric used by public figures like Donald Trump.
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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