(AUSTIN, TX, 9/13/18) – The Austin, Texas, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) is again calling on law enforcement authorities to investigate a second case of vandalism targeting a mosque in that city as a possible hate crime.
The North Austin Muslim Community Center reported damage to a fence and multiple vehicles during the early morning hours of Sept. 13th. Less than two weeks prior, several glass doors and windows of the same mosque were smashed and the tires of a vehicle on the property were punctured.
Earlier this month, CAIR-Austin similarly called for an investigation of the previous case of vandalism.
“Our community members feel increasingly unsafe after the repeated vandalism of this mosque,” said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh. “Anti-Muslim incidents are on the rise and we urge law enforcement authorities to thoroughly investigate this case, including any possible bias motive.”
She noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released an update on anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in the second quarter (April-June) of 2018 indicating that anti-Muslim bias incidents and hate crimes are up 83 and 21 percent respectively, as compared to the first quarter of 2018.
The anti-Muslim hate groups Soldiers of Odin and Texas Patriot Network recently held an armed rally outside the national convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) IN Houston, Texas.
CAIR is urging houses of worship to take extra security precautions using its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to religious institutions of all faiths.
The booklet may be viewed at: https://tinyurl.com/BestSafetyPractices
Sheikh urged members of the community to report any bias incidents to law enforcement and to CAIR-Austin at 512-785-7105 or by filing a report at https://tinyurl.com/CAIRAustin
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, 512-785-7105, email@example.com