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CAIR-Austin Seeks Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Texas Mosque Vandalism

(AUSTIN, TX, 9/2/18) – The Austin, Texas, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) tonight called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a mosque in that state.

CAIR-Austin said several glass doors and windows of the North Austin Muslim Community Center were smashed early Sunday morning. The vandal, who also reportedly punctured the tires of a vehicle at the site, fled the scene after tripping a security alarm. Local police are investigating the incident.

PHOTOS OF VANDALISM:

https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/posts/10155998812427695

“Because of the severity of the vandalism, and because of the rise in anti-Muslim incidents and Islamophobia nationwide, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive in this case,” said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh.

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.

SEE: CAIR Report: Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents, Hate Crimes Spike in Second Quarter of 2018

https://www.cair.com/cair_report_anti_muslim_bias_incidents_hate_crimes_spike_in_second_quarter_of_2018

Yesterday, the anti-Muslim hate groups Soldiers of Odin and Texas Patriot Network held an armed rally outside the national convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) IN Houston, Texas.

VIDEO: Armed Anti-Muslim Hate Groups Soldiers of Odin, Texas Patriot Network Outside ISNA Convention

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msQyVmwF44c  

CAIR Islamophobia Watch: Armed Anti-Muslim Hate Groups Soldiers of Odin and Texas Patriot Network Outside the ISNA Convention Today in Houston (PHOTOS)

https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/posts/10155996392257695  

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

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 misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, 512-785-7105, msheikh@cair.com

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