(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/25/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today reported that a mosque in California was vandalized recently with a brick and hate signs referring to the controversy over a planned Islamic community center in New York City.
CAIR said vandals targeting a Madera, Calif., Islamic center left signs stating “No Temple for the God of terrorism at Ground Zero. ANB,” “Wake up America, the Enemy is here. ANB” and “American Nationalist Brotherhood.”
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“The hate campaign targeting American Muslims and Islam must be addressed and repudiated by responsible state and national leaders,” said Zahra Billoo, Esq., director of programs and outreach for the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA).
Billoo noted that earlier today, CAIR called on religious and political leaders to repudiate Islamophobia following an attack on a New York taxi driver who was allegedly stabbed by a passenger who had asked him if he was Muslim.
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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.
CONTACT: CAIR-SFBA, Zahra Billoo, 626-252-0885; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org