(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/24/14) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a Molotov cocktail attack on an Albuquerque, N.M., mosque as a hate crime.
Albuquerque police say the incendiary device was thrown Friday morning at a window of the Islamic Center of New Mexico but did not enter the building. The device ignited and caused damage to the exterior of the mosque. No injuries were reported.
“The violent nature of this attack would seem to indicate a bias motive, which must be investigated by law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Also today, vandals targeted a Canadian mosque with hate graffiti.
Earlier this month, CAIR's San Diego chapter asked the FBI to investigate a threatening letter with an unknown substance sent to a local Mosque.
CAIR is urging community leaders to implement safety measures outlined in its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to previous attacks on American mosques.
The booklet is designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.
A free copy of CAIR's “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” may be requested through the organization's website.
Some of the guidelines in CAIR's safety kit were outlined in a community alert sent out in September.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org