Muslim civil rights group says rocks were thrown through mosque windows with worshipers inside
(BOSTON, MA, 9/11/16)Â – Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA)Â tonightÂ called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism at a New Hampshire mosque as a possible hate crime.
Officials with the Islamic Society of Greater Nashua tell CAIR-MA that rocks were thrown through the windows of the mosque just afterÂ 8 p.m.Â this evening while worshipers were sitting inside the house of worship.
â€œWhenever any house of worship is attacked in this manner, law enforcement authorities should investigate a possible bias motive for the crime,â€ saidÂ CAIR-Massachusetts Executive Director Dr. John Robbins.
Robbins noted that the crime occurred on the anniversary of the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and at a time of rising Islamophobia nationwide.
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On Friday, CAIRâ€™s New York chapter welcomed a hate crime chargeÂ for an attack on two Muslim women pushing babies in strollers during which the alleged attacker punched and kicked the victims and tried to pull off their Islamic head scarves, or hijabs.
AlsoÂ on Friday, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for an incident at a Laurel. Md., mosque.
CAIR has noted a spike in anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in recent months, which the civil rights groups attributes at least in part to Islamophobic rhetoric used by variousÂ public figures.
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 atÂ 202-742-6420Â or by filing a report at:Â http://www.cair.com/report Â Â Â Â Â
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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