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CAIR Calls for Probe of Possible Bias Motive for South Carolina Mosque Vandalism

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/4/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a Charleston, S.C., mosque.

Police are looking for three people who allegedly vandalized the Islamic Center of Charleston on two different occasions. A surveillance camera caught one individual painting a black symbol on the outside wall of the center on January 19. Officers are also looking for two individuals after the words “Utterly Blessed†were found on January 30.

SEE: Police investigating graffiti at Islamic Center of Charleston as vandalism

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“Because of past incidents targeting mosques, synagogues, churches, and other houses of worship nationwide, we urge authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for these acts of vandalism,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He noted that South Carolina does not have hate crime legislation, but Charleston passed a hate intimidation ordinance in 2018.

SEE: CAIR-NY Stands in Solidarity with Jewish Community After Hate Incident Targeting Synagogue

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CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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. 


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,


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