(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/4/20)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, todayÂ 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 centerÂ on January 19. Officers are also looking for two individuals afterÂ the words â€œUtterly Blessedâ€ were foundÂ on January 30.
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â€œBecause 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,â€ saidÂ 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.
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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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CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.Â