Muslim civil rights group urges law enforcement to probe possibility of bias motive
(CINCINNATI, OH, 5/7/2018) – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati) today expressed concern about a report of shots fired at a Muslim family’s home in Monroe, Ohio, and is urging law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive for the incident.
On the evening of May 6, someone fired three shots into the Muslim family’s home, narrowly missing two members of the family inside. Family members say they may have been targeted because they displayed lights outside the house marking the month-long fast of Ramadan. Several family members also wear Islamic head scarves, or hijab.
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“In light of the significant increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority communities nationwide, we are urging the Monroe Police Department to seriously consider the possibility of a bias motive for this attack,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Staff Attorney Sana Hassan, “We are very concerned about the marked increase in hate crimes against Muslim individuals and institutions that we have documented in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky in just the past few months.”
CAIR has documented a significant increase in hate crimes targeting American Muslims over the past few months in Southwest Ohio and across the nation. The most prevalent trigger of anti-Muslim bias incidents in 2018, as in previous years, remains the victim’s ethnicity or national origin.
Hate motivated incidents in the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky region since late February include an attack on a mosque in Dayton, Ohio, a hate-motivated, physical attack on a Muslim woman in Kettering Ohio, and a Muslim man strangled by his supervisor at work in Northern Kentucky.
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CAIR-Cincinnati is also calling on elected officials and other community leaders to speak out against the propagation of hate and bias in our communities.
Hassan added: “Hate speech can and often does lead to hate crimes. These types of incidents are becoming more and more prevalent throughout society and there needs to be a concerted effort toward education about and prevention of hate crimes.
Just yesterday, CAIR released a groundbreaking report, called “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” listing the philanthropic foundations, many of them mainstream, that were used by anonymous special interest donors to funnel almost $125 million to anti-Muslim hate groups between 2014 and 2016.
The report’s authors noted that one outcome of the funding and promotion of anti-Muslim hate and conspiracy theories has been the measurable nationwide increase in often-fatal anti-Muslim hate violence, bullying of children and discrimination. The period covered by the report showed a marked increase in anti-Muslim hate violence and discrimination.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.