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CAIR Condemns Hate Vandalism Targeting Mississippi Church, Expresses Solidarity with Christian Community

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/2/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned apparent hate vandalism targeting a Mississippi church and expressed the Muslim community’s solidarity with Christians in that state.

Police in Starkville, Miss., posted photos online showing damage inside the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection that included a cross turned upside down and another cross damaged. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

SEE: SPD Investigating Church Vandalism as Hate Crime

Starkville Church Vandalized

“We condemn this apparent act of hate targeting a house of worship and stand in solidarity with the Christian community in Mississippi and nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We urge law enforcement authorities to consider bringing hate crime charges against the perpetrators once they are apprehended.”

He noted that CAIR recently welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) decision to file federal arson charges against the man arrested for allegedly setting fire to A Missouri mosque.

SEE: CAIR-Missouri Welcomes Federal Action in Mosque Arson, Calls on DOJ to Add Hate Crime Charges

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 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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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