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CAIR Condemns Planned Pennsylvania KKK Cross-Burning

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/19/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a planned cross-burning by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) on Saturday in Pennsylvania’s southern Lancaster County.

CAIR says the KKK will stage the cross-lighting at an undisclosed farm in that county. Local officials and law enforcement agencies have also condemned the event.

SEE: KKK Plans Rally with Cross Burning in Lancaster County Saturday

“Pennsylvanians of all faiths and backgrounds should unite in condemning this hate-filled event and the rising bigotry that it represents,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

CAIR chapters in other states have similarly condemned rising bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Racist Arson Attack on Home of African-American Family

CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in Idaho, Virginia as Part of ”˜Rising Tide of Bigotry’

CAIR recently released a report showing a 57 percent increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This spike in anti-Muslim incidents was accompanied by a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.

SEE: New CAIR Report Shows More than 50 Percent Spike in Anti-Muslim Incidents

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

CAIR’s 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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Director Jacob Bender, 917-660-3805,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,



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