(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.
“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.
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.
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: http://www.cair.com/report
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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