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CAIR Condemns Possible Bias-Motivated Arson Attack on Historic Maryland Church

(BALTIMORE, Md., 8/12/20) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an arson attack on a historic Black church in Anne Arundel County and an adjacent cemetery over the weekend.

SEE: Historic Maryland Church Is a Victim of Arson, Authorities Exploring Possible Hate Crime

The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday in the early morning hours at Judah Temple Ministries, a predominantly Black church that is over 120 years old.

“Our thoughts are with the Judah Temple Ministries congregation during this difficult time,” said CAIR Director in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “All houses of worship where God’s name is invoked in prayer are sanctuaries that deserve to be protected from attacks and hatred.”

According to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, the damages and loss are estimated to be about $10,000 in value. Based on eyewitness accounts and the church’s status, authorities are investigating the possibility of a hate crime.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Director of Maryland Zainab Chaudry,


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