(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/30/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the possibly bias-motivated vandalism of churches in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
A painting on the doors of Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, D.C., which displayed an image and quote of Martin Luther King Jr., was removed.
SEE: “racism fueled this act of vandalism.”
Someone also defaced a racial justice sign at Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, Va.
Racial Justice Sign Defaced in Front of Church Near Clarendon
In a statement, CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“Vandalism targeting symbols of racial justice – particularly at houses of worship — should be investigated as acts of hate and the perpetrators should be charged accordingly.”
Hooper noted that the Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Trump as president.
He said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy. Yesterday, CAIR unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd.
Video: CAIR Marks Anniversary of George Floyd’s Killing with Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner
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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com