(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/24/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned vandalism of Black Lives Matter signs at Rock Spring Congregational church in Arlington, Va., and at the Islamic Center of Nashville in Tennessee.
Someone had cut the word “Black” out of the Virginia church sign. The same thing had been done to a Black Lives Matter sign on the church lawn in 2015. The church is ordering new signs to replace the one destroyed by the vandalism.
SEE: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign in Front of Church Vandalized
CAIR also condemned the vandalism of a sign at the Islamic Center of Nashville over the weekend. The lettering on the sign was changed from “Black Lives Matter” to “All Lives Matter.”
SEE: Police investigate vandalism at Islamic Center of Nashville after ‘Black Lives Matter’ message changed
In a statement, CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said: “We strongly condemn the targeting of faith communities by those who seek to maintain systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy.”
CAIR recently condemned the vandalism of a George Floyd mural in Utah and a white supremacy banner in Iowa.
SEE: CAIR Condemns White Supremacy Banner in Iowa, Vandalism of George Floyd Mural in Utah
Ajeen 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.
She said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.
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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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com