(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/26/2006) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today asked the FBI to probe an attack on a Georgia Muslim family as a possible hate crime.
On April 8, vandals torched the Douglasville, Ga., family’s van and spray-painted “Killers Go Home!” on a wall of their home. The family told CAIR that local authorities have been slow to investigate the attack.
SEE: Spray Painted Hate Message (CBS 46)
“This disturbing incident once again points to the need for our nation’s leaders to speak out strongly against anti-Muslim bias,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We urge the FBI to add its resources to those of local law enforcement authorities so that the perpetrators of this attack may be brought to justice.”
Hooper said other attacks on American Muslims and their institutions have occurred recently. Earlier this month, CAIR announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of an assault on a female Muslim student at Baylor University in Texas.
SEE: CAIR Offers Reward for Info on Baylor U Assault
Also this month, CAIR’s Florida office (CAIR-FL) called on local and national law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism at one of that state’s mosques as a possible hate crime. CAIR-FL received reports of similar acts of vandalism at five other South Florida Islamic centers last year.
SEE: FBI Asked to Probe Mosque Vandalism
As evidence of growing Islamophobia, Hooper cited the recent Dubai ports management controversy and an ongoing highway billboard campaign in Missouri that features a farmer and an unlabeled image of the former king of Saudi Arabia with the text: “Who would you rather buy your gas from?”
SEE: Billboards Highlight Middle Eastern Relations During Ethanol Debate (AP)
The Washington-based group is urging Muslim individuals and institutions nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR’s “Muslim Community Safety Kit.” That kit may be obtained free of charge by e-mailing: email@example.com (Include name, address and phone number when requesting the safety kit.)
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its 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.
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: email@example.com