(CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, 5/4/18) – The Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Iowa) today condemned apparent neo-Nazi vandalism of a bus owned by the predominantly African-American Bethel AME Church in Clinton, Iowa.
A church official discovered the vandalism – which included the phrase “N—— Die Soon 1488” written on the door of the recently-purchased bus. Each seat was marked with the image of a gun scope and “14” and “88,” which are numbers referring to the “14 words” of the white supremacist declaration and the numerical code for “Heil Hitler.”
“We condemn this apparent neo-Nazi vandalism of an American house of worship and express solidarity with both the Christian and African-American communities,” said CAIR-Iowa Executive Director Miriam Amer.
She noted that CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, Kansas, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
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 recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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