(ANAHEIM, CA, 12/3/16) â€“ The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on Americanâ€“Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today expressed solidarity with the Christian community in that state following apparent hate vandalism targeting an Assyrian church in San Fernando, Calif.
Police says the Mar Shaleeta Ancient Church of the East was painted with â€œJehovah Lives!â€ and â€œ2 Kings 19:35, a reference to a Biblical passage that reads: â€œThen it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.â€
â€œWe condemn the implied threat in this apparently bias-motivated vandalism, and offer the Muslim communityâ€™s solidarity and support in dealing with this incident,â€ said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.
Earlier this year, CAIR-LA similarly expressed solidarity with the Christian community after a racist threat was sent to the Saint Paul Baptist Church in Oxnard, Calif.
The Muslim community has in the past expressed solidarity with Jewish, Christian and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
CAIRâ€™s national headquarters in Washington, D.C., has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election. Mosques nationwide have been targeted by a post-election hate letter campaign.
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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:Â http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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