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CAIR-LA Expresses Solidarity with Christian Community After Hate Vandalism of Assyrian Church

CAIR logo(ANAHEIM, CA, 12/3/16) – The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American–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 “Jehovah Lives!†and “2 Kings 19:35, a reference to a Biblical passage that reads: “Then 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€

SEE: Assyrian Church in San Fernando Vandalized With Bible Verse Referencing Mass Killing

“We condemn the implied threat in this apparently bias-motivated vandalism, and offer the Muslim community’s solidarity and support in dealing with this incident,†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.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Threat and Vandalism Targeting Home of Jewish Professor in Oberlin, Ohio

CAIR’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.

Video: CAIR-GA Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell on CNN to Discuss Surge in Anti-Muslim Hate Incidents

CAIR Urges Vigilance, Solidarity After Spike in Hate Incidents Across Maryland

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/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 misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Coordinator Malak Habbak, 714-776-1847, mhabbak@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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