(BOSTON, MA, 7/13/20) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) today condemned vandalism at St. Peter’s Church in Dorchester over the weekend targeting a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Boston Police and Fire departments are investigating after the statue was set on fire Saturday night.
SEE: Virgin Mary statue in Dorchester burned in alleged arson
“Massachusetts Muslims stand in solidarity with St. Peter’s congregation and the Dorchester community,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. “Religious bigotry goes against our shared American values.”
He noted that Muslims join Christians in revering the Virgin Mary. The Quran, Islam’s revealed text, states: “There came the time when angels said: ‘O Mary! Surely God has exalted you, purified you, and preferred you for His service over all the women of the worlds.’” (The Holy Quran, 3:42)
CAIR-MA Civil Rights Director Barbara J. Dougan noted that the Boston Police Department’s civil rights unit takes apparent hate crimes very seriously. “I would expect that detectives will be able to track down a suspect,” said Dougan.
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-MA Civil Rights Director Barbara J. Dougan, 781-281-9992, firstname.lastname@example.org; Executive Director John Robbins, 617-862-9159, email@example.com