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CAIR-MA Condemns Vandalism Targeting Historic Black Churches in Everett, Springfield

(BOSTON, MA, 4/30/21) – The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the United States, today condemned two recent acts of vandalism targeting Massachusetts Baptist churches.

A cross was ripped from the ground in front of the Zion Baptist Church in Everett overnight on Wednesday. The church’s senior pastor, Bishop Robert G. Brown, is also chair of Everett’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Equal Employment Commission.

SEE: Vandals uproot cross in front of Zion Baptist church

A day earlier, vandals defaced the sign for Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Springfield with black paint.

SEE: Church in Springfield vandalized

“We are appalled by these acts of bigotry and racism against our Christian neighbors,” said CAIR-MA Executive Director Dr. John Robbins. “Muslims are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan, during which we are enjoined to stand in solidarity with all who are confronted by hate.”

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.

SEE: CAIR Condemns ‘White Power’ Vandalism of Ancient Native American Art in Utah, Bill to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching in Idaho

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MA Executive Director John Robbins, 617-862-9159,