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CAIR-MD/VA: Baltimore Mosque Vandalized CAIR-MD/VA seeks probe of possible bias motive

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/5/05) – The Maryland and Virginia office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD/VA) today called on local and national law enforcement authorities to investigate recent vandalism at a Baltimore mosque as a possible bias-related incident. Officials with Masjid Al-Rahmah say vandals splashed red paint on a sign, wall and fence at the facility late last month. “As with any such incident at a house of worship, the possibility of a bias motive should be investigated,” said CAIR-MD/VA Director of Civil Rights Shama Farooq. CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

CONTACT: Shama Farooq, 301-986-1900, 301-343-2924, E-Mail:


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