CAIR-MI CONDEMNS ANTI-ARAB VANDALISM OF ASSYRIAN CHURCH
SOUTHFIELD, MI (4/4/07) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today condemned vandalism of the Assyrian Church of the East – St. Mary’s Church in Warren, Mich., and called on law enforcement authorities to allocate greater resources in investigating hate crimes against houses of worship. The vandalism included graffiti stating “Arabs must die.”
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“We offer our sympathy and support to the local Assyrian community and call on law enforcement to investigate this incident, and similar attacks on houses of worship, with a greater sense of urgency,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. Walid said he was particularly concerned that the vandalism occurred during a holy period for Christians.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org