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CAIR-Missouri Welcomes Hate Crime Charges for Arson Targeting Mormon Church

(ST. LOUIS, MO, 5/6/2022) – The Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) today welcomed federal hate crime charges for a man accused of burning down a Mormon church last year.  

Yesterday, the Justice Department announced hate crime charges against the man in connection with his alleged role in an arson fire at a Mormon church in Cape Girardeau, Mo., last April. If convicted, the man faces up to 20 years in prison consecutive to any other sentence. 

SEE: Man charged with federal hate crime, arson in connection with Cape Girardeau church fire

“We welcome the hate crime charges in this despicable attack targeting a house of worship,” said CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali. “We stand in solidarity with the Mormon community and all those targeted by bigotry and hate.” 

He noted that earlier this week, CAIR-Connecticut condemned an allegedly bias-motivated arson of a vehicle belonging to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

SEE: CAIR-Connecticut Condemns Anti-Mormon Arson 

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CONTACT: CAIR-Missouri Board Chair Yasir Ali,, 314-722-6116; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,