(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 11/13/14) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on the FBI to investigate anti-Islam vandalism apparently targeting Muslims in a St. Paul neighborhood as a hate crime.
Neighbors contacted CAIR-MN to report that someone wrote “F*** Islam” using motor oil near the driveway of a home. They said several Muslim families live in the St. Paul neighborhood.
“Federal law enforcement authorities should assist in bringing the perpetrators of this apparent hate crime to justice,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Lori Saroya. “Minnesota's political and religious leaders have a responsibility to speak out strongly against the growing anti-Muslim sentiment in our society that can lead to this type of disturbing incident.”
Saroya thanked the neighbors for reporting the hate vandalism and for repeatedly calling the city to paint it over. CAIR-MN is asking community members to report any information they have to help solve the hate vandalism.
Last week, CAIR called for an FBI investigation of a shooting attack on a mosque in California.
Last month, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a firebomb attack on an Albuquerque, N.M., mosque as a hate crime.
CAIR's San Diego chapter also asked the FBI to investigate a threatening letter with an unknown substance sent to a local Mosque.
Saroya urged the Muslim community to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR's “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
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