(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/25/21) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate anti-Muslim, neo-Nazi and racist graffiti sprayed on a mosque in Moorhead, Minn., as a hate crime.
Officials with the Moorhead-Fargo Islamic Community Center reported to CAIR-MN that vandals overnight spray-painted hate messages such as “Death to Islam,” F**k Islam, “N**ger,” and a Nazi swastika on and near the mosque. A window of the mosque was also broken. Police have released a photo of the suspect. The FBI is assisting in the case.
PHOTOS OF VANDALISM:
Suspect photos released after Moorhead Fargo Islamic Center vandalized with hate speech
FBI investigating vandalism at Moorhead Mosque
CAIR-MN also called on state lawmakers to pass a bill updating Minnesota’s hate crime legislation. A Minnesota House committee moved forward a bill (HF 1691) to update the state’s hate crime statutes to allow community organizations to report hate crimes to the Department of Human Rights, update police training to respond to hate crimes and treat hateful graffiti as a hate crime.
SEE: Minnesota House pushes to update hate crime laws
“We call on local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this disturbing attack as a hate crime and to devote all resources necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “Our state’s lawmakers must also show that they take growing hate crimes seriously by passing legislation to update how hate incidents are reported and handled.”
He noted that tomorrow, CAIR will hold a virtual news conference to release its latest national report on the civil rights of American Muslims, titled “Resilience in the Face of Hate.”
WHEN: Monday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET
SEE: CAIR to Issue Report Detailing 6000+ American Muslim Civil Rights Complaints
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR-MN Deputy Director Mohamed Ibrahim 507-990-3473, mIbrahim@cair.com