(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/8/17) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), a leading Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the racist and anti-Semitic vandalism targeting a northern North Dakota church.
According to Rev. Ensley Windham, one of the associate pastors at the Church of the Living God in Minot, N.D., the church was vandalized late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Police are investigating the drawing of Nazi swastikas and the writing of “KKK” and the “N” word on the church building.
“With our nation facing increased racially and religiously-motivated attacks, this reprehensible attack against our Christian brothers and sisters must be condemned by Americans of all faiths,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “CAIR-MN extends its solidarity and support to the Church of the Living God community and to all North Dakotans trying to practice their faith during these trying times.”
“No North Dakotan should face harassment because of his or her religious beliefs,” said Hussein. “We are a nation united by our diversity. Any attack motivated by religious bigotry is an attack on all Americans and the values we hold dear.”
There has been an unprecedented spike in hate rhetoric and bias-motivated incidents targeting people of various religious faiths and other minorities in the last few months and many incidents go unreported due to fear.
CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with Christian, Jewish, Native American, African-American, and Sikh communities in New Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Massachusetts, South Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and other states following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson, or bombings.
Individuals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas are asked to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-MN at (612) 206-3360, or by filing a report at: http://cairmn.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident.html
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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