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CAIR-MN to Join Public Hearing to Urge Castle Rock Township Board to Approve Permit for Muslim Cemetery

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 6/20/22) – Later today, (Monday, June 20), the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) will take part in a Castle Rock Township public hearing to urge the township board to approve the conditional use permit for a Muslim cemetery.

Tonight, the township planning board will hold a public hearing to listen to the community on the proposal for a conditional use permit from the Al Maghfirah (AL MAG-FIRAH) Cemetery.  .

WHAT: Castle Rock Township Public Hearing on Permit for Muslim
Cemetery

WHEN: Monday, July 20, 6:30 pm

WHERE: Castle Rock Town Hall 2537 240th St. W. Farmington, MN 55024

WHO: CAIR-MN, Interfaith Leaders, and Community Members

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com 

LIVESTREAM: https://www.facebook.com/CAIR.Minnesota/

BACKGROUNDER:

In August 2017 the cemetery was vandalized and again in October 2021 someone came to the cut gas line, destroyed the electrical box while exposing live wires, and strategically placed over 50 tires in hopes of creating an explosion and subsequent fire. These damages were estimated at over $200,000. 

SEE: Local, Federal Officials Called to Probe Bias Motive for Alleged Attempted Arson at Muslim Cemetery

https://www.cbsnews.com/minnesota/news/local-federal-officials-called-to-investigated-alleged-attempted-arson-at-muslim-cemetery/

In May of this year, CAIR-Minnesota called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for the trespass and burglary at the cemetery.

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Calls on FBI to Possible Probe Bias Motive for Burglary, Trespass at Muslim Cemetery

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.        
  
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CONTACT:
CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-206-3360, jhussein@cair.com  

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