(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/14/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic-Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that newly-released FBI hate crime statistics showing a 67 percent jump in anti-Muslim incidents in 2015 should push the nationâ€™s leaders to repudiate growing Islamophobia.
â€œWe witnessed a sharp jump in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide last year, with that spike in Islamophobia continuing through 2016 and accelerating after the November 8 election,â€ said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. â€œThis unprecedented increase in bigotry of all kinds must be repudiated in the strongest terms possible by all our nationâ€™s leaders, beginning with President-elect Donald Trump.â€
McCaw noted that the FBI statistics confirm CAIRâ€™s own report of an unprecedented number of anti-mosque incidents in 2015.
Since November 8, CAIR has noted a spike in incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups.
Also today, CAIR called on state and federal law enforcement authorities in Kentucky to investigate vandalism of a mosque in that state as a possible hate crime.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
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.
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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