(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/17/15)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called on the nationâ€™s political and religious leaders to repudiate Islamophobia in the wake of a spike in anti-Muslim incidents following the Paris terror attacks.
â€œThe mainstreaming of Islamophobia by a number of our nationâ€™s political and religious leaders has encouraged the latest hate-filled actions of anti-Muslim bigots,â€ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. â€œNow is the time for those leaders who are concerned about traditional American values of religious inclusion and tolerance to speak out against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime.â€
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Last night, CAIR issued a community safety alert after a Texas mosque had its door covered in feces and pages of the Quran were thrown to the ground covered with feces.
In that alert, CAIR cited anti-Muslim incidents reported since the Paris attacks, including terror threats to Florida mosques, vandalism at a Nebraska mosque, shots fired at a Florida Muslim familyâ€™s home, hate graffiti targeting a Connecticut Muslim student, an arson attack on a Canadian mosque, a tweet threatening Michigan Muslims, and innumerable hate messages sent online and by phone.
Since that alert was issued, CAIR received reports about shots fired at a Connecticut mosque, the police shooting of an Oklahoma man after he threatened to kill Muslims, an assault on a North Carolina Uber driver after he was asked whether he is Muslim, an assault on a Canadian Muslim mother, and the removal of â€˜Middle Easternâ€™ passengers from flight because the crew felt â€œuncomfortable.â€
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Because of recent hate incidents, Muslim community leaders are being asked to implement long-term safety measures outlined in CAIRâ€™s booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” which was published in response to a previous spike in attacks on American mosques.
A free copy of the booklet may be requested by going to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
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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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