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CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism at Texas Mosque

MasjidAlAhad(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 10/14/15) – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) tonight called on state and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate vandalism at a Texas mosque as a possible hate crime.

CAIR-Houston said vandals shattered the glass door of Masjid Al-Ahad in Katy, Texas, on Monday between prayers at the mosque. Mosque officials say the vandals may have watched to know when it would be empty. The mosque is located next to a church and restaurants, but it was the only facility vandalized. Nothing was stolen from the mosque.

SEE: Vandals Smash Glass Door of Katy Mosque

“Because of the recent hate campaign targeting mosques nationwide and the anti-Muslim remarks by public officials, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this crime,†said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.

Earlier this month, CAIR urged Muslim community leaders to consider instituting additional safety measures in response to hate rallies by anti-Muslim extremists targeting mosques nationwide.

SEE: CAIR Asks Mosques Nationwide to Take Added Safety Measures Prior to Anti-Islam Rallies October 10

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, recently called for hate crime charges against a man arrested after allegedly threatening Muslim worshipers at a prayer service in Ohio.

SEE: CAIR Seeks Hate Crime Charges for Threats to Ohio Muslims on Islamic Holiday

In August, CAIR released a new brief, called “Toxic Hate,” indicating that rhetorical attacks on the nation's Muslim community in the past year have a “more violent tone” than past spikes in Islamophobic sentiment.

The CAIR brief outlines incidents of violence and threats targeting individual Muslims, threats against groups of Muslims and threats and violence targeting Islamic houses of worship and institutions. It also includes a section on the recent phenomenon of armed anti-Islam demonstrations.

SEE: CAIR's New 'Toxic Hate' Brief Outlines Violent Tone in Recent U.S. Islamophobia

CAIR called for similar investigations of vandalism and hate targeting mosques in Kentucky, Virginia, Nebraska, Tennessee, New York, and other states.

Those incidents fit a pattern of increased hate-motivated crimes and bias incidents nationwide targeting persons and property associated, or perceived to be associated, with Islam and the American Muslim community.

CAIR is urging community leaders to obtain and implement safety measures outlined in its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR's website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html        

CAIR also asks Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html    

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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CONTACT: CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 713-838-2247 (office), 832-549-1042 (cell), mcarroll@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726

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