(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/12/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the FBI and local law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism targeting a Virginia mosque.
An official of the Manassas Mosque in Manassas, Va., told CAIR that a security guard discovered yellow paint and an obscenity sprayed on doors and windows of the house of worship early this morning. The vandals also broke one of the mosque's glass doors.
“Whenever a house of worship is targeted by vandals, the possibility of a bias motive must be investigated by law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Last month, CAIR's New York chapter held a news conference at the Islamic Center of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn in reaction to hate incidents, including one in which individuals holding Israeli flags out of a car window screamed at and antagonized worshippers in front of the mosque as worshippers gathered for morning prayers. Police later arrested a suspect in the case.
In response to previous attacks on American mosques, CAIR published a booklet called “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.
Community leaders may request a free copy of CAIR's “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” by going to: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.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: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, email@example.com