(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 11/24/15) — The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for vandalism overnight of a mosque in that state.
An official with the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock, Texas, reports that worshipers at a mosque associated with the center discovered outside lights broken and the mosqueâ€™s main glass door smashed when they arrived for early morning (fajr) prayers. Nothing was stolen from the facility.
â€œBecause of the recent spike in attacks on American Muslims and their religious institutions, and because nothing was stolen from the mosque, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this crime,â€ said CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll.
Carroll said there have been other recent hate incidents targeting mosques in Texas, including an intrusion by a man shouting obscenities in a San Antonio mosque, feces smeared on a mosque and pages of the Quran in Pflugerville, a threatening letter sent to a mosque in Corpus Christi, and an armed anti-Islam rally outside a mosque in Irving.
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Yesterday, CAIRâ€™s New York chapter called on the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the FBI to investigate as a possible hate crime an alleged threat to two Muslim women by a man wearing a U.S. Postal Service uniform and identifying himself as a postal worker.
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Also yesterday, CAIR reported that a Virginia mosque had been targeted by a fake bomb, just one in a series of attacks on American mosques since the Paris terror attacks.
CAIRâ€™s Cincinnati chapter called on the FBI and local law enforcement authorities to investigate a bias motive for an alleged attempt to run down a Muslim woman.
CAIRâ€™s San Diego chapter took part in a rally against Islamophobia after an alleged attack on a Muslim woman university student.
CAIRâ€™s Massachusetts chapter called for increased police protection at local mosques because of a spike in anti-Muslim rhetoric and direct threats against Muslim houses of worship nationwide since the recent Paris terror attacks.
These 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 since the Paris attacks.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking 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.htmlÂ Â Â
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-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 713-838-2247 (office), 832-549-1042 (cell), email@example.com