(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/16/2018)””The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim rights and civil advocacy group, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire at a North Carolina mosque under construction.
Agents of the ATF and FBI are investigating the blaze at the Islamic Center of Cary in Cary, N.C. An official with the center told CAIR that a window had been broken at the point of the fire and that there had been incidents of vandalism targeting the construction site in the past.
“Given the recent rise in hate targeting American Muslims and other minority communities, we urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive in this case,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that earlier today, CAIR’s Kentucky chapter welcomed federal hate crime charges brought against a white man accused of killing two African-American shoppers last month at a Kroger grocery store in Jeffersontown, Ky.
In October, CAIR called law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged bomb threat targeting a Nation of Islam mosque in North Carolina as a hate crime.
Earlier this month, CAIR sought an investigation of vandalism targeting an Idaho mosque.
CAIR recently asked Muslim communities to implement increased security measures in the wake of recent hate incidents nationwide.
The Washington-based civil rights organization is urging mosques and other houses of worship and faith-based and advocacy organizations to take extra security precautions as outlined in its “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet.
The advice in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission.
The booklet may be viewed at:
CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. CAIR has repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic, white supremacist and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
Preliminary data for 2018 indicate that there have been 927 hate incidents targeting American Muslims.
SEE: CAIR 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to:
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ; CAIR Communications Manager Naaz Modan, 202-748-4319,