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CAIR Seeks Probe of Possible Bias Motive for Quran Vandalism at New Mexico Library

CAIR National logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/15/17) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the reported vandalism of copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, at a New Mexico library.

CAIR also urged authorities to take into account an alleged pattern of behavior by a couple at the Santa Fe library. According to library officials, the couple came to the library every few days, moved books around, displayed right-wing books on tables, and at times would be loud and disruptive.

Surveillance cameras reportedly showed the male in the couple would frequently walk to locations in which damaged books were later found. The Qurans were soiled with a liquid, which library workers believed to be urine.

SEE: Police Investigating Claim Couple May have Urinated on Quran at Library

“Based on the behavior of the suspects in this case, we urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for the destruction of library property,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Yesterday, CAIR’s Arizona chapter called for a similar investigation of the desecration of copies of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, by an intruder at a Tucson mosque.

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Quran Desecration at Tucson Mosque

Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Quran Desecration at Tucson Mosque

Hooper encouraged people of all faiths and backgrounds to obtain – and read – a copy of the Quran through CAIR’s “Explore the Quran” project.

GO TO: To Request a Quran

GO TO: To Sponsor a Quran

CAIR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the election.

SEE: Hate Crimes Against US Mosques Double So Far in 2017

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges 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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726ihooper@cair.com

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