(SACRAMENTO, CA, 8/30/2021) – The Sacramento Valley / Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV/CC) today called on local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an apparent vandalism of the Japanese-American Presbyterian Church in Sacramento as a hate crime.
Just yesterday, a suspect broke into one of the oldest Japanese-American churches in Sacramento and smashed a sign but did not take anything.
SEE: Japanese-American Presbyterian Church In Sacramento Vandalized
In a statement, CAIR-SV/CC Executive Director Basim Elkarra said:
“We express our solidarity with and support for the Japanese American community in the wake of this desecration of a place of worship. An attack on any house of worship is an attack on all our houses of worship, and we urge the SPD to investigate this incident as a hate crime.”
He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
CAIR-SV/CC is an office of CAIR, the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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