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CAIR Urges Feds to Probe Vandalism Targeting Tennessee Muslim’s Vehicle as a Hate Crime

CAIR Urges Feds to Probe Vandalism Targeting Tennessee Muslim Vehicle as a Hate Crime(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/18/2017) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the vandalism of a Tennessee Muslim’s vehicle as a possible hate crime.

Murfreesboro, Tenn., police say vandals left pieces of pork bologna and a used condom on the man’s car. His wife wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab. [NOTE: Anti-Muslim bigots often use pigs or pork products to intentionally offend Muslims because of the Islamic prohibition on consuming pork products.] Local police are treating the incident as a bias-motivated crime. The FBI has been notified of the vandalism.

“These types of incidents are now occurring with such frequency that state and national leaders must address the rising level of bigotry that has resulted in an unprecedented number of hate crimes targeting American Muslims and other minority groups,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Last week, CAIR called for a hate crime investigation of vandalism targeting a Tennessee mosque. In that attack, slices of bacon were also used to spell out some messages and bacon was wrapped around one of the exterior doors of the mosque.

Earlier today, CAIR’s Georgia chapter called on mosques in that state and around the country to alert law enforcement authorities if they receive threatening phone calls from a right-wing extremist who has repeatedly threatened to attack a Georgia mosque.

CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.

Yesterday, CAIR released an update on anti-Muslim incidents in the second quarter (April-June) of 2017.

CAIR’s quarterly report indicates that the number of hate crimes in the first half of 2017 spiked 91 percent compared to the same period in 2016, which was the worst year for such anti-Muslim incidents since the civil rights organization began its current documenting system in 2013.

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/report      

CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app    

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es 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 Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, 202-384-8857, csaylor@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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