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CAIR Welcomes Charge for Cross-Burning, Nazi Swastika in Indiana, Condemns Distribution of White Supremacist Material in Iowa

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/7/2020) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed charges against a man who burned a cross and displayed a Nazi swastika allegedly to intimidate his Black neighbor in Lawrence, Ind., and condemned distribution of white supremacist material in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  

Federal prosecutors report that Shepard Hoehn, 50, created a Nazi swastika display and burned a cross on the fence line facing his neighbor’s property. He also allegedly created a large sign near the swastika with racial slurs with a machete displayed nearby. 

SEE: Neighbor threatens Black man with burning cross, swastika, machete in Indiana, feds say

Lawrence man accused of burning cross in his yard during dispute with neighbor faces federal hate crime charge 

CAIR also condemned the distribution of white supremacist material in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in which resealable plastic bags were found that contained a letter with a Nazi swastika and the words “White Pride” on it. 

SEE: Cedar Rapids police investigating possible hate crime

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:    

“We condemn all acts of racist and white supremacist intimidation and urge community members and public officials to join in speaking out against the unfortunately growing bigotry we are witnessing nationwide.”  

SEE: CAIR Condemns Series of Racist Incidents in Indiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia

CAIR Condemns Racist Flyers in Iowa, Welcomes Hate Crime Charge for KKK Vandalism

He said Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.  

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.   

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.   


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292,   

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