(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/2/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcome the indictment of a man suspected of the bias-motivated vandalism of a Tennessee mosque.
Charles Dwight Stout III, 19, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury and charged with obstruction of justice.
According to the indictment, Stout and another man vandalized the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro by placing bacon around an entrance and spray-painting obscene, Islamophobic messages on the exterior of the building. [NOTE: Anti-Muslim bigots often use pigs or pork products to intentionally offend Muslims because of the Islamic prohibition on consuming pork products.] One of the suspects wore a World War II Nazi gas mask.
Murfreesboro Man Indicted By Federal Grand Jury for Mosque Vandalism
CAIR called for a hate crime investigation of the vandalism.
“We welcome this indictment and hope it sends a strong message of deterrence to all those in the unfortunately growing ranks of racists, white supremacists and Islamophobes in Tennessee and nationwide,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper noted that his mosque has been targeted by hate a number of times in recent years.
Since the beginning of the year, CAIR’s national office has called for investigations of possible bias motives for dozens of other incidents targeting mosques in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Texas, and a number of other states.
CAIR is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.”
A hard copy of the booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website at: http://www.cair.com/mosque-safety-guide.html
It may also be viewed at: http://www.cair.com/CAIR_Mosque_Safety_Guide.pdf
CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting members of minority groups since the election of Donald Trump.
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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