(ANAHEIM, CA, 6/4/09) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) said today that vandals targeted a local mosque with hate graffiti early this morning.
CAIR-LA said the mosque in Cypress, Calif., was vandalized with “huge” graffiti, which stated: “F**k You, “we’re going to kill you,” and “US Military is going to kill you all.” The graffiti was reportedly several feet high across a wall of 20 to 30 feet. Local police are treating the vandalism as a hate crime.
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Representatives of CAIR-LA reported the incident to the FBI and are in touch with the police department and mosque officials.
“This apparent hate crime points to the need to challenge the destructive phenomenon of anti-Muslim stereotypes in our society that President Obama warned us about in his speech today in Cairo,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush.
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He said state and national religious and political leaders must challenge the growing level of Islampohobia in American society that can result in such incidents. Ayloush added that CAIR offers advice for reacting to anti-Muslim hate crimes in its “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
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