FBI ASKED TO PROBE TEXAS MOSQUE VANDALISM
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/25/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a series of vandalism incidents targeting a Texas mosque.
An official with the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock told CAIR that the word “redemption” was discovered spray-painted on the mosque this morning. Vandals had previously broken lights and destroyed flower beds at the mosque.
In 2004, vandals wrote “sand n**gers” and “America rocks b*tch” on interior walls of the same mosque.
“Given the growing climate of anti-Muslim feeling in our society, these types of incidents targeting Islamic houses of worship need to be treated with the seriousness they deserve,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We call on the FBI to join in the investigation of a possible bias motive for these incidents.”
Hooper said that vandalism or other possible bias-related incidents have been reported recently at mosques around the nation and that CAIR is urging Muslim institutions nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in its “Muslim Community Safety Kit.” (See below.)
A recent CAIR report indicated an almost 30 percent increase in the total number of complaints of anti-Muslim bias from 2004 to 2005.
The complete “The Struggle for Equality” report may be viewed at:
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org