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Probe Urged for Fire at Muslim Home in Rhode Island

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/8/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today called on state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate a recent fire at a Muslim family home in Rhode Island for the possibility of a bias motive. CAIR said three members of the North Kingstown, R.I., Muslim family were injured, one severely, when a fire broke out sometime around 1 a.m. on Friday, August 5. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the family believes it began when someone ignited an outdoor grill after midnight. SEE: “Overnight House Fire Injures Three in Family” “Given recent incidents targeting Muslims, and a general rise in Islamophobic rhetoric in our society, it would only be prudent to investigate this fire with an eye to the possibility of a bias motive,” said CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar. CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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CONTACT: Arsalan Iftikhar, 202-488-8787, 202-415-0799


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