(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/2/2009) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported today that mosques in Pennsylvania and Florida have been targeted by vandals.
In Pennsylvania, red paint was splashed across the steps leading to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.
SEE: Vandals Hit Islamic Center in Oakland (Post-Gazette)
CAIR’s South Florida chapter reported today that shots were fired at a Miami mosque and Islamic school. (CAIR-SFL Executive Director Altaf Ali will be available for media interviews at the scene.)
SEE: Police Investigate Shots Fired At Miami Mosque
LOCATION: Masjid An-Noor/The Islamic School of Miami, 11699 SW 147th Avenue, Miami
CONTACT: CAIR-SFL Executive Director Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is urging Muslims nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in its “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”
SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit
“We urge local, state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate possible bias motives for these incidents,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper asked leaders of all faiths to reject religious intolerance. He noted that just today, Pat Robertson called Islam a “religion of hate.”
SEE: CAIR Asks Christians to Repudiate ‘Hate-Filled Rhetoric’
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.
– END –
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org