(HOUSTON, TX, 2/7/2006) – The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Houston) today called on the FBI to investigate an anti-Muslim sign left at a local mosque as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-Houston officials say the large plywood sign was discovered last night outside Masjid Abu Bakr Siddque in southeast Houston.
Statements written on the sign claimed that Muslims are America’s enemy and attempted to defame Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
“Americans of all faiths need to repudiate the kind of hatred and bigotry that results in attacks on houses of worship,” said CAIR-Houston Board Member Kaleem Siddiqui. Siddiqui said placement of the sign may have been prompted by the worldwide controversy over publication of Danish cartoons attacking the Prophet Muhammad.
CAIR said vandalism or other possible bias-related incidents have been reported recently at mosques in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, California, and New York. In December of last year, bombs damaged an Ohio mosque.
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The Washington-based group is urging Muslim institutions nationwide to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR’s “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”
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CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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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CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Board Member Kaleem Siddiqui, 713-838-2247, 210-884-5335; CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org