CAIR Seeks Probe of Bias Motive for Vandalism at Mich. Mosque

CAIR Seeks Probe of Bias Motive for Vandalism at Mich. Mosque

(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 5/16/2010) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for recent vandalism at a mosque in that state.

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CAIR-MI said officials with the Islamic Association of Michigan (Masjid Umar-bin-Khattab) in Brownstown, Mich., report that in two incidents — the first on May 9 and the second on May 15 — vandals broke windows and the glass in an entryway door.

The vandals were reportedly caught on surveillance video. The FBI has been notified about the incidents.

“Given recent events, including the failed Times Square bombing and attacks on Muslim individuals and institutions nationwide, a possible bias motive for these acts of vandalism should be investigated,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

Yesterday, CAIR’s San Diego chapter called for hate crime charges to be brought against a man who allegedly used racial slurs during an attack Wednesday on an Afghan-American Muslim taxi driver.

SEE: Hate Crime Charges Sought in Attack on Calif. Muslim

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20100515/pl_usnw/DC05575_1

On Friday, CAIR questioned the silence of public officials and national media about a bomb attack Monday on a Florida mosque, which the Muslim civil rights organization attributed in part to growing anti-Islam rhetoric in American Society.

SEE: CAIR Questions National Silence on Fla. Mosque Bombing http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20100514/pl_usnw/DC05153_1

CAIR Asks Conn. GOP to Repudiate Candidate’s Anti-Muslim Comments http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20100514/pl_usnw/DC05543_1

Also last week, CAIR’s Chicago chapter reported that vandals defaced an exhibit by a Muslim graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

SEE: Attack on Muslim Artwork Called a “Hate Crime”

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=164662

CAIR is urging American Muslim individuals and institutions to review guidelines on security procedures contained in its “Muslim Community Safety Kit.”

SEE: CAIR Muslim Community Safety Kit http://www.cair.com/ActionCenter/CommunityToolKit.aspx

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, E-Mail: dwalid@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: arubin@cair.com

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