October 11th, 2009 13:00 EST
CAIR Calls on FBI to Investigate Bias Motivated Vandalism
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the FBI to investigate bias-motivated vandalism of a Houston, Texas, mosque.
CAIR said the Houston Police Department is investigating a Wednesday incident in which an unidentified man scrawled anti-Islamic remarks on the walls of the Turkish Center Mosque.
SEE: HPD Investigating Possible Hate Crime at Mosque
This kind of disturbing incident will only become more frequent unless our nation`s leaders speak out against the rising level of anti-Muslim rhetoric in our society, " said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. A strong response from national law enforcement authorities would send the message that hate crimes targeting the American Muslim community will not be tolerated. "
Earlier this week, CAIR`s New York office welcomed hate crime charges brought against a man who allegedly used racist slurs during an attack in Queens, N.Y., on a Long Island Muslim woman.
According to the alleged victim, who wears an Islamic head scarf, the perpetrator pulled alongside her vehicle on a local parkway, spat on it, and shouted, Dumb f***ing Pakistani! Go back to your country! "
The attacker was later arrested and will reportedly be charged with assault in the third degree, harassment in the first degree as a hate crime and harassment in the second degree. CAIR-NY is in contact with law enforcement authorities and will continue to monitor the case.
Last month, CAIR expressed concern about a spike " in reports of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide during or just prior to the month of Ramadan.
SEE: CAIR Concerned by `Spike` in Anti-Muslim Incidents in Ramadan
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.