May 10th, 2009 20:16 EST
NC Muslim Being Harassed
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate possible civil rights violations in the harassment of a Muslim mother in North Carolina whose home has been targeted repeatedly by vandals.
The 53-year-old mother of four in Greensboro, N.C., who wears an Islamic head scarf (hijab), reports that vandals have been throwing eggs at her home since she moved into the neighborhood in 2005. She believes the attacks have been prompted by her Islamic attire. The last attack on her house came on April 13.
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We urge local, state and national law enforcement authorities to investigate the possible bias motive in this troubling case and to bring the perpetrators to justice, " said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. No American of any faith should be subjected to such harassment. "
Hooper added that it is up to state and national religious and political leaders to challenge the growing level of Islampohobia in American society that can result in such incidents.
He said CAIR offers advice for reacting to anti-Muslim hate crimes in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
CAIR, America`s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787 or 202-341-4171, E-Mail: email@example.com