CAIR: Dead Pig Left at Houston-Area Mosque
(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 12/5/2012) - This morning, the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Texas) joined interfaith leaders for a press conference at the Islamic Outreach Center-Cypress (IOC-Cypress) to repudiate the apparent hate crime of a dead pig left at the mosque.
SEE: Slaughtered Pig Left Outside of Cypress Mosque a Possible Hate Crime
Members of IOC-Cypress were shocked to find a dead pig left on the Mosque deck yesterday during evening prayer time. Police and hate crime reports have been filed.
Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of CAIR-Texas stated:
"It is very alarming to see a house of worship being targeted with such an offensive gesture. It compromises the Muslim community's sense of safety. We ask for everyone's support during this time. We ask that law enforcement investigate this incident and the perpetrator be held accountable. There is no place for hate targeting houses of worship. The increase of Islamophobic rhetoric in American society is contributing to these unfortunate occurrences."
The mosque will be installing a security system.
CAIR’s San Antonio chapter recently called on federal law enforcement authorities to consider bringing charges against a man arrested for vowing to “shoot as many people as possible” at a local mosque.
The man arrested for allegedly making the terroristic threat, 44-year-old Christopher Bane, reportedly said he was going to use a .45 caliber handgun to kill Muslims at the mosque. Bane was charged with a Class B misdemeanor.
SEE: Man Accused of Threat to Shoot Up S.A. Mosque (Express-News)
CAIR’s New York chapter recently called on the FBI to investigate an apparently bias-motivated assault on a Queens man of Afghan heritage who was stabbed repeatedly outside a mosque by an attacker shouting anti-Muslim comments.
SEE: Mosque Attacker Still on the Loose: NYPD
In October, CAIR’s Washington state chapter (CAIR-WA) called on the FBI to investigate an apparent anti-Muslim hate attack on a Sikh taxi driver in that state. The driver was allegedly attacked by a man shouting anti-Muslim slurs after he commented on the cabbie's turban. [NOTE: Sikh men who wear beards and turbans as part of their faith are often targeted by bigots who mistake them for Muslims.]
SEE: CAIR-WA Seeks FBI Probe of Anti-Muslim Attack on Sikh Cabbie
Also last month, CAIR welcomed federal hate crime charges filed against an Indiana man who allegedly torched an Ohio mosque, causing more than $1 million in damage.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Federal Hate Crime Charges for Ohio Mosque Arson
Other American Muslim institutions have been targeted during a recent spike in hate incidents. In September, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate hate vandalism at mosques in Virginia and New York. In August, CAIR asked authorities to investigate a suspicious fire at a mosque in Minnesota.
CAIR: Burned Mosque to be Constructed Inside Joplin City Limits
CAIR Report: Thirteen Days in Ramadan 2012
CAIR: Anti-Muslim Attacks Continue
CAIR recently submitted written testimony for a Senate hearing on hate crimes and the threat of domestic extremism.
SEE: CAIR's Written Testimony to Senate Hearing
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-Texas Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, Phone: 832-549-1042, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com