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CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Okla. Mosque Vandalism as Part of Boston 'Backlash'
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 4/27/13) -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a second incident of vandalism targeting a mosque in that state to determine whether it is backlash from the recent Boston Marathon bombings.
CAIR-OK said the American Muslim Association building in Oklahoma City was vandalized with obscenities early Saturday. The FBI says the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
In 2012, vandals fired numerous paintballs at the doors of mosque. The attack, which the mosque's director first thought was a volley of bullets, was captured on surveillance video.
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CAIR said there have been two violent incidents targeting American Muslims following the Boston bombings, including a mother of Middle Eastern heritage wearing an Islamic headscarf (hijab) who was assaulted in Malden, Mass., by a white male shouting anti-Muslim slurs, and a Bangladeshi man who was beaten hours after the Boston Marathon bombing by attackers who called him "a f**king Arab."
"We call on the FBI to determine whether or not there was a bias motive for this vandalism and if it is linked to anti-Muslim backlash resulting from the Boston Marathon bombings," said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani.
He said CAIR-OK, the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Conference of Churches recently sought prayers for those whose lives have been impacted by the bombings in Boston.
CAIR-OK has recently voiced concerns over growing incidences of Anti-Muslim rhetoric at the state capitol and the formation of a counter-terrorism caucus targeted at demonizing the Oklahoma Muslim community.
CAIR-OK also recently called on Muslims and all other Americans who value civil liberties to contact Governor Mary Fallin to ask that she not sign a bill, the sponsors of which admit was designed to attack the religious principles of Islam. Gov. Fallin later signed that bill into law.
Soltani urged Muslim individuals and Islamic institutions to review advice on security procedures contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
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.