MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 2, 2016) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) on Friday called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism of Mankato Islamic Center.
Video from the mosque’s security cameras show a white Male in his 20s vandalizing the Islamic center sign and replacing it with another sign indicating the mosque is for lease. According to mosque officials, the sign was also vandalized in January, 2015. Someone pulled off a portion of the sign and left it in the street.
“For someone to vandalize a mosque sign during broad daylight is troubling,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime.”
An unprecedented spike in Islamophobic rhetoric and anti-Muslim incidents nationwide in recent months has been attributed at least in part to statements and policy proposals made by public figures like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and others.
CAIR is urging American Muslims and Islamic institutions to take extra security precautions and is offering Muslim community leaders free copies of its booklet, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety.” The booklet may be requested through CAIR’s website: http://www.cair.com/mosque-
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.