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CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper
CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin

FBI Asked to Probe Arson at Georgia Mosque


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the
FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for a fire at a Georgia mosque
that officials say "appears" to be intentionally set.

CAIR reported that the fire broke out late Monday at the
Islamic Center of Marietta (Masjid Al-Hedaya) and resulted in severe
damage to the facility. Evidence of forcible entry and vandalism were
discovered at the site. Local authorities are investigating the blaze as
a possible hate crime.

SEE: Marietta
Mosque Damaged, Arson Suspected
Mosque Fire was Arson

"Given the recent wave of incidents targeting American mosques,
a possible bias motive for this apparent arson attack must be
considered," said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim
. "Unfortunately, there is a vocal minority in our
society promoting anti-Muslim bigotry, and that minority is experiencing
little or no pushback from mainstream religious and political leaders."

He said other recent Islamophobic incidents include a hate
rally yesterday against a Florida mosque and a planned protest against
the expansion of an Islamic center in Tennessee.

SEE: Anti-Islam
Demonstration in Florida
Plan March Against Murfreesboro Mosque

Hooper noted that CAIR recently called on the FBI to
investigate a threat made to bomb a proposed mosque in Sheepshead Bay,

SEE: Mosque
'Bomber,' Under Investigation by Cops, Changes Story

Mosques in New York also faced hate rhetoric by opponents, as
did several others in Tennessee. A mosque in Jacksonville, Fla., was
recently the target of a bomb attack. A Houston radio host made a
controversial on-air call for the bombing of a proposed mosque and
community center in New York City.

SEE: Muslims
in USA Face Fears, Bias to Build, Expand Mosques
CAIR Video: Hate
Groups Promoting Islamophobia in America

Mosque Attack Called Terrorism

CAIR Video: Texas
Talk Show Host Under Fire for Mosque Bomb Remark

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy
organization is urging American Muslim individuals and institutions to
review advice on security procedures contained in its "Muslim
Community Safety Kit

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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