For Immediate Release


CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper
202-744-7726, 202-488-8787
CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin
202-488-8787, 202-341-4171

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

FBI Asked to Probe Arson at Georgia Mosque

WASHINGTON - 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


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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


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