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CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, 212-870-2002, 718-724-3041,;
CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268,;
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 202-488-8787,

CAIR: Man Shouting Anti-Muslim Slurs Desecrates NY Mosque

Muslim civil rights group renews call for official response to growing anti-Muslim bigotry


A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization
today renewed its call for a strong response by public officials to
growing anti-Muslim bigotry nationwide following another hate incident
targeting an American mosque.

The New York chapter of the Washington-based Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) reports that a man entered the Iman
Mosque in Queens, N.Y., during a prayer service last night and shouted
anti-Muslim slurs as he urinated on prayer rugs. The man, who was
charged with criminal trespass, allegedly called the worshippers

SEE: 'Drunk' Desecration at Mosque (New York Post)

Last night, CAIR reported that a mosque in California was
vandalized recently with a brick and hate signs referring to the
controversy over a planned Islamic community center in New York City.

CAIR said vandals targeting a Madera, Calif., Islamic center
left signs stating "No Temple for the God of terrorism at Ground Zero.
ANB," "Wake up America, the Enemy is here. ANB" and "American
Nationalist Brotherhood."

SEE: Calif. Mosque Vandalized with Hate Signs Referring to NY Controversy

CAIR: Is It Too Late for the Pro-Mosque Movement?

: CAIR-OH Rep Decries Anti-Mosque Campaign

Also yesterday, CAIR called on religious and political leaders
to repudiate growing Islamophobia following an attack on a New York taxi
driver who was allegedly stabbed by a passenger who had asked him if he
was Muslim.

SEE: Cabbie Stabbed After Fare Asked, 'Are You Muslim?'

CAIR: Rider Asks if Cabby Is Muslim, Then Stabs Him (NY Times)

Video: CAIR Rep Discusses NY Stabbing with Keith Olbermann

"Without a significant response by mainstream political leaders, this disturbing trend will only continue to grow," said CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali. "We ask that this incident be treated as a hate crime and that relevant charges be brought against the alleged perpetrator."

She singled out New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his strong
support for American Muslim religious and civil rights and urged other
elected officials to follow his lead. Ali also noted that a Florida
church plans to burn Qurans, Islam's revealed text, on the anniversary
of the 9/11 terror attacks.

SEE: CAIR: Pastor's Plan to Burn Korans Adds to Dangers

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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