(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/6/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) today called for stepped-up police protection at Muslim
institutions and other houses of worship nationwide after a fire
destroyed a Missouri mosque that had previously been targeted by an
arsonist and after yesterday's deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in
CAIR is also offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of whoever may have caused today's fire. The
Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization is in touch with the
FBI about the case
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Fire officials are investigating the second fire at the Islamic
Society of Joplin this summer. The blaze, which engulfed the entire
structure, was reported early Monday. Mosque officials tell CAIR the
facility, valued at an estimated $600,000, had been targeted by
bias-motivated incidents a number of times in the past.
A small fire at the same building in July was determined to be
arson. At that time, CAIR called for state and federal hate crime
investigations of the fire.
Yesterday, CAIR issued a statement
expressing the Muslim community's solidarity with Sikhs following a
deadly shooting at a house of worship of that faith in Wisconsin.
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"These disturbing incidents point to the urgent need for
increased police protection for Muslim and Sikh houses of worship
nationwide," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "If left unchallenged, religious intolerance can and does harm innocent people."
Because of these two most recent incidents targeting American
houses of worship, and because of previous attacks on American mosques,
CAIR is urging religious leaders nationwide to review advice on security
procedures contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
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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.
Many freedom loving Americans dislike Muslims because they not only practice Shariah law but also wants several religious benefits at work place while peak business. If employers don't comply they bring law suits against Employers.