CAIR: Illinois Muslim School Hit with Acid Bomb
Muslim civil rights group calls for FBI hate crime probe
(CHICAGO, IL, 8/13/12) -- The Chicago office of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) today called for an FBI hate
crime investigation of an acid bomb attack on a Muslim school in that
CAIR-Chicago said someone threw a bottle filled with acid and
other unspecified materials at the College Preparatory School of America
during the nighttime Ramadan prayers on Sunday night. Worshipers said
they heard a loud bang and discovered that the acid bomb had been thrown
at the window of the school. No one was injured.
SEE: Islamic School Hit With Acid-Filled Bottle In Lombard
This is the second such incident targeting an Illinois Muslim
institution this past weekend. On Saturday, CAIR's Chicago office
reported that air rifle shots were fired at the outer wall of the Muslim
Education Center (MEC) mosque in Morton Grove, Ill.
CAIR: Man Arrested for Shooting at Chicago-Area Mosque as Hundreds Worship Inside
Video: Man Arrested for Shooting at Illinois Mosque (CAIR)
"These and other incidents of anti-Muslim bigotry are occurring
in an atmosphere of hate resulting from inflammatory statements by
elected officials nationwide," said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director
On Friday, Chicago Muslims spoke out against fear-mongering
comments made by Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh in which he said that
Islamic radicals were living in Chicago's suburbs.
A diverse group of Muslims, Jews and Christians held a press
conference in downtown Chicago to warn against the effects of such
irresponsible remarks, especially coming as they did following incidents
such as the deadly shooting spree at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Video: Rep. Walsh Under Fire for Comments About Muslims (CAIR)
Video: Chicago Muslims Outraged by Rep. Walsh's Comments (CAIR)
This morning, the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) called on state and federal law
enforcement authorities to investigate a paintball attack on an Oklahoma
mosque as a hate crime.
CAIR-OK said vandals fired numerous paintballs at the doors of
the Grand Mosque of Oklahoma City early Sunday and then fled the scene.
The attack, which the mosque's director first thought was a volley of
bullets, was captured on surveillance video. Local police are
investigating the incident.
Video: Vandals Shoot Paintballs at OKC Mosque
Vandals Fire Paintballs at Oklahoma City Mosque; Group Calls For Hate-Crime Investigation (AP)
Last week, CAIR's national headquarters issued a community
safety advisory for American mosques following other incidents targeting
Muslim houses of worship in Missouri and Rhode Island and after the
deadly shooting attack on the Sikh temple.
SEE: CAIR Issues Safety Advisory After Another Mosque Targeted
In one incident, a Missouri mosque previously targeted by an
arsonist burned to the ground. In California, pig legs were left at a
Southern California mosque and four teens face hate crime charges for
harassing worshipers at a northern California mosque.
CAIR: Islamic Group Asks for Investigation of Pig Legs at Mosque Site
CAIR: Arson, Vandalism at Mosques Not Uncommon (Joplin Globe)
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.
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