CAIR PRESS RELEASE
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/10/07) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on the FBI to investigated what Tennessee law enforcement authorities are calling a "hate crime" targeting a mosque in that state.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said worshipers at the Islamic Center of Clarksville found a defaced copy of the Quran, Islam's revealed text, on the front steps of the mosque just before communal prayers (Jummah) on Friday. Two strips of bacon, which is prohibited for Muslims to eat, were smeared in the Quran. Local police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
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"We once again urge local, state and national political and religious leaders to repudiate the growing level of anti-Muslim rhetoric in our society that can lead to such troubling incidents," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. He noted that a bullet-riddled Quran was thrown at the Islamic Center of Chattanooga in 2005.