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Islamophobia in the US:

Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Increase in MA and NY, Mosque Vandalized in OK

CAIR: 'USA Bomb' Backpack Left at R.I. Muslim Family's Home (Projo)

A suspicious backpack left at a Muslim home should be treated as a hate crime, part of a possible backlash against the Boston Marathon bombings, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Sunday. . .

On Saturday, state bomb investigators responded to a report of a suspicious backpack left at a residence on Cass Avenue near Woonsocket High School. . .

The backpack said "USA Bomb" on it, Ead said.

 Says Spray-Painting of Okla. Mosque May Be Boston Backlash (NBC)

Video: CAIR-OK Urges Safety Precautions After Mosque Vandalism

Soltani said CAIR Oklahoma will reach out to other Muslim communities in the metro to make sure they take some extra safety precautions.

CAIR-OK: FBI Probes Vandalism at Oklahoma City Mosque (Oklahoman)

Outlook 2013: 3 Questions with CAIR-OK's Adam Soltani (Oklahoman)

Q. What will the biggest change be in the Oklahoma City metro area, in terms of the religious community? A. I believe one of the biggest challenges facing the religious community in the Oklahoma City metro area is how can we work together for a better future, not only for our faith groups and congregations, but for Oklahomans of all faiths or lack thereof. 

Open letter to Asra Nomani: Enabling Islamophobia (RNS) Sadly, there is a pattern of you standing with Islamophobes and against justice for years now.  

Obama: 'I'm Not the Strapping Young Muslim Socialist I Used to Be'

IL: Mixing Islam with Medicine

A Chicago doctor who owns a lavish Middle Eastern eatery on West Randolph Street wants to open the first outpatient surgery center in Illinois that he says will follow Islamic law.


CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Okla. Mosque Vandalism as Part of Boston 'Backlash'

(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 4/27/13) -- The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a second incident of vandalism targeting a mosque in that state to determine whether it is backlash from the recent Boston Marathon bombings.

CAIR-OK said the American Muslim Association building in Oklahoma City was vandalized with obscenities early Saturday. The FBI says the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

SEE: Oklahoma City Mosque Vandalized for 2nd Time

In 2012, vandals fired numerous paintballs at the doors of mosque. The attack, which the mosque's director first thought was a volley of bullets, was captured on surveillance video.

CAIR-OK: Paintball Attack on Local Mosque Caught on Tape (Video)

CAIR said there have been two violent incidents targeting American Muslims following the Boston bombings, including a mother of Middle Eastern heritage wearing an Islamic headscarf (hijab) who was assaulted in Malden, Mass., by a white male shouting anti-Muslim slurs, and a Bangladeshi man who was beaten hours after the Boston Marathon bombing by attackers who called him "a f**king Arab."

SEE: Hate Crimes in MA, NY Follow Boston Bombings

"We call on the FBI to determine whether or not there was a bias motive for this vandalism and if it is linked to anti-Muslim backlash resulting from the Boston Marathon bombings," said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani.

He said CAIR-OK, the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Conference of Churches recently sought prayers for those whose lives have been impacted by the bombings in Boston.

SEE: Okla. Interfaith Groups Call for Prayers for Boston Marathon Victims

CAIR-OK has recently voiced concerns over growing incidences of Anti-Muslim rhetoric at the state capitol and the formation of a counter-terrorism caucus targeted at demonizing the Oklahoma Muslim community.

SEE: Oklahoma Muslims Fret About Anti-Islamic Rhetoric

CAIR-OK also recently called on Muslims and all other Americans who value civil liberties to contact Governor Mary Fallin to ask that she not sign a bill, the sponsors of which admit was designed to attack the religious principles of Islam. Gov. Fallin later signed that bill into law. 

CAIR-OK: Oklahoma Governor Asked Not to Sign Anti-Muslim Bill

Soltani urged Muslim individuals and Islamic institutions to review advice on security procedures contained in its "Muslim Community Safety Kit."

CAIR: Muslim Community Safety Kit

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

CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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