(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 3/7/18) - - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called for a state and federal investigation of a recently-discovered video showing members of the North Dakota Security Force III% shooting at and destroying a replica “mosque.”
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The video, posted on YouTube in 2016 and recently sent to CAIR, shows a package of bacon – which is often used by bigots to intentionally insult Muslims – and then shows members of the group shooting at and exploding the replica mosque. NOTE:
“This disturbing display of violent bigotry targeting an American religious minority should be investigated by state and federal law enforcement authorities, and must be repudiated by public officials and religious leaders of all faiths,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.
He noted that CAIR has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.