IF YOUR MOSQUE IS VANDALIZED AND DAMAGED IN ANY WAY, CAIR – CAN WANTS THEIR FELLOW MUSLIMS TO CALL THEM FIRST, ‘THEN’ CALL THE POLICE…
National Muslim civil rights organization condemns vandalism of Port Coquitlam mosque
Saturday, March 12, 2011 9:58 am
– For immediate release –
(Ottawa, Canada – March 12th, 2011) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) condemns last Thursday’s vandalism of the Port Coquitlam Mosque. According to a report the vandalism included graffiti with a racial slur. CAIR-CAN applauds
the Port Coquitlam Police decision to investigate this incident as a potential hate crime and hopes that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.
“Attacks on any place of worship are deeply offensive and hurtful. Islam promotes social justice, peaceful relations and understanding with our neighbours. Unfortunately, these incidents which target Muslims and members of other faith groups continue.
As a response CAIR-CAN, in solidarity with fellow Canadians, earlier this year issued a Statement on the Sanctity of Sacred Spaces,” said Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Executive Director.
“We call on politicians, security officials and community leaders in Port Coquitlam to stand firm against all forms of hate, racism and xenophobia. These acts and the physical damage they cause represent cowardly attempts to intimidate and divide communities by further stigmatizing visible and vulnerable minorities.”
“While very troubling, CAIR-CAN does not believe such incidents represent the sentiments of the vast majority of Canadians and we ask our fellow citizens of conscience to join us in condemning this act.”
“Furthermore we urge mosque leaders and officials to remain vigilant and to immediately report suspicious behaviour to CAIR-CAN and the proper authorities, in order to establish a
clear record of such incidents.”
CAIR-CAN is a national, non-profit, grassroots organization striving to be a leading voice that enriches Canadian society through Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human
CONTACT:Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Executive Director, 613-254-9704; 613-853-4111
P.O. Box 13219