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Fire caused more than
$1 million in damage to Islamic house of worship
Oct. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed federal hate crime charges filed against an
Indiana man who allegedly torched an
Ohio mosque, causing more than
$1 million in damage.
[MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR National Executive Director
Nihad Awad is traveling to
Ohio to offer support for the local Muslim community and will take part in a multifaith prayer service on
Sunday, October 7, in support of the Islamic Center of
Greater Toledo.WHAT: CAIR Director to Take Part in Multifaith Prayer Service for Burned Ohio MosqueWHEN:
Sunday, October 7,
2 p.m.WHERE: Islamic Center of
Greater ToledoCONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director
Julia A. Shearson, 216-830-2247 or 216-440-2247, E-Mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
Hate crimes charges were filed in U.S. District Court in
Toledo, Ohio, against
Randolph Linn, 52, of
St. Joe, Ind., for the
September 30 arson attack on of the Islamic Center of
Greater Toledo. Linn was charged with intentionally defacing, damaging and destroying religious real property because of the religious character of that property and with using fire and explosives to commit a felony.
The woman who identified Linn in surveillance photographs said he recently made anti-Muslim remarks, including comments about the worldwide reaction to an anti-Muslim video on the Internet. While being booked, Linn allegedly stated, "[expletive] those Muslims."
FBI: Hate Crimes Charges Filed Against Indiana Man for Religiously Motivated Attack on the Islamic Center of
"We welcome the federal hate crime charges in this case as a clear demonstration that the Department of Justice will not tolerate attacks on mosques or any other American houses of worship," said CAIR National Executive Director
Other American Muslim institutions have been targeted during a recent spike in hate incidents. In September, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate hate vandalism at mosques in
New York. In August, CAIR asked authorities to investigate a suspicious fire at a mosque in
CAIR: Burned Mosque to be Constructed Inside Joplin City Limits
http://tinyurl.com/9hqfl2bCAIR Report: Thirteen Days in
http://www.cair.com/portals/0/pdf/Ramadan2012incidents.pdfCAIR: Anti-Muslim Attacks Continue
Also last month, CAIR submitted written testimony for a Senate hearing on hate crimes and the threat of domestic extremism.