The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called for federal hate crime investigations and stepped-up police protection for a Virginia mosque targeted by vandalism and harassment with hate rhetoric, and for an online arson threat to a Tennessee mosque.
WSLS Administrators at a Roanoke, Virginia mosque said the center has been the target of vandals for over a year and hope to bring an end to attacks on the building. Surveillance video from the Masjid An Nur Islamic Center on Salem Turnpike shows vandals throwing objects at the worship center early Thursday morning. The vandals broke the glass in the front doors. During an interview with mosque administrators, people across the street could be heard shouting vulgarities and saying things like “terrorist.”
In Tennessee, the Muslim Community Center of Northeast Tennessee in Johnson City was reportedly targeted by an online threat of arson, according to a mosque official. Center officials have asked for increased patrols during prayer times.
WJHL An investigation is underway into a threat made against the Muslim Community Center of Northeast Tennessee. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the Community Center asked the sheriff’s office for extra patrol around the center on Antioch Road in Johnson City during its afternoon prayer. The Muslim Community Center told us someone found the threat online and alerted the center.
Two years ago, an audience in Tennessee applauded at hearing about the burning down of a mosque in their state.