On Sunday, a Colorado mosque’s surveillance footage showed an unidentified individual vandalizing the building by throwing a Bible and rocks at its glass doors.
In a statement to CNN, officials with the Islamic Center of Fort Collins said that a male suspect is being sought out for tarnishing their mosque with large rocks and a Bible. The prayer room at the mosque was also reportedly vandalized.
Local police and lawmakers took to Twitter to express their disgust over the incident. Authorities are currently seeking information about the suspect in the footage.
Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim advocacy organization in the U.S., called on officials to treat the vandalism as a hate crime. Hooper claims the Bible used in the act suggests a “bias motive” behind the attack on the mosque.
“Because of the use of a Bible in the vandalism, we would urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive for this attack on a house of worship,” said Hooper in a statement to The Hill.
— John Hutto (@FCPSChief) March 26, 2017
The vandalism that occurred at the Islamic Center in Ft. Collins is unacceptable. It’s time for us to stand in unity. These acts must end.
— Rep. Jared Polis (@RepJaredPolis) March 26, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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