Mosque Vandalized in Illinois

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On May 24, 1999, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the
mosque at the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, Illinois was
vandalized when a basketball-sized concrete block was thrown through
the mosque’s windows on the morning of May 15th, 1999. Though the
vandals left no sign of anti-Islamic graffiti, members of the mosque
believe it was a hate crime because of the size of the rock and the
repeated presence of a white van with four teenagers outside the
mosque on the morning of May 15th. Religious leaders in the Chicago
area have announced their support for the mosque and decried the
vandalism. About 20 religious leaders and local politicians
symbolically carried the stone out of the mosque on a sheet,
re-enacting an episode from the life of Muhammed that quelled a