Nashville Human Relations Commission Monitoring Qur'an Defilement Case

June 24, 2005

Source: The Tennessean

On June 24, 2005 The Tennessean reported, "A Metro agency that works to resolve complaints of discrimination stepped in yesterday to assist Islamic leaders, the day after a defiled Qur'an was found on the steps of a Nashville apartment.

Staff from the Metro Human Relations Commission met with religious leaders yesterday to document their accounts of the Wednesday incident, said David Perez, a compliance inspector with the commission and an attorney. Perez also contacted the Metro Police Department to gather information about police response, which religious leaders have criticized as too slow.

The Qur'an was found at 647 Crutcher St. covered with flies and having a torn-out page mashed into what seemed to be feces and burned... The steps where the book was found lead to two apartments, neither home Islamic, Aaron [a police spokesperson] said.

'At this juncture, we still do not know who is responsible or where the Qur'an came from,' Aaron said. He said the FBI has not opened an investigation, but the federal agency is in 'close contact' with the Metro police."