Vandalism At Mosque, Interfaith Display, Suspected As Hate Crimes

January 5, 2010

Author: Salvador Hernandez

Source: The Orange County Register

The Council on American-Islamic Relations denounced two incidents of what it called "anti-Islam hate" after a Quran was found burned in a mosque parking lot and a Muslim component of a holiday display was defaced, both on New Year's Day.

Munira Syeda, spokeswoman for CAIR, said that although the two incidents were reported on the same day, they do not appear to be related.

A copy of the Quran was found burned outside the Islamic Education Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa by a member of the mosque who was visiting for Friday prayers, the mosque said. "This deplorable incident is a form of anti-Islamic assault, hate-crime, and terror campaign against American Muslims," read a statement issued by the mosque, which said the Costa Mesa Police Department is investigating.

In Mission Viejo, a display that included a verse from the Quran was vandalized with what appeared to be red spray paint, said Lt. Mike Gavin, chief of police services for the city. Deputies were called to the intersection of La Paz Road and Chrisanta Drive just after 12 p.m. Friday after the vandalism was discovered.