The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) called for federal hate crime charges to be brought against three men who allegedly painted a racist slur on a mosque in that state.
Authorities say the men painted slurs and an obscenity on the back wall of the Hudson Islamic Center last week. They have been charged with aggravated harassment, conspiracy, making graffiti and criminal mischief.
Last week, CAIR called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for recent vandalism at a Phoenix mosque site. Mosques in California, Tennessee, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Texas and Florida have faced vocal opposition or have been targeted by hate incidents in recent months.