Shura Council Expresses Concern at Rising Hate Crimes

Anaheim, Sep 13, 2005: The Islamic Shura Council has called upon the civic, political and law enforcement leadership of Southern California to note the rise in bigotry and hatred toward Muslims and Islam in Southern California. In June, a mosque in the city of Adelanto was burnt down. In July, a mosque in Pomona was vandalized and on August 19, the mosque in Redlands was vandalized.
A Shura Press Release says: “As an umbrella organization of over seventy mosques and Muslim organizations, the Shura Council is increasingly concerned for the safety of people and places of worship. It recognizes that not all people are hateful and espouse bigotry but those who do must be held accountable to the fullest extent of law.
“The Shura Council shall continue to monitor this new ugly trend and is determined to work in retaining the distinctly rich diverse culture of Southern California.
“The Shura Council calls upon the civic, political and law enforcement leadership to take note of these incidents and ensure the safety of people and places of worship.”

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