Bullet-Riddled Quran Left on Anaheim Islamic Clothing Store's Door Probed as Hate Crime
Evidence of a hate crime, Donald Trump rally prop or both?
The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose office is in Anaheim, today called on the FBI to investigate as a hate crime someone leaving an apparently bullet-riddled copy of the Quran outside an Islamic clothing store in that city.
You know, the home of "The Happiest Place on Earth?"
The owner of Al-Farah Islamic Clothing found the English translation of the Quran pierced with multiple holes and hanging on the front door of the Anaheim store Tuesday morning. That prompted him to immediately call CAIR-LA and the Anaheim Police Department, which are investigating the incident as a hate crime, according to the SoCal offices of the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
Noting that a window of the same business was shattered several months ago, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said, "Anyone has the right to be a bigot, but when that bigotry is expressed through the targeting of individuals or businesses through acts of intimidation similar to a cross burning it crosses the line into criminal behavior. If you shoot up a Quran on your own property, that is bigoted freedom of expression. If you deliver that bullet-riddled Quran to a Muslim home or business, that is an act of intimidation and a hate crime."
He said police and his organization are trying to determine whether both incidents at Al-Farah Islamic Clothing are related. Surveillance video has yet to be examined.
Ayloush's greatest fear is the Anaheim incident is part of "an unprecedented spike" in anti-Muslim discrimination and hate crimes in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Paris.
And don't forget the Trumputsch.
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