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Civil rights group wants investigation into possible Quran defacement

Erica Zucco
March 17, 2017 07:41 AM

A national civil rights group is calling for a broader investigation into a potential crime police say may have occurred in New Mexico this week. The Santa Fe Police Department says it is looking into claims a couple defaced copies of the Quran in a library.

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“We believe it’s important enough that we called for an investigation of a broader scope,” said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for Council on American-Islamic Relations. “We’re seeing so many incidents in recent months, especially after the November election, targeting not only American Muslims but other minority groups as well.”

Hooper said he and CAIR hope law enforcement officers take the case seriously and charge the suspects involved if deemed appropriate.

“Any time you have someone attempting to desecrate religious text, whether it’s the Quran or Bible or any other religious text, it’s very offensive,” Hooper said. “It’s something that should be addressed by not only the library but potentially by law enforcement authorities if they determine some crime has been committed- besides the obvious crimes of vandalism and destruction to property.”

Hooper said he hopes incidents like this also spark a larger conversation with religious and political leaders from every side of the aisle coming forward to speak out against Islamophobia and discrimination against minorities, and for unity and peace among all people.

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